Dual Boot disaster

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ReverendLoki

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I was attempting to resize my partition so that I could dual-boot my system. Once resizing was finished, I found that the partition software had decided to erase windows. Now, I can't re-install, as it seems my MBR is hosed.

I get through setup to the point where it is supposed to show partitioned and unpartitioned space, and asks you where you want to install Windows. All I see is

Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)

4 times in a row.

Please help me get my computer running again.
 

ReverendLoki

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I downloaded the boot disk, recreated a DOS partition and even ran an fdisk /mbr, but I still can't get windows to find any hard drives installed on my computer.
 

ReverendLoki

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To wit:

My hard drive is set up as Master in my laptop.
This is formatted, and I've set it to be the Active primary partition and bootable
Even with this, Windows XP and 2K refuse to acknowledge its existence.
 

Rache

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When you run fdisk/mbr there should be no spaces, ie fdisk /mbr.
 

crjdriver

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Since you are using win2k / XP, why are you using dos commands? There is never a need to use a win9x boot disk, dos boot disk, etc to install NT based os.

While your install maybe damaged beyond repair, you can try this.

Boot into the Recovery Console with either win2k or XP. Once in the RC, type
"Fixboot"
"Fixmbr"
without quotes; pressing enter after each command.

Once that is finished, type "chkdsk /r" without quotes. There have been a few instances of chkdsk fixing a disk that PM has damaged.

When you are finished with that, type "diskpart" from diskpart, you can view your partition check the status of partitions, etc. You can also create a partition in unallocated space.

BTW I an not a fan of partition magic. If you really need to make a partition on a disk with data on it, try Acronis Disk Editor. It is a much better, more reliable program.
 

ReverendLoki

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Ok, let me restate my problem, and what I've tried to do to fix it.

The major problem is that no OS can see my hard drive. If I put in my XP recovery disk, it'll start to set up and when I get to the screen asking me where I want to install, it shows that I have no hard drives. I managed to get around this by plugging in an external drive and installing on that. However, I get a 0x0000008E error. I've looked that up, done the RAM module shuffle, and nothing.

Then, I took out the hard drive and was able to slip it into an external casing and install XP on it via another system. I put it back in, and it gets a little farther this time. Now it tells me that it can't read from the selected boot disk.

Give it to me straight, will I have to send it back/take it in to the Geek squad for help?
 

JohnWill

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If your system can't see the hard drive, I'd start by solving that problem. That appears to be a hardware issue. I suggest downloading the disk manufacturer's diagnostic for your brand of hard disk, and running that. Until you get a working hard disk, it's pretty hard to proceed.
 
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