Solving the Problem
In my case, where I had my computer’s file system corrupted, I was using Windows XP installed to a FAT32 partition.
You can solve problems in Windows XP file system by using the program CHKDSK that comes with Windows XP itself. To do so, use the following steps:
- Boot the computer using the CD-ROM drive with the Windows XP installation CD.
- When the Welcome to the Installation Program screen appears, press the R key to select the repair option.
- Type the admin password (in case the partition is NTFS) and press Enter.
- In the command prompt type chkdsk /r and press Enter. This command will locate damaged sectors and will try to recover data.
- Next, type the chkdsk command again, now with the /p option (chkdsk /p). This command will verify the disk media status.
- At last, type the fixboot command to correct problems in the partition table.
- Type exit to restart the computer.
By using the procedure described above, I solved the problem in my computer’s file system. You can also use the Norton Disk Doctor utility from Norton Utilities pack to solve problems in your hard disk.