XP primary partition set to logical cant boot

October 13, 2010 at 07:12:43
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Phenom II 940 8GB
In Windows 7 using the disk management tool I had created 2 additional partitions on a 1.5TB HDD that had Windows XP working on it, on Partition E(old partition). Right after partitioning 2 additional "drives" the old partition with Windows XP became a "logical" drive and I cannot boot into XP anymore. Please help me in making the logical drive a bootable primary drive again.

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#1
October 13, 2010 at 20:09:11
I am not sure why the drive would be marked as logical if it was a primary partition previously. That said, you shouldn't need to worry about it. WinXP should be able to run on a logical drive. You do need to verify the partition is marked as active. You also may need to rebuild your master boot record.

Each hard drive can only contain 4 primary partitions or 3 primary and one extended with as many logical drives as available letters.


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#2
October 13, 2010 at 20:19:34
How do I "rebuild your master boot record"?
Also I'm running 2010 games on it, with a high end graphics card..is it wise to run XP on a logical drive?

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#3
October 13, 2010 at 20:27:02
Look at the link below for help with the boot loader. There is no physical difference in the actual files for WinXP weather it is installed on the first primary or some other partition on a drive. I don't think it matters.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392


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#4
October 13, 2010 at 20:33:10
Directions are for Vista and Win 7

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#5
October 13, 2010 at 20:44:41
I know, aren't you trying to dual boot Windows 7 & WinXP?

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#6
October 13, 2010 at 20:50:20
No, I have XP on one physical HDD and Windows 7 on another physical HDD.
I chose in Bios from which HDD I want to boot from.

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#7
October 13, 2010 at 20:57:42
OK then. In that case you may need to boot to your WinXP CD and run the recovery console. Use the fixboot and possibly the fixmbr commends. Look at the link below for help with the recovery console.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058


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#8
October 13, 2010 at 21:16:28
I'll take a look. Whenever I try to boot into XP an error message
"<windows root>\system32\hal.dll" comes up, even though I'm able to see the file on the "Logical Drive" in Windows 7.

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#9
October 14, 2010 at 04:34:28
Did you try running the fixmbr command?

Running scannow SFC might be in order at this time.

You may need to repair the WinXP installation. After performing a repair installation you will need to re-install missing service packs and updates. Your programs and personal data should remain intact.

Backing up your personal data should be an ongoing effort. Be sure to have it backed up prior to the repair, as a precaution.


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