Windows 2000 is installed but will not boot

Dell Dell optiplex gx280 desktop intel p...
November 10, 2009 at 21:02:59
Specs: Windows XP (Home and Pro, 2.127 GHz / 2039 MB
For some reason or the other, Windows 2000 Pro is installed on my PC, but won't boot into it. When I installed it, it only showed about 120GB of my 500GB hard drive. I proceeded with the install. At first, it booted, so I assumed no problems. Then, I reinstalled XP Home (that came with the PC), then I installed XP Pro with a reinstall disc that I had. That was the original OS that was on the system. Both XP's reconized the actual size of the drive. And both XP's passed Microsoft's validation with no problem. What happens when booting into Win 2K is the proper screen shows at first, then a blue screen shows up, telling me to check for viruses, do a chkdsk /f , both of which I've done and no problems show up. The virus scanner even showed the Win 2K files as it was running. And also on the blue screen, it showed inaccessible boot device, with error codes, 0x0000007B, 0x8905E870, 0xC000014F, and 0x00000000 twice. My other OS's boot fine, and during install showed the proper amount of drive that I had left. It is odd that on a clean drive that Win 2K showed so little. I installed all the OS's just like any other. In fact, this is the first time this has happened to me during a install. The OS is in the system, is there any way of rescuing it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as I'm totally baffled by this.

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November 11, 2009 at 17:31:46
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You will probably find that Win2K is not 48bit compliant.

When XP first came out it too would not recognize drives over about 120gb. Needed at least SP1 to work properly.

Tell us. When you installed the other operating systems, ie, XPHome & XP Pro, did you create separate partitions or are all the operating systems installed in the same partition?

If so you have a recipe for disaster. Regardless of this your 2K operating system is corrupt and unrecoverable.
You should wipe the whole drive, Create partitions no larger than 120gb, then install 2K first and reinstall the XPs into separate partitions of their own.

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November 11, 2009 at 22:36:35
I have a lot of experience installing Windows and Linux OS's, but not on a 500GB drive. The biggest that I've had prior to that was 100GB, so that was a major leap for me. I did install all three OS's on their own partitions, with XP Pro having about half of the drive. Both XP's were running fine, so I reinstalled both, splitting the drive in half for each. Once again, they both validated and are running fine. I just didn't know that Win 2K didn't reconize a large drive. Somehow or the other, they need to come up with a way to make it work. Did all systems have little drives in 1999 or 2000? I'm just glad that XP was fixed to run. It can run on a 1TB drive. But all is not lost. I have Win 2K Pro on both of my laptops along with XP Pro and Ubuntu 9.10 (one of these systems is only a 40GB drive) and both runs well. Thanks a lot for your advice, this was a big leap for me. All that I've ever had were laptops. This is my first PC, and I'm going to get a new one soon from Dell that only has 320GB, but has Windows 7 Home Premium.

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November 16, 2009 at 10:54:22
I agree with you that reinstalling OS's over and over is not good, but this is not a pirated copy. It is a full retail version, not the one for a new PC only. It was hard to find and I paid $70 for it. The EULA stated that I may install it on a single PC at a time, which I complied with. I had no problem installing it on my laptops. But I didn't know that the OS only reconized small drives. But thanks for taking the time to reply. I just bought a new all in one HP PC with Windows 7 installed, but I'll not be installing Win 2K or XP on it. Windows 7 Pro is the thing, and I believe that it will finally put Win 2K in the grave and in a couple of years, XP will follow. But I still have them on my laptop and will run it until the wheels fall off.

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