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Old 05-15-2011, 04:29 PM   #1
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Can I Repair A Windows XP Registry With Puppy Linux?


OK, here is my problem. I have a Windows XP system that is partitioned. The C partition contains only the operating system and updates. The D partition holds my data. I did this to avoid losing my data should I have to reinstall the OS.

Recently, I had been getting the error that my C drive was running out of room. I wanted to increase the size of the C drive by taking free space from D using a program called Disc Detective. I did a lot of reading and it was highly recommended. BIG MISTAKE!

Somehow, I believe DD screwed up my registry so bad that the hard drive will no longer boot and I'm using Puppy Linux to try and recover my data. luckily I have an external hard drive big enough for this, so my data is safe. But I'm wondering if there is a way to repair the registry using Puppy Linux and an installed registry repair tool.

Also, I'm booting Puppy Linux from a 4GB flash drive. Is it even possible to install programs to this setup?

Thanx in advance,
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:58 PM   #2
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[SIZE="2"]I'm using Puppy Linux to try and recover my data.
Please let this be a lesson to you, always backup your important data to an external medium, especially when you are trying to things like partitioning.

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I believe DD screwed up my registry so bad that the hard drive will no longer boot
What do you mean with "no longer boot"? If you can start the system and it tries to boot into Windows, press F8 short time after the BIOS POST disappears to get into the Windows boot menu. If that works, try the "Last known good"-option, this will replace your registry with a backup copy. If that doesn't work (you can't get into the menu) your problem is not related to your registry.

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But I'm wondering if there is a way to repair the registry using Puppy Linux and an installed registry repair tool.
No.

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Is it even possible to install programs to this setup?
Yes.



I searched with Google for a program called disc detective, but found not one link to it. May I ask for a link to the recommendations you read?
 
Old 05-15-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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Thanx Tobi,

As I said, my data WAS backed up to an ext. drive. The lesson I learned here was NEVER use Disc DIRECTOR ~ sorry... gave you the wrong name. I should have gone with my instincts and used Partition Magic. I've used it before, but never for this particular task.

When I said it will, "no longer boot", I was referring to the fact that it is stuck in an endless preboot session. Upon startup I see the bios screen for the mobo, then the dos screen detecting the drives, then the Windows splash screen with the progression meter, then to another dos screen with all the boot options. NONE of these options work and just loop back to this screen again. The same with F8, F10, F12 and any other F I try. Every option available to me returns the same result. My only option to access the hard drive is with Puppy Linux.

So I'm assuming as you say, my problem isn't with the registry? I could always reinstall the OS to the original partition and I would lose those programs that force themselves to be installed there. That's no big deal. I still have an image of the C drive that I can search for those programs. But I would still be left with the original problem. Adding space to the C drive without screwing up my whole system.

At this point, I'm thinking it might just be better to go ahead and reformat and use Partition Magic once the OS is installed. I know you can change partition sizes during the Windows installation, but I'm a little squeamish about trying that.
 
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[FONT="Tahoma"]As I said, my data WAS backed up to an ext. drive.
Nope, you said that you have backed up your data after your problem arose:
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I'm using Puppy Linux to try and recover my data.
What I was saying is that you always should have a somewhat recent backup of your important data, and especially make a backup before doing system critical tasks.

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At this point, I'm thinking it might just be better to go ahead and reformat and use Partition Magic once the OS is installed.
Since you know have backed up your data, the best way would be to delete all partitions and create them new in the sizes you want before installing a new OS on the system. You can do that also with Partition Magic. After that install the OS and copy back your data.
 
Old 05-15-2011, 08:09 PM   #5
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Nope, you said that you have backed up your data after your problem arose. Since you know have backed up your data, the best way would be to delete all partitions and create them new in the sizes you want before installing a new OS on the system. You can do that also with Partition Magic. After that install the OS and copy back your data.
When I said, "luckily I have an external hard drive big enough for this, so my data is safe.", I neglected to mention the data had already been saved... my bad.

So I can use Partition Magic BEFORE I install Windows? Just boot the system with the disc in the drive then? I didn't realize I could do that. Thanx for that info, Tobi. Very helpful indeed.

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So I can use Partition Magic BEFORE I install Windows? Just boot the system with the disc in the drive then?
Does this mean that you tried to partition the disk from your running Windows? This is the #1 reason for failing when partitioning, trying to change the partition the OS works on. Never do that, Always use a live system for that, like the Partition Magic CD, GParted or your Puppy Linux CD.
 
Old 05-15-2011, 09:20 PM   #7
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If you still want to try editing your Windows registry, you can try NT offline:

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/

Burn the ISO to a CD, the USB option (via unetbootin) didn't work for me.
 
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If you still want to try editing your Windows registry, you can try NT offline:

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/

Burn the ISO to a CD, the USB option (via unetbootin) didn't work for me.
You beat me to it. The newest version just came out not too long ago either. I have used it plenty of times, and it definitely works
 
  


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