Please forgive me for my ignorance if this question has already been asked, however I'm currently been trying to fix my cousins Dell Dimension E520. It has a western digital 80 gb SATA HDD and here lies my problem I believe.
When i was first given it to look at and it was booting from HDD it was saying file C:\windows\sytem32\config\system was missing or corrupt. So needless to say he had lost his disc that came with the PC. I tried to do a fresh install using my XP disc but whenever i got past the setup loading files to Setup is starting windows I got the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death with the error 0x0000007B. This meant I couldn't format the HDD. I managed to get a bootable CDROM to format the HDD but problem persisted. I then after closer inspection realised it was SATA HDD . The machine has no floppy drive so i have tried to streamline the drivers into Windows using Nlite but alas it hasn't worked same screen appears.
Could this be a viral problem or a dead HDD?
Any Help Would be appreciated or even if you could just lend me a lump hammer!!!