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Computer wizards, or anybody who has words of advice

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by PetaKane, Apr 1, 2003.

  1. PetaKane

    PetaKane 1/2 ton status

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    Early this morning my computer froze, and then the power button wouldn't turn it off so I had to reset the surge protector to get it to reboot. Then I got a DOS screen, can't remember exactly what it said, but it was the same thing that happened to my old computer after the hard drive crashed and I lost my 35+Gigs. This time I was sure I'd lost it again, only this time it's closer to 80GB. I reinstalled my Windows XP CD and amazingly I still have everything, but Windows will not load unless the CD is in. Does that tell you anything at all? I'm scared to try anything because I don't know if I'll lose everything again. I'm gonna try and burn a whole buncha CD's to save my MP3's since that's what I know I'll miss the most. Can anybody help out with this? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
  2. newyorkin

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    Too tired and have been off duty too ong, but I'd say your boot sector got messed up. I've had similar problems using Linux dual on windows systems.

    Are you at all familiar with fdisk? You could try "fdisk /mbr" to rewrite your mbr, but it may screw you data up if you use overlay software for the bios to see the drive.
    You could also get into fdisk and make sure the primary partition is actually active. When you get into fdisk, if you see a message that says something like "Warning: no partitions are curently set active".

    I had something similar happen on a laptop years ago, I think our resolution was to leave a floppy disk in and it would boot win2k off of that. Not how I'd leave itnow, but the team I was on back then was fine with that...
     

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