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Here is what I did: I tried to use Ghost to back up WinXP_copy1 while booted into WinXP_copy1. When you tell Ghost to backup, it seems to leave something on the MBR to tell itself to boot into some kind of virtual partition it creates. In the past I have imaged both copies of WinXP but always while booted into WinXP_copy2 - so it didn't damage Lilo. This time, for no reason in particular, I tried to ask the 'copy1' Ghost to do it, and when I boot all I get is
"Missing Operating System"
I also tried to load Partition Magic and as has happened in the past, it says it can't even read the partition table (this usually means that I have trashed the MBR somehow).
The good news is a still have my Knoppix live CD available. Question: given that I need to reinstall Lilo, is there any way to do it from the Knoppix live CD?
I tried a whole bunch of stuff from the Knoppix live CD and couldn't reinstall Lilo. I then even tried the Windows rescue CD and one copy of Windows couldn't recognize my admin password while another did. It didn't understand fdisk /MBR but it did understand FIXBOOT. Nothin' doing though: when I tried to reboot all I got was a message "NTLDR Missing."
Thanks very much for your help. And guess what: I backed up all my user data last night to my Mac (on which I am working now) so no user data was lost in the accident, just 3 operating systems. I really had Knopp 3.6 running well too - even had updated the wireless drivers.
For the benefit of others: stay away from Norton Ghost when using a Knoppix / WinXP dual boot! It does work okay if the 2nd of two Windows copies takes the image, but not if the first does (for whatever mysterious reason).