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Old 06-25-2006, 05:07 AM   #1
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Semi-urgent problem regarding booting and partitioning

Okay, so here's the deal.
Working on a winXP system running 2 NTFS partitions, windows installed on partition 2, partition 1 99% empty. I figure "Hey, I'll format the first part. into a fat32 part. so that I could play around with knoppix (haven't installed nuffin' yet).
So, now, after formatting, Windows refuses to boot again, something about corrupt system discs when the BIOS runs. I may be a totally untalented noob, but how do I get Windows to load up again? I managed to save a boot.ini file before formatting...
In retrospect, this is more of a windows/BIOS question, but whatever.
Can anyone help?
Old 06-25-2006, 06:33 AM   #2
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For, this seems 100% windows related.
boot the 2k CD and choose repair?

Install knoppix or any small linux onto partition 1 and use a linux bootloader to boot windows

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Old 06-25-2006, 07:26 AM   #3
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Several questions:
1. How did the system wind up with 2 NTFS partitions and Windows on #2? It seems that whatever WAS on #1 before re-formatting may be a clue. As the other post says, try booting from Windows CD--rescue mode--and run "fixmbr".
2. Why not run Knoppix first from the LiveCD--this way you don't have to disturb your system.
3. Why FAT32 for Knoppix?--If you decide to install it, it will (I think) do the partitioning/format in a Linux file system.
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Your best bet is to fix windows with the 2000 CD, backup the files you want from windows on some dvds, then reformat the harddrive. Make it NTFS for partion 1 (in the Windows Install), FAT 32 for partion 2, Ext3 for partion 3, and swap for partition 4 (those last 4 do with the linux install). After you have windows running again, copy the files you want to have onto the Fat 32 partition, and install Linux on the Ext3 partion. I just installed Linux for the first time (Kubunto) last night in that sequence and it worked for me pretty easily.


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