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0x00000024 after bad partition resize

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by 99luked, Nov 2, 2011.

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  1. 99luked

    99luked Thread Starter

    May 21, 2009
    Thanks for your time reading!!

    I tried tonight to create a partition on my compaqs local master hard drive. I used partition magic 8.0 to resize and then extend on an existing partition. I was asked to restart but came up with error messages something like drive locked error 27.

    I then booted into safe mode, and after 4 hours the system still hadn't loaded. I had a feeling this was due to partition magic but as it had been so long I decided to power off, and power on. I'm now faced with error 0x00000024 and a BSOD. I can't boot into safe mode, I can't get to a command prompt, I can't enter the recovery console.

    I have read various sites suggesting I download 'ultimate boot CD' and carry out a utility to repair the partition or using a Ubuntu live CD however even after trying different versions I can't boot from CD/DVD!! I can boot from my windows XP CD and these bootable discs work on my laptop instantly, however when I try and boot from CD on this desktop I'm getting no where.

    With the windows xp I'm getting the option to format as the drive is damaged. Ideally I need to run chkdsk or a similar utility but how??

    I have data on the drive I really want to avoid losing.

    Thanks for your time any advice would be appreciated
  2. 99luked

    99luked Thread Starter

    May 21, 2009
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Partition Magic was a piece of junk even in its prime, but it is far too old to be used on modern systems and was always prone to errors.

    Partition errors are generally unrecoverable. You may need to reinstall Windows, repartitioning as part of the setup process.

    But you could try partition recovery. And file recovery if you had anything on the drive that you have not backed up recently.

    Testdisk (for Windows)
    Testdisk Boot Floppy Image
    Testdisk on Live CD

    Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)
    If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

    This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.
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