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    Speed Disk error

    I used Norton Systemworks Speed Disk on my c: drive, a NTFS volume. Things worked ok until the next time I rebooted. XP would not start, error message said "cannot open file: system32configSOFTWARE." The file does exist. choosing "use last good configuration" did not work. Any ideas about how this could be resolved?

    I then saved an image of this broken configuration, and restored c: from an earlier image. One problem: I had encrypted my Quicken subdirectory on drive D: after the backup image was made. Now running the from the restored backup image, I cannot access that directory. I can read all the files on the image of the broken configuration; is there a way to copy the certificate files from the broken image to the working configuration so that the encrypted subdirectory can be read? I find the whole encryption thing a bit confusing.

    I have three partitions:

    c: 8 gig NTFS, system files, program files
    d: 12 gig NTFS, data files, application install packages, mail stores
    e: 40 gig FAT32, Media files, non-critical archives, and Norton GhostPE image files of the first partition (GhostPE cannot write image files to a NTFS volume)

    This resides on two 30 gig drives striped by an IDE RAID card.

    (i should learn not to do things like defrag after midnight) <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Speed Disk error

    Ugh, I HATE it when that happens. Always seems to be for no good reason too.

    You can boot with the recovery console from the CD, which will give you command line access to the OS. There is a copy of SOFTWARE (which is a registry hive) located in %systemroot%Repair, where %systemroot% is usually WINDOWS for clean XP installations (WINNT for upgrades from NT/2000).

    Copy this file to %systemroot%SYSTEM32CONFIG and try to reboot. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - more often than not you can get away with it. It depends on how old the version in the REPAIR directory is.

    <hr>(i should learn not to do things like defrag after midnight)<hr>
    I should learn to go to bed by that hour instead of being up that late to begin with!! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Speed Disk error

    thanks for the tip. Tried it. System will laod, but many errors and the encryted folders still cannot be accessed. That file must have some pretty important stuff in it.

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    Re: Speed Disk error

    Many errors. I was afeared of that. If you're feeling like tinkering, you can also copy from the Repair folder the other registry hives, so that you have a matching set.
    <UL><LI>system
    <LI>security
    <LI>sam[/list]I don't know if it will resolve errors - and I don't know if you even feel like messing with it any longer - but if you do, make sure you start at 11:30 <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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