Silly Mistake - What are my options?

May 13, 2009 at 17:02:47
Specs: Linux i686
On my 250gb HDD I had about 10GB of unallocated space from ages ago. This space had nothing on, it had been secure erased. I recently obtained Partition Magic, and so tried to go about turning the unallocated partition in to an NTFS format and then merging it with my Windows partition. Anyway, when I pressed apply to re-format the partition I got a BSoD with contained the following technical errors:

STOP: 0x000000CA (0x00000001, 0x899CE270, 0x89B12558, 0x00000000)

Now my problem is that when I get in to GRUB and go to Windows Professional XP SP2 it will give me the screen saying "Windows did not shut down correctly" and gives me the choice of safe mode, last known good config etc. I go on anyone of these and it will not get to the Windows loading screen as it seems to automatically restart. I then go to the advanced settings (F8) and try all of the options - none work.

I've tried booting up with the Windows disk - Gets to Setup is starting Windows and then goes straight to the BSoD.
I've tried using ERD Commander to get back in to Windows - Straight to BSoD.

I'm fairly sure I will not be losing any truly important data, but there's a good 100GB of programmes, software, music, and video that I've collected over the past few years, which I would prefer not to use.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to get Windows back running normally again? If not, how do I go about re-installing Windows - Seeing as I can't use the Windows disk.

I'm pretty stuck right now, and have no idea what to do from now on.

Any help much appreciated - willing to answer any Qs you may have.

PS - I can log on to Ubuntu and get to my WINDOWs files through there...


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#1
May 13, 2009 at 17:42:04
I see that belfasteddie answered your post in another forum but try resetting the BIOS to defaults. It's a long shot but worth a try.

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#2
May 13, 2009 at 17:45:30
Have you tried to boot from the windows install disk and choose repair existing windows?

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#3
May 13, 2009 at 18:13:45
paulsep,

The OP posted the same question in another forum HERE. To that end, belfasteddie answered it as noted by guapo above.

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#4
May 13, 2009 at 18:36:16
I think paulsep's suggestion is sure worth a try. But it would be probably best to maybe use a live Linux CD and save whatever you can first.

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#5
May 13, 2009 at 19:04:38
Might have to use Ranish to fix partitions.

Should have read the documents and warnings for PM. It would have allowed you to fix it.

I'd use a bart's or ubcd4win cd to run chkdsk maybe.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#6
May 13, 2009 at 20:51:16
You might also try fixboot and fixmbr using the recovery console when booting to an XP CD.

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#7
May 14, 2009 at 04:18:32
Great replies. Thanks a lot guys. I posted it here because this forum seemed a bit quicker/active.

I've tried booting from the Windows disk, goes straight to the BSoD.

Tried resetting the BIOS - no fix.

I will try using the following suggestions.

But no my problem is how do I format my drive and remove Windows (and Ubuntu if neccessary).

Another problem is saving my files. I tried putting them in to an external hard drive, pulling them out of My Documents in Windows from Ubuntu. I could access the files, but now my drive will not mount. Any ideas?

Thanks again everyone. Much appreciated!


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#8
May 14, 2009 at 06:02:25
woops. double post :(

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#9
May 14, 2009 at 13:04:33
Which drive did not mount? The external one?

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#10
May 14, 2009 at 13:09:15
It won't mount because your partition is all screwed up.

Get and use ranish.

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#11
May 15, 2009 at 04:27:25
Echo post-9 - which drive won't mount?

If you can see the drive where all your files are via a linux cd boot then you ought to be able to transfer those files off the system to optical media? After-which set about recovering defunct system?


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#12
May 15, 2009 at 08:06:18
Ok, I got most of the files I want to keep on an external drive now.

My problem is that now I can't seem to figure out a way to reformat my HD so I can install Windows again. I have no access to Windows what-so-ever on this computer, so I'm a bit stuck.

Any suggestions?


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#13
May 15, 2009 at 08:11:56
When you boot from the windows CD - is it a full version you're using - or a dreaded recovery disk?

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#14
May 15, 2009 at 08:31:40
It's the full version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional. It will boot from the disk, but when it enters "Setup is starting Windows" it will then jump straight to the BSoD.

As I say, I am currently running Ubuntu - there must be something I can do in Ubuntu.


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#15
May 15, 2009 at 08:46:52
mmm... BSOD - can often mean: RAM issues... Not always but often nonetheless...

Suggest you reduce to a single stick (if more than one present) and a min of 128Meg; and if needs-be try each stick in turn?

Incidentally "was" this a Linux/XP installation (dual-boot)?


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#16
May 15, 2009 at 09:52:18
The good old original Windows XP Pro installation CD did not support SATA drives.
If you have a SATA drive, you need to add the manufacturers driver during the installation process, where you are shortly prompted to press the F6 key, to install a custom driver.

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#17
May 15, 2009 at 10:08:29
I do have a SATA drive, and thinking about it, I did see that F6 option for a split second. I will try it when I get home tonight.
How do I install the custom driver or where can I get it from? Is it automatic?
TY guys :)

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#18
May 15, 2009 at 10:19:35
Ah...SATA... "ewes-fool" to know about these lil' thynges/dipherences......

Check the web-site for the drive; usually one can download drivers there; and then supply as appropriate during setup (F6) via usb-stick, floppy, CD etc.?


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#19
May 15, 2009 at 13:49:15
The only way to install the driver is, to have the driver on a floppy disk. There is no way to choose another drive.
Another solution is, to use a Windows XP installation CD with build in SP3.
In this case, you don't need to press F6 to install a custom driver.

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#20
May 15, 2009 at 17:10:54
Ah, that's going to be a problem....I don't have a floppy drive.

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#21
May 16, 2009 at 02:04:53
It would still be very useful to know what type of system this is: laptop or desktop/workstation?

If a laptop... I think... you can safely swap out the XP CD briefly ti supply the drivers from another CD? Similarly you "may" able to supply them via usb-stick -as I think it may well be available even during setup? But never had to try either approach I may be incorrect; perhaps others here can advise on that approach?

You might also consider making a true copy of your XP CD; add the drivers to a separate folder on that copy/CD. Point to it when it asks for the drivers - via F6? Again I ain't dun it but can't see why it wouldn't work...

If a desktop etc... and there is space (and internal wiring - data cable and power cable) install a floppy drive. They cost so little these days and are still a useful item...

Another approach: get a usb floppy-drive; use that to provide drivers for either system laptop/desktop etc. as any current system will almost certainly allow access to a floppy at boot up? Check bios is set to allow it...?

And reading your post elsewhere... this sounds like it "was" a dual-boot system with Linux; and that Linux is still there? If so.... and there is a common file format present in Linux partition... then put drivers there (in own folder). Then when asked for them by XP setup... (F6 etc.) point/navigate to that location? Ain't neva played wiv Linux in a dual/multi-boot environment; only a CD version... so not really sure it this idea is even remotely viable...?

So - questions/things to answer/consider: is it laptop or what; Linux still there; can you access a usb stick during setup; likewise provide a floppy-drive be it via usb or physically installed; and/or swap out XP CD for one with the drivers (briefly)?


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