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Old 03-08-2010, 05:14 PM   #16
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Really appreciate your help Smoker!
I had quite a bit of free space on my c drive, probably 50mb or so?
I'm sorry but I know a bit about pc's etc but I know very little about partitioning or partitioning tools although I did use data lifeguard tools and ERD commander a good few years back. Does that count? Although to be honest I don't remember much about it!
 
Old 03-08-2010, 05:18 PM   #17
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Another thing to consider is to take this as the opportunity to buy a new hard disk. This allows you to do a fresh install of XP without destroying the possibility that there is some way to retrieve at least some of your data. Be sure to completely remove your old drive during the install, though, for obvious reasons. It will probably be faster and larger than your old disk, as well.
 
Old 03-08-2010, 05:27 PM   #18
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Thanks quakeboy02, something to consider!
 
Old 03-08-2010, 05:28 PM   #19
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If you only had 1 partition which you saw as C: in My Computer then you are out of luck then I'm afraid.
If you also had a D drive which wasn't a CD or DVD drive, then you may still be able to get at that.

But the problem at the moment is getting windows to see the drive at all.

You have to get a Live CD to format the drive and create at least one windows readable partition on it.

Hirens Boot CD can do that for you.
http://www.hirensbootcd.net/details/10.2.html

A bit difficult to burn it to disk without a working pc of course.

But to be honest, I would try to find a friendly local geek to help out. It's a bit too involved to do based on chatting over the internet.

Sorry.

Alan

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Old 03-08-2010, 05:39 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the information Alan, really appreciated.
I'll get a copy of the cd and see, or maybe find someone who knows what they are doing rather than make it any worse myself!!
Thanks again.
John
 
Old 03-08-2010, 05:42 PM   #21
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A bit difficult to burn it to disk without a working pc of course.
If you have enough RAM (at least 1GB, 1.5 or 2 would be better) many LiveCDs can be loaded entirely into memory, allowing you to remove the CD so you can burn another one. You'll need the iso on an external drive unless you have loads of RAM (like 3GB+). Of course that assumes you have a CD writer and an existing LiveCD.
 
Old 03-08-2010, 06:01 PM   #22
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I think I heard that Puppy Linux completely loads into memory in Live CD mode, I am not sure if this would mean that you can take out the CD and still work with it.
 
Old 03-08-2010, 07:27 PM   #23
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DSL will definately fit into RAM. But he's not getting any choice at boot. No access to BIOS either.
 
Old 03-08-2010, 07:30 PM   #24
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DSL will definately fit into RAM. But he's not getting any choice at boot. No access to BIOS either.
I think he is getting the choice of where to boot:

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With the BIOS I normally press F2 on boot-up but this doesn't work anymore and neither do any other keys, except F10 for boot options!
Hmm. Is that a BIOS option, or is that the windows bootloader? BIOS is usually entered by holding down the "Delete" key when you power on.
 
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It's not always the delete key.

It's often one of the F keys. See if it says something along the lines of press this key for options, settings, etc.
 
Old 03-08-2010, 08:03 PM   #26
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I forgot that I have a VirtualBox Windows XP here, and that does ask for F12 for boot options, so I'm thinking he's getting the Windows bootloader - which makes sense.
 
Old 03-08-2010, 08:24 PM   #27
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I had a desktop pc running XP home, my daughter has an Acer Aspire 100
running a Linux OS which developed a problem so I attempted to create a
recovery disk from the supplied DVD onto a memory stick via my desktop
pc. It transpires that the recovery wasmade to my desktop pc in error
and now my desktop does not boot up at all. Is there a way to remove
this 'recovery' at all and revert back to XP??


Thanks in anticipation.
Have you try to boot with a Linux Live CD? try that and see if you can see your partitions.... I might be late on answering, also try to download Hiren's tool CD it has a lot of softwares which lets you fix your computer..


http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd


I hope my post helped you....

Regards Dan,
 
Old 03-09-2010, 03:19 PM   #28
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Thanks guy's, I'm still working on getting a Linux Live CD to try the options.
I'm really appreciating all your help and suggestions.
 
Old 03-09-2010, 06:01 PM   #29
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Thanks guy's, I'm still working on getting a Linux Live CD to try the options.
I'm really appreciating all your help and suggestions.


No problem anytime ........
 
  


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