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Deleted active partition :eek:

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sinikur, Apr 21, 2008.

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  1. sinikur

    sinikur Thread Starter

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    Ok, to start out, I know I am an idiot...I am a little too advanced a user to do something like this.

    Anyway, I have a 70 G IDE hard drive that originally had no partitions, loaded with XP. My buddy helped me to make a new partition (with Partition Magic) to re-install a new copy of XP as the old one was running pretty slow and had a bunch of crap on there.

    So then I had a dual boot system, and everything was grand. Then, after I yanked all the stuff I wanted off the original installation of XP, which was drive c:, I deleted it (Partition Magic again). My buddy had told me to re-format it, not delete it. :(

    Of course, that was the only active partition and the other copy was bootstrapped, so now I cannot load windows. Get a message saying please insert boot media.

    I tried to use the XP disc, but when I try to install it on the c: partition it says there is no XP-compatible partition. I can use it to make and delete partitions, but they are listed as 'raw' and cannot be used to install windows on. XP setup tells me to go back and create an XP-compatible partition, but it seems I cannot, just can create these 'raw' partitions.

    The partition that the new install of windows is on is there, but I don't think I can do anything with that, as I do not want to lose any data, so re-formatting is out of the question.

    I am not sure whether I can use the XP disc to repair the new installation, I will play around with it a bit more when I can.

    Anyway, I saw a lot of similar problems out there but they all have somewhat different situations. So I was wondering if anyone knew what to do in this situation.

    By the way I do not have a floppy disc drive.

    My plan is to buy a new IDE HD, re-install windows, and then hopefully at least be able to recover my data, or even figure out how to get back to dual boot so I can use that installation, which was set up pretty cool. But the important thing is the data of course.

    Anyway any advice, please let me know. I will report on my progress.

    And if anyone is laughing their a** off at how stupid I am, keep it to yourself! :eek:
     
  2. src2206

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    If I have understood your problem correctly, you need to reinstall XP. Insert the installation media and go through the process till you are presented with a screen where you need to choose where you need to install XP. There should be a unformatted free space. Choose that to install your XP. If there is no C drive present, Windows will assign this free space as Drive C:.
     
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