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Made a Boob with Partition Magic

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by leachim, Jul 21, 2006.

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  1. leachim

    leachim Thread Starter

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    Hi

    I took out a drive from a friends computer and put it in mine because I have PM installed.

    His Problem is that he reinstalled xp into a small partition (c) onto his 160 Gb disk. Partition D is huge and holds his old os.

    The space on c is 3 Gb and there is no room left.

    What I was hoping to do was to use PM to move the partition to increase the space for C.

    I opened PM and it said there was some errors on this drive - do you want to fix them - I said yes.

    Now it wont boot in the original computer and PM has blanked out the drive in yellow and said bad sectors. (the data is still on the drive though)

    How do I get it back to boot - mbr ? :confused:

    Hope someone can help

    Thanks

    Mike
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    The hard drive failed. You're not going to be able to get it to boot. If you need the data on it, take it out and try some recovery software, but with actual damage, I wouldn't hold out much hope.
     
  3. leachim

    leachim Thread Starter

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    It booted ok when in the original computer.

    Now when I fixed "errors" with Partition Magic from within another computer, the damn thing wouldn't boot from its original source....

    Is it because of PM :mad:
     
  4. DoubleHelix

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    If the drive has bad sectors, then it's shot. Partition Magic didn't physically damage the drive, it just marked the sectors as bad.

    Yes, it booted okay in the original computer before you repartitioned, but as a part of the partitioning process, bad sectors were written to with data. Now the drive won't boot.
     
  5. leachim

    leachim Thread Starter

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    Ah

    I didnt repartition though - before I did anything, PM asked me if I wanted to fix errors - I said yes.

    I have heard of fixmbr and fixboot - would anything else help ?
     
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    Hello leachim :)

    I was cleaning out my Documents folder this morning and came across this saved file.
    I've never needed or tried this, but here it is. Hope it is useful.

     
  7. leachim

    leachim Thread Starter

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    Thanks for all that

    Just tried most of it to no avail - must be an important first sector that has gone.

    I put the disk in another computer to get off some data, but a My Documents folder says "Access is denied"

    Any idea how I get over that one....

    Thanks
     
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    Yep, that sorted the ownership issue

    Cheers
     
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