|OK Gents. Here's my hell. |
I had two windows installs on my desktop. 1 on a SATA drive, (D:) which I used. Also connected was an IDE drive with two partitions. (C: and E:)
Now, D: was my used install of windows XP. C: read out as a system disk, but I thought this was left over from wayback, and E: had my old copy of windows.
As a result, I really screwed myself by wiping my whole IDE drive to clear up space. Shouldn't do anything bad, since I'm only running off my SATA...............or so I thought.
Now, I can't boot. (Well, I can, but only because I reinstalled XP on the IDE drive as a short term help. Not the boot I want. )
I need to get back onto my SATA drive install of windows, and I'm not backed up since my backup external flat died on me.
When I tried to boot, (prior to reinstall of OS on IDE drive) I got "NTLDR is Missing"
I can't afford a wipe and reload on my SATA drive. Too much important documents I need to back up. (Damn my backup drive for dieing on me.)
So I tried telling the thing with the F8 boot menu to boot off the SATA drive. When I do that, I get black screen with flashing cursor. I've also tried booting with the IDE drive disconnected.
I tried running recovery console's fix boot, but it didn't help.