I run Windows XP Professional on my PC. My PC shutdown unexpectedly due to electricity outage. Since then, whenever I tried to boot it, it doesn't get to the login screen before starting to reboot all over again. I've tried booting to safe-mode without success. On slaving the hard drive to another PC, i discovered that I cannot access the "Administrator" folder. I have valuable data on the hard drive. Can anyone help?
It sounds like a hardware problem, first I would try replacing the RAM chip. Hopefully you can grab one from another pc to test. Given your situation if it still doesn't work after swapping ut the RAM the only other things it could be is the processor or the Mobo. You said you tried slaving the HDD on another pc. Why not use it as master and boot from it? This might solve the problem of accessing the admin folder?
like i said earlier, the hard drive doesn't complete boot ing again. It simply doesn't boot to the windows desktop. If i slave it to another hard drive, of course the good hard drive boots, but i just can't access the administrator folder. Even the size of the folder reads zero!
change the 4 pin power adapter to another one. your PSU should have plenty of it. And one more, keep pressing Num Lock when u booting.
I had a problem like this, too. Try to get acces to e.g. c:/boot.ini
and check if there is a boot entry!
then check if there are the following files:
if they are not there, windows can´t boot!