'Security Accounts Manager ' : What to do if it fails

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Published: 21st September 2009
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A Windows registry component stored as a database known as Security Accounts Manager or SAM is used to store users' passwords in hashed format. In case, the file gets deleted , the results can be dangerous as unwanted programs can log into your system account. Apart from such security leakages, if the file is lost or gets corrupted, you will face some errors while system boot-up.

To resolve such errors, you might need to reinstall the operating system and consequently, restore data from backup. Data restoration is a problem if you don't have any valid data backup. Thus, you should use hard drive recovery tools to effectively recover data thus lost.

If you are a Windows XP user and try to start the system, it gives the following error message:

"Security Accounts Manager initialization failed because of the following error: A device attached to the system is not functioning.

Error Status: 0xc0000001.

Please click OK to shut down this system and reboot into Safe Mode, check event log for more detailed information."

The above error is typically observed with a Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional based computer system. However, if you try to start the computer in Windows safe mode, you get the same error as above.

Reason of this problem:

The main reason behind this error is SAM file is missing or corrupted/damaged.

Lets solve this issue:

In order to this issue, we need to replace the file or restore it from a backup. Here are some methods to troubleshoot the problem:

  • Restore the SAM file from backup. You can do this only if you have used a backup utility that could backup system state.

  • Copy SAM file from C:WINDOWSrepair to C:WINDOWSsystem32config

  • Reinstall Windows and restore data from backup.

If no clean backup exists, you need to use hard drive recovery software which are fully-featured data recovery applications designed to perform safe and effective recovery of all the lost data. Hard drive recovery utilities are graphically rich applications that incorporate high-end scanning algorithms to examine a logically crashed drive. You can use such tools in all logical data loss scenarios.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a fully-featured and advanced recovery solution to recover lost/missing/deleted data for Windows 7 RC1, Vista, XP, 2003 and 2000. It is a non-destructive Hard drive recovery software built with powerful technology and embedded with suitable options. The application provides advanced features, such as Drive Status, Disk Cloning, Disk Imaging and more.

Author is researching on the hard drive related problems and explains the situations that can cause data loss .Author has given solution of hard drive recovery and suggested to use hard drive recovery softwarefor lost data recovery.

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