Dual boot with no second os

June 26, 2009 at 20:38:42
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 3.0Ghz P4 2.0GB ram
I have a sony vaio that came with xp home. I deleted the partition and formated the hard drive (the only hard drive SATA 200GB Full format ntfs) In the partition screen for the xp pro install there was normal drive and then a bunch of crazy drives that i figured was the media card reader. I could not select the other drives only the first one. So now i have a dual boot screen for xp pro and xp home. Problem is that the home os does not exist. second problem. If i run cute partition manager then it tells me that there is a second 10 MB hard drive. What can I do to get rid of all partitions and get the disk back to 1 single partition with one os?

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June 26, 2009 at 21:16:01
You obviously didn't do it right. Got a floppy drive in that system?

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June 26, 2009 at 21:44:12
no floppy drive and I have done it 2 or 3 times. seems strange that if i did something wrong I did it wrong 2 or 3 times on the same machine while doing the exact same thing on multiple other machines with no issues in between the 2 or 3 times I have re formatted this one. That would be a crazy coincidence.

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June 26, 2009 at 21:46:17
if you are asking about a floppy drive because of running dos fdisk then i have a boot cd for that. Makes no diffrence

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June 26, 2009 at 23:42:43
10MB is a bit strange, as normally it would be 8 MB and would be called the lead in to the drive. It is where the meta data to the disc is stored and for some reason it is not being cleared during the formatting process.

fdisk should have cleared the meta data as well as the OS installation disc

Now I know of some security programs that have created some meta data that becomes locked and a normal formatting will not erase it. Maybe this is what you have a problem with.

Conundrum here:
1) if it is a security program that was installed then as the owner you should have been aware of it.
2) Not being aware of it subjects it to a possible stolen computer in which case you had better hope it isn't the LoJack program because the police will be at your door the minute that computer goes on line!

With that in mind I am unable to assist you any further in your endeavor

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