Windows can't detect HDD because driver cache\i386 files are missing. PLZ HELP

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    The gigabyte disc had drivers and I slipstreamed all the 32bit drivers into a disc (which I also slipstreamed driverpacks onto). So I ended up with an xp disc with a whole lot of drivers, but guess what? It didn't work. So I'm throwing in the towel; time to get a new hard drive and salvage whatever I can from the old one. Thanks for all your help though, I really appreciate that you took the time to help somebody who's halfway across the world.
     
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    I am sorry that we could not repair your system.

    You have learned quite a bit at least :)
     
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    Good news, I repaired my pc and you would never believe how easy it was.
     
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    please, tell how you did this for the benefit of someone else who may have your issue.

    glad you got it working. :)
     
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    Turns out that the boot.ini file got deleted. Found the boot.ini.backup file in a folder called pss (it's in the windows folder). I copied it and renamed it to boot.ini and Bob's your uncle. You may wonder how I accessed the HDD. Easy; I connected another hard drive (with windows on it) and booted from it. After that I just navigated to the "damaged" hard drive and did the boot.ini thing. I can't believe how easy this was and hopefully anyone else with this problem will be helped.
     
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    Great!, also this is what fixboot and fixmbr would have done were you able to use the recovery console, or boot to hirens.
     
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