Accidental system file deletion=Hardrive problem

  ed t 16:49 18 Jul 2008

Hi there,

My Sony laptop harddrive has stopped working because I think I mistakenly deleted a system file on my C Drive.

When I turn on my laptop the initial Sony symbol just pops up continually, and it doesn't proceed to the Windows login.

How can I correct this? and get my laptop to work properly!

thanks in advance for help.


  woodchip 16:58 18 Jul 2008

Deleting files should not stop a Drive Working, however that said, is the Laptop a new Laptop with a Sata Hard Drive????? as you may have deleted drivers for Sata

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:03 18 Jul 2008

Do you have a windows CD for your ops system?
Vista or XP?

  ed t 17:13 18 Jul 2008

Woodchip - Not sure if its a SATA drive, but my laptop is a Sony Vaio & 1 yr old.

The files I deleted were outside any folders on my C Drive. I can't remember what they were - i guess they may have been drivers.

Fruit Bat - nope i dont have a windows CD for my laptop.

I have connected my hardrive to another computer, and for some reason i can only access 'My Shared Docs' and not 'My Documents' (which is where all my important info is stored). Help!

  Pamy 17:17 18 Jul 2008

What is your operating system XP pro Me etc. if one of them try "Restore" ti an earlier date

  ed t 17:20 18 Jul 2008

Pamy - my operating system is XP. The problem is i cannot even access my windows login - so i can't see how i can 'restore' to an earlier date.

Right now I can only access my BIOS settings.

  Pamy 17:23 18 Jul 2008

Do you have a "Recovery disc" suplied with the computer when bought or made by touself soon after purchase

  ed t 17:26 18 Jul 2008

Pamy - unfortunately not. Is there anything I can download that would help?

  Pamy 17:28 18 Jul 2008

You can get a boot disc, but it may not help

  Pamy 17:30 18 Jul 2008
  Sea Urchin 17:31 18 Jul 2008

Have you tried accessing the recovery program on the hidden partition? Tap F10 whilst booting. Or recovery discs/downloads available from

click here

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