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03-May-2011, 10:00 AM #1
c:\ windows missing in Recovery Console
Dell Precision 390 computer. XP Pro

daughter turned off comp w/o shutting down. Next day get hal.dll missing error.

Comp was installed with 2 partitions, a system restore partition (D and windows (c.
Per advice from other forums, I went into XP Recovery Console (R) and started to go through the process. However, I only had 1 choice of installation to select: C:/Minint. C:\windows was not an option. Since I was not really sure what Minint was and because I could not see any of my Windows folders, I decided not to do anything in Recovery Console.

I loaded UCBD and i was able to see 2 partitions on my 80GB drive a 3.9GB partition NTSF and 74.1GB unallocated partition (which used to be my windows folders).

Now I've been messing around with a bunch of different programs on UCBD and Hiren's Boot Disk, but I'm not able to see any of my Windows folders.

At this point I've gone from a Repair mindset to a Recover Data mindset. I just want to get c:\windows back and get my data.

on top of that, hal.dll error is gone but replaced with NTLDR missing error. I've not been able to fix that either.

Thoughts? HELP?
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03-May-2011, 10:32 AM #2
go back to your recovery console and one at a time type:

fixmbr
fixboot

hopefully that will let you back into your computer with a normal restart
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03-May-2011, 10:49 AM #3
I should do this even if c:\wiindows is not an option? Won't i be fixing the MBR on an install I don't want (c:\minint)?
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03-May-2011, 10:52 AM #4
type cd windows and let me know if it shows up
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