boot into another partition

gateway laptop
June 6, 2008 at 05:55:51
Specs: xp, 512
I have a Gateway laptop about 4 years old. the cd rom is dead and there is no floppy. last year a friend of mine partitioned the hard drive and loaded the xp disk and exe files so I could boot reload form that partition. t is now giving me a disk error and I want to reload Windows XP form that partition. How do I choose which partition to boot from? there are no options when it starts up other than to enter the bios. The only other option I can think of is to try to boot form an external USB drive, but I dont have an option for that. any ideas?

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June 6, 2008 at 06:07:27
You stated you get a disk error.
Any errors should be stated word for word here, so people can help you.

Maybe your harddrive went bad. But cannot tell because you do not say what the error says.

If the harddrive is bad, then you will not be able to load the other partition.

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June 6, 2008 at 06:15:00
In addition to what Chuck2 stated you would need a BIOS with the option to boot from a USB flash drive.

You can chenck to see if you have that option before proceeding any further. Boot into the BIOS (setup) and see if you have that option. If you do then I suggest you download a drive fitness test for your harddrive and run it to determine if there is a drive issue.

Is the harddrive properly identified by model an size during the startup screens? If you don't see the startup screens then boot into the BIOS and disable fast start and any Logos. Beboot and the starup screens should then show.

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June 6, 2008 at 11:28:59
The disk error could be from trying to boot from a partition that does not contain an installed Operating System.

I suspect your friend simply placed a back-up copy of XP on the new partition, rather than a second installation of XP. If it were a Second install of XP, I believe you would have a Boot.ini file that would present the dual Boot options on start-up.

Are you able to boot to WindowsXP from C: to either Normal or Safe Mode? If so, you can use the backup on 2nd Partition to do an over-the-top install of Winxp on C:.

Without a Floppy or CD your choices are limited, actually, Floppy is mostly useless on XP, for what you need. You cannot even run HDD software without one or the other.

Also, it would be helpful to know what problem you are having with WinXP on C:

If C: is producing the Disk Error, you may be dead-in-the-water with this HDD, unless you can install it in another Computer (External USB Drive for Laptop HDD)where you can run the HDD Software, and copy files from Partition x to C:

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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June 6, 2008 at 11:47:45
Gateways should come with an extra partition with a recovery image that should restore your system to the way it came from the factory.

I wonder if you misunderstood your friend.

Check here
Or you can go to the Gateway web site or call them for information on how to recover your system to the way it came from the factory.

But as mentioned above, if the drive is dead that complicates things.

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June 6, 2008 at 15:53:54
Without a CD or floppy it isn't easy to do anything. How do you manage to do anything productive with the computer?

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June 14, 2008 at 10:27:24
Sorry for the delayial boot up, it says, out of town. On initial boot, it says "A disk read error occured". I do have teh options to boot to bios, but that is it.It is an older laptop that I want to use for internet in another room. If i dont get it to work, I wont bbe too upset.

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June 14, 2008 at 11:16:48
"I do have teh options to boot to bios" What I stated was that in the BIOS you need an option to boot to a USB flash device.

The options for what to boot from are selected in the BIOS screens, along with many other choices. If you are unfamiliar with your BIOS you may want to look at the manual for your Laptop.

If you don't have a manual go to the Gateway site and enter the number on your case of search by model number to download the manual.

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