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Reformat ...stuck in Partition Loop

January 15, 2005 at 21:10:18
Specs: WinXP Pro, 512

My friend screwed her reformat... Now it's stuck in a loop where no matter how you try to boot it, it will not boot from cd (cd error) and it wont read a boot diskette... But it will go to the partition list... where I can't delete th current partition because it contains files being used for the setup...

If you continue with setup, it will reboot the computer back to the partition.

Nothing will boot it properly... CD, Diskette... nothing.... I'm doing this thing over the phone because she can't do it on her own and lives to far away for me to be there....


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#1
January 15, 2005 at 21:35:12

If the boot floppy is known to be good smd the BIOS is set to boot floppy first, either the FD needs cleaning [best case] or it needs replaced [not so great].

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#2
January 15, 2005 at 22:04:25

Let me guess...another person completely wiping their HDD because of spyware?

What kinda boot floppy are you trying to use? You can't format an NTFS partition using a Win98 or WinME boot floppy.

Have your g-friend go into the BIOS & change the boot order so that CD-ROM is the 1st boot device, then have her boot off the WinXP CD. Tell her to watch the screen, it will prompt her to "press any key...."

Then just follow the instructions to delete the partition. Then have her create a new partition & format it as either FAT32 or NTFS, depending on your preference & size of the partition. Read these instructions, complete with screenshots:

http://helpdesk.its.uiowa.edu/windows/instructions/reformat.htm

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#3
January 15, 2005 at 22:14:22

Got it... it's good, got it reformatted... now i'm gettin "boot from atapi cd rom failure..."

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#4
January 15, 2005 at 22:39:50

You get that error message when the CD is set to first boot device in bios but there is no bootable CD in the drive. It then attempts to boot from the next device in the list. usually the harddrive. If setup has not been commenced then there will be no boot info on the HDD. Put the XP CD back in and reboot. You should then be ablt to proceed with the instal.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach him to fish and his wife will never forgive you.


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