Linux assigned C drive to Disk 0, now XP won't load

August 25, 2013 at 06:37:36
Specs: Windows XP
I was trying to "look" at my new Linux phone, installed a Linux program that was supposed to let me "see" the files and accidentally reassigned my C drive to Disk 0.
I think it has something to do with partitions.
Now my computer can't "see" my C drive.
I've tried restarting in SAFE mode but I get to the Windows logo and it freezes.

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#1
August 25, 2013 at 16:09:13
Try toggling F8 earlier, if you get to the Safe mode screen, you have gone past the option to choose Windows, that may be available.

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#2
August 25, 2013 at 17:07:58
I have tried booting to Windows and it freezes. A friend suggests removing the hard drive and working the partitions as an external HD. Removing it from an HP Netbook ... Daunting.

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#3
August 25, 2013 at 17:11:23
"Daunting"
Do you have a PC in the house?

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#4
August 26, 2013 at 01:13:25
The C: drive is usually on disk 0. Is it a SATA or IDE drive?

So I assume the phone was attached to a USB port? Try booting with the phone attached (assuming it's not attached now) and see what happens.

Are you just assuming the drive letter was reassigned or did the software give you that specific message?

Use F8 again to get to the boot menu and choose 'safe mode with command prompt'. If it loads what drive letter is showing at the command prompt--C:\> is C:, D:\> is D:, etc?

Apparently the fix for a reassigned boot drive letter is some registry editing. I found this:

http://www.tim.id.au/blog/2010/02/0...

But it seems if it is the registry and you can boot to command prompt successfully then maybe a system restore would work.


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#5
August 27, 2013 at 07:18:04
I think I'm going to have to do a MBR repair. I'm in the process of moving from the USA to Panama (trying to change settings on a Panama cell phone started this whole mess) Trying to find my Windows XP installation disk is the next challenge &<(

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#6
August 27, 2013 at 17:43:39
There is the FIXMBR command you could try but in the google hits I looked through that didn't seem to do much good. Info on it here:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...


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