I have a computer that started out with an error stating that the ntfs.sys file was missing or corrupted. I tried the guidelines in the MS Knowledge Base for renaming the file and copying the one from the XP CD. I did that about 5 times, but it did not work. One problem I had was that the instructions said to eject the CD before exiting the Recovery Console, but I couldn't do that. Then, I tried to re-install/repair XP, but I got an error saying that the ASMS file could not be found. I fixed that error as well. Now, I this PC hangs as I install XP as 34 minutes are remaining. I have disconnected everyting except the keyboard, mouse, and monitor. I have also re-booted at least 10 times. There is some very important data on the hard drive. Just wondering what else I can do to fix this without losing the data.
Sorry for the long posting