My brother was playing a game the other day and his computer just shut off. When he rebooted it said missing/corrupt SYSTEM file. It's not his HDD, because he can boot into knopix and view his files. When we try to use a windows disk to boot from it says the drives cannot be found, even with pressing F6 for special drives. He has two SATA drives in his computer that are not being recognized. No working floppy drive is available.
I tried to copy my SYSTEM file for him, but since it's in use it won't let me copy it.
Is there any way to fix this? We want to avoid reformating, though if needed it is an option. He was able to transfer all of his important files to my computer.
Windows XP Pro
SATA HDD x2
Thanks for any help! As you know, losing your computer is like loosing one of your best friends... =(