Need help fast! Pleeeeez

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by TekNo, Jan 7, 2003.

  1. TekNo

    TekNo Guest

    I've got a big problem,
    I use WinME and WinXP Pro on a duel boot. WinME=C:, WinXP=F.
    I decided to do away with winME and deleted the C: partition with Partition magic 7.
    When i rebooted i got a message "boot failure from previous device, Insert boot disk"
    How can i get it to boot on WinXP without formatting etc ( i've got 18gbs of files in winXP and don't want to lose them.

    C: was primary partition and F: is logical
  2. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

    Amstelveen, The Netherlands
    by deleting your winme on c: you have destroyed your boot record. I dont know if this can be solved, but try to boot to dos with a 98 boot floppy and edit your boot.ini or try the recovery console on the xp cd and at the consol type fix mbr or something :)
  3. apu95

    apu95 Caffeine-->Code Converter

    Montreal, Canada
    im not very agile with partitioning, but i have used PM 7. im guessing you could try one of these:
    1) reinstall xp (WITHOUT UNINSTALLING THE OTHER ONE) and make another "c" partition, then read the "f" xp partition and swap everything to the "c"


    2) use your partition magic emergency diskettes and try to see if its possible to transfer the "f" partition to a "c" primary one

    hope it helps,
  4. dave holbon

    dave holbon Moderator

    London England
    Your going to have to boot from the XP CD and go to the recovery console and re-build the MBR by running the “FIXMBR” utility and “BOOTCFG”.
  5. TekNo

    TekNo Guest

    Thanks for the help peeps. It turned out that the hard drive was faulty (intermittent) Had to buy a new one and start again.