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Can I repair this installation?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jp-engr, Apr 5, 2010.

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  1. jp-engr

    jp-engr Thread Starter

    Mar 26, 2010

    I have a 2006-era hp dv6000 laptop. It came with Windows xp pro, with a "restore" partition and an identical

    "restore" dvd. It has 2G ram, 256GB hard drive, and a dvd r/w.

    I'm normally a linux user, but have to use xp occasionally for a few professional programs that run only under

    windows. So I shrunk the Windows partition to 50GB, repartitioned and formatted the hd, and installed opensuse 11.2

    linux. Linux works fine. When I had occasion to use Windows, I had some problems, so I tried reinstalling it.

    CATASTROPHE! The restore partition promptly and silently (so that's what "restore" meant!) wiped my hd,

    repartitioned it, and copied xp into the new 240G ntfs partition. Fortunately, I back up pretty frequently, so I

    lost rather little of my information. After reinstalling opensuse and restoring my home directories, I did some

    waiting work under linux, and am now in a position to try to fix xp again.

    This is what i know so far:

    -when I boot into Windows, it says teh ntfs partition is corrupt and I need to run chkdsk to fix it.

    -I do, and when Windows comes up, things look ok. But there are several Windows updates pending.

    -I let the updates proceed, and they fail saying "the file or directory can't be created". C:\$MFT is corrupt, and

    I need to run chkdsk. I reboot, and get the same action: need to run chkdsk, which appears to succeed, but I can't

    update. I also can't install my legal copy of Symantec antivirus; "file or directory can't be created".

    -After several of these attempts, I find I can run chkdsk from the command line, which results in 5 successful steps

    (the bootup chkdsk results in 3 successful steps). No change.

    I did a google search trying to find something, but I don't see anything that appears to help. I'd reinstall, but I

    can't. I can only "restore", which causes a massive rebuild task, and doesn't seem to help anything.

    Any wisdom here?

  2. Mumbodog


    Oct 3, 2007
    did you run chkdsk /r ?

  3. jp-engr

    jp-engr Thread Starter

    Mar 26, 2010
    Yes; when I did the google search, one of the first things I found was chkdsk -f and -r. In fact, chkdsk -r is the one that gave me 5 steps instead of just 3 as did the boot chkdsk.

    And, as I said, chkdsk said all steps were successful, but nothing changed.
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