|So, let's see if I can explain the sequence of events that lead to this issue:|
I had 2 partitions on my C drive. Partition 1 contained Windows and 2 Linux (including GRUB, the bootloaded)
Using a partition manager (EASEUS), I deleted partition 2 and increased partition 1's size.
I completely forgot that by deleting partition 1, I'd have problems booting up windows XP, since I erased GRUB.
When the computer boots up, I get the missing NTLDR error. I have my windows XP CD, so I ran the repair utility that gets me to the prompt.
I checked all the possibilities and found that it might have been an error in the MBR.
So I ran FIXMBR, and I remember getting a warning along the lines of "if you select yes, this may cause the disk/partition to be unreadable". I selected yes.
I also ran FIXBOOT. Rebooted the disc, but had same issue.
Tried to copy the ntldr and ntdetect.com to my C:, AND that's when I noticed that when I do a "dir" I only saw the two files I copied and a "third one" that has the infinite symbol as filename. Also, I noticed that the size of it is 0 bytes.
I booted the system using a linux live cd to see if linux could see the drive.
Linux DOES see the drive but everything has unreadable characters. I can check the properties of every file and can see their file type (such as "text file",etc..).
Now, what do you guys think about this?
Is there a way to boot up the windows XP partition that is there?
THank you all,