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Deleted partition now won't start up

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by barb012, Apr 1, 2011.

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  1. barb012

    barb012 Thread Starter

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    I have a Dell AMD athlon XP 3000+ which the previous owner had partitioned the HD for the DVD player. I followed the instructions to delete the partition for windows XP and now my computer won't start up. It won't let me start up normally or in last known config. In safe mode a get a list of disk/partition with a bunch of start up files. How can I fix this?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    How were the partitions configured, then and now? Is the recovery partition still present with the Windows installation files that substitute for the CD? Do you have an XP CD?

    How did you delete the partition?

    Any changes to laptop partitions often destroys the manufacturer's MBR.
     
  3. DVOM

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    It's possible that your "boot.ini" file is now pointing to the wrong partition. I've always used a LiveLinux CD to get in there, look at the partition setup with GParted, then edit the 'boot.ini".
     
  4. Elvandil

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    It's probably more likely that the boot.ini, other boot files, and the MBR are all now gone.
     
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