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XP System Restore Problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by paulmor, Nov 20, 2001.

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  1. paulmor

    paulmor Thread Starter

    Nov 20, 2001
    Ok, heres my setup

    Two hard disks:

    Hard Disk 1: NTFS WinXP Corporate (C: in XP)
    FAT Partition for files (was G: in XP:)

    Hard Disk 2: Linux Partitions
    NTFS partition for file storage (D: in XP)

    The problem is this:

    I only created the second partition on hard disk one recently to share
    files between my XP and Linux setups (theres no read/write NTFS driver
    for Linux). However, I also recently installed PGP Personal Security
    7.02 and have had a few problems with it so I decided to use System
    Restore to my last restore point. I only did this because after
    uninstalling PGP I was still getting strange problems.

    All sounds well BUT the last restore point was before I created the
    FAT partition on hard disk one. Nevertheless XP booted correctly, but
    the minute it got to the login screen everything halted, I cannot move
    the mouse, keyboard or anything. While all this is happening the
    system still appears to be loading, ie the hard drive is still
    accessing and I can hear my scanner initialise. But I cant use the
    mouse or keyboard. Nothing works but a hard reset.

    On a second boot XP stated that drive d: (which should be my NTFS
    partition on hard disk 2 was out of sync and ran scan disk. Obviously,
    Windows is now mistaking the second partition on hard disk 1 as D: and
    not the NTFS partition on hard disk 2.
    So I tried all the standard fixes, safe mode etc you name it but no
    luck. Windows locks on the login screen and only a reset gets it out
    of it. I tried restoring the last known good configuration but again
    no luck, the same problem occurs (I think because windows boots
    correctly - at least in theory this was never going to work).

    I tried entering repair mode afrer booting with my windows xp cd but
    again no luck. I also tried Partition Magic (DOS version). It is
    reporting the FAT partition on hard disk 1 as c: even though the NTFS
    partition is set as active and primary. I tried hiding the FAT
    partition on hard disk 1 and even deleting it but no luck still.

    I (stupidly) did not make rescue disks for win xp nor did I for norton
    utilities, something I am now killing myself over. Could these help me
    in any way?, anyone know where I can get them from?. Does anybody have
    any idea what I can do?, this problem has got me totally stumped.

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Thanks in advance

    [email protected]
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