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XP no longer boots

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by plejon, Sep 9, 2003.

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  1. plejon

    plejon Thread Starter

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    My PC no longer boots from one particular harddrive.

    I have XP installed on a 40 GB harddrive. Since a couple of days, I can't boot from the harddrive anymore. When I start the PC, it goes through the bios normally, detecting the HD correctly. After going through the BIOS, when normally the OS starts to load, the screen just goes blank. No "insert system disk" or "ntloader" messages, just a blank screen.

    I installed an old 2GB harddrive in the PC, installed XP on it, works like a charm. I connected the 40GB as second harddrive, booting from the 2GB drive. In that setup, I can access the 40 GB drive without problems. I see and manipulate all data on the 40GB disk. I ran error-checking on the 40GB disk, no errors reported.

    How could I make the 40GB drive bootable again ?
     
  2. dai

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    try
    fixboot
    fixmbr
     
  3. plejon

    plejon Thread Starter

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    No luck with fixboot and fixmbr.

    I tried a manual copy of ntldr and ntdetect.com on the 40GB disk, no luck either.

    I'm running out of options. If nobody has an idea, I'll try to reformat the disk.
     
  4. mobo

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    Reboot with the xp cdrom and select install and one thing to keep in mind here is to not select clean install.When first prompted to enter (r) for the repair console do not but select install again whichshould bring you to an emergency repair screen. Thats the way to go if you want to save your programs and files.You may have to reinstall windows updates though but at least you will have a system with all your programs on it.
     
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