Solved pwr fail format of bkup erases all partitions

Acer / Aspire t180
October 17, 2011 at 20:18:54
Specs: Windows XP, 2 gig
lost win xp and all partitions deleted after my battery backup monitor erroneously shut down during a format of the backup storage partition (D:), when power came on, both C: and D: appear to be missing, and I get the "ntldr not found...press ctrl+alt+del to restart" -- it now will not even detect the xp install disk, although at bootup the boot detector shows all 250 gig available...
I have tried direct linking to another pc to clone the drive, as my ethernet card seems to be working (wireless internet router connected to deleted pc, and still working)--the laptop cannot detect the pc hard disk either. I'm somewhat knowledgable, but I am feeling really stupid here...
I just can't seem to get any OS installed....I have an Acer Aspire t180 with
Thanks in advance for any ideas

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#1
October 18, 2011 at 02:05:15
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I don't think drive C is definetly lost.. the interruption may have damaged the boot Sector and/or the MBR or lost the partition, but it may be recoverable

Option 1) Get a USB adapter for the HD and from the laptop try either of the following
a) repair the MBR with a repair tool or
b) recover lost partitions with a Partition recovery or management applicaton.
c) backup files followed by a format and clean install.

Option2) Download a Bootable CD; Hiren's Boot CD or UBCD 4 Win CD burn it to a CD, boot the CD and do as with Option 1.

Option 3) Install a new HD, do a new installation, install the problem HD as slave and do as with Option 1


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#2
October 18, 2011 at 11:09:16
Late last night i found the drive. It is empty, but I will try your advice. Thanks.

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#3
October 18, 2011 at 17:26:33
So, I finally got it to detect the drive, and began reinstalling (the drive info was deleted). Everything worked fine until I began installing XP. It let me format the unallocated space, and began the install. Then, POOF! Up pops "not enough memory to load windows (etc.)"--system crash screen appearsthat I didn't bother to copy by hand. Only option was shut down.
I was able to get Hiren's boot disk to run, but I am now (again) very tired, and unsure of best use of tools on disk.
Any advice/ instructions would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
MSPBOSF
(Man Currently Suffering from Prolonged Brain Fart and OS Failure)

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#4
October 18, 2011 at 17:27:34
Or maybe I just re-read the original response. (DOH!)

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#5
October 18, 2011 at 21:21:32
Thank you, Chicano. After several attempts, where my HDD became undetectable after starting the windows install, I am currently reformatting my HDD, and installing WinXP again. I am so happy I finished CD backups of all but my music and video files before the crash. I can have my system back in shape by early morning. You really saved my *expletive deleted*! (Since October 19th is my birthday, I would lke to thank you for the gift.)
Using Hiren's Boot Disk and it's assorted tools made this possible. (Thanks to Hiren, too.)

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#6
October 18, 2011 at 21:21:47
Note to site manager(s): This entry can be closed now.
This site is bookmarked and I will recommend it to anyone having issues. Glad your link was so highly rated on the Google search I made.

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#7
October 19, 2011 at 14:15:22
Sorry I didn't get back to your thread while you were struggling with the recommended solution, but I'm glad you solved it on your own... Congrats for that! and happy birthday!!

One more suggestion I just have to make... Check your RAM modules are clean and well seated in the sockets... that Insufficient memory message you got during the installation suggests your system may have a RAM issue and if I'm not mistaken it may have contributed to the original problem.


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#8
October 20, 2011 at 14:23:29
It may have. And new problems after install. Go figure.

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#9
October 20, 2011 at 21:49:49
What kind of new problems?


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#10
October 24, 2011 at 17:18:57
After a recent crash, and successful reinstall of windows xp, I now get a blank white screen at startup on my desktop. I hear the proper beeps, and it seems to load the OS, but I cannot see anything.
I have tried everything, and I had not yet gone online with PC for updates, but it worked fine until I shut down, unplugged, and moved upstairs. I have checked to make sure all memory and other items are seated properly, and they seem to be. I can't even over-ride it with a bootable cd. I tried both the onboard video card, and the GeForce 9400 GT --unninstalling the GT to test original: same result. I have tried f8 at startup, and jjust about everything short of kicking the machine itself.
Any thoughts other than "go buy a new one" would be appreciated. (Lack of funding rules that out. As it does for "take it to Geek Squad, the insanely high priced fixit guys).

I did post this in a separate thread, but your first answer was spot-on, so I am just sending this copy to you. Thank you so much.


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