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Old 07-29-2005, 06:45 PM   #31
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You know if you are really in a pinch, and you have access to another computer, you can attach the hard drive to that other computer and mount it as a secondary drive. You should then be able to access all of the data on your hard drive.
 
Old 07-29-2005, 06:48 PM   #32
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Yeah, but there are a lot of installer programs on there... etc..

I have tried this once before. If i attach it to a computer running Windows XP Proffesional Edition when i try to access the My Document it tells me "access is denied" I was not logged on a computer administrator though.

Will it always do this?
 
Old 07-29-2005, 06:50 PM   #33
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If you get an "Access Denied" message, then you need to change the Windows file permissions for your My Documents folder and its subfolders. Unfortunately I cannot remember how to do that, so you might need to Google for that solution.
 
Old 07-30-2005, 04:16 AM   #34
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If you have a Windows boot floppy, you can boot from it and do "format /mbr". This will remove the current bootloader from the MBR and you should be able to boot into Windows.
 
Old 07-30-2005, 04:56 AM   #35
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I don't think i have one! Can i download one?

All i have is the Windows XP Home Edition CD-ROM disk!
 
Old 07-30-2005, 09:06 AM   #36
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Quote:
Originally posted by greenjm90
I don't think i have one! Can i download one?

All i have is the Windows XP Home Edition CD-ROM disk!
Search on the web, you may be able to get the files to create a Windows boot floppy or cd.
 
Old 07-30-2005, 11:26 AM   #37
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Quote:
Originally posted by reddazz
If you have a Windows boot floppy, you can boot from it and do "format /mbr". This will remove the current bootloader from the MBR and you should be able to boot into Windows.
its

Code:
fdisk /mbr

also if the mbr is waaaaay beyond fixing

try "fixboot" from XP recovery console instead of "fixmbr"


another alternnative is reinstall windwos... NOT format the windows drive just reinstall on top of itself.. this is only really useful if you need just data off the drive and dont care about installed programs... when you get to the "select partition" part select "leave alone" or whatever its say to not touch.....hit enter ta da! windows..


a little more in depth is this site...
XP wont boot after dual boot

there is also a "repair" option during the install.. actually theres two points to try repair ...
step by step help to fix XP


also in the event you need a boot floppy for some reason...

tons of boot disks..




Last edited by byte.chaser; 07-30-2005 at 11:46 AM.
 
Old 07-30-2005, 12:39 PM   #38
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Yep, its fdisk /mbr. That was an error on my part.
 
Old 07-30-2005, 01:46 PM   #39
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no worries,
I just hope one of those helps him, been there it sucks
 
Old 08-06-2005, 02:01 PM   #40
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Thanks for all your sympathy guys!

I won't fiddle next time.

I'll try them out soon and let you know
 
Old 08-08-2005, 06:47 PM   #41
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There is nothing wrong with fiddling, so long as you have backups!

Hope everything turns out OK.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 06:03 AM   #42
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Right tried all that!

I ran fdisk off a floppy and no partitions were set as active, so i set the one with Windows on Active.

XP started to run and i thought great, i've fixed it however the blue xp installation screen came up asking me to insert Windows XP Disk so it can install windows.

I'm sure it's already installed.

If i put the disk in, would it install over the old edition and i'd have to install alll my programs again?

Anybody any ideas?
 
  


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