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Windows 7: How to recover lost Xp boot partition ?


27 Mar 2010   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VinoBob View Post
I did what you said but did not work, still did not find ntldr. It created a new drive and put the missing files of Xp on the drive G ( my Xp drive is D Windows 7 is C ) :/. Then i edited the entries and assigned the Xp to D and put the missing files ( ntldr, boot.ini etc. ) there. Then after trying to boot on Xp the computer just simply restarted, without any error messages. So i copied the files to every hard drive now, and it says that my hal.dll is issing or damaged. I guess now it tries to use the Windows 7-s hal.dll. Here iare my settings:

There are a total of 2 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
Timeout: 30 seconds.
Boot Drive: F:\



Entry #1
Name: Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Entry #2
Name: Microsoft Windows XP
BCD ID: {56ec5813-37d4-11df-8e58-d9b6b97f8c41}
Device: boot
Bootloader Path: \NTLDR

And here is the disk management window:


Hi,assign a letter to the 100MB reserverd partition on disk management and copy and paste the 4 command lines i have on the pdf file on my other post,read it,and your problem is solved.
cheers.


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27 Mar 2010   #12
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The problem is that your System Active partition has been derailed into F: Downloads partition, there is no System Reserved boot partition to recover it into, and Windows 7 is presently a Logical partition which cannot be marked Active to recover System MBR. .

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to convert Windows 7 partition from Logical to Primary, mark it active, mark F: inactive, then use Windows 7 DVD to recover MBR into Windows 7.

Boot PW, allow files to load, select 1 for screen res, right click on Windows 7 partition>Modify>Set Partition to Primary, OK. Then rightclick Windows 7 again>Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Now rightclick F: Downloads partition>Modify>Set to Inactive, OK. Apply all steps.

Windows 7 will not now boot. Instead boot Windows 7 DVD, select Repair on second screen, click through to Recovery tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times as it will attempt to repair and finally write System MBR to Windows 7 partition.

Finally, from Windows 7 use EasyBCD 2.0 beta to Add XP as given earlier.

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28 Mar 2010   #13

Win7
 
 

I made everything that you said, still doesnt work After i repaired the startup with the Windows 7 DVD my Downloads partition got marked active again ( dont know whether it supposed to be so ) and when i did the EasyBCD part, and restarted and booted Xp, it said that hal.dll is missing or damaged.

Here is how it looks like currently:

There are a total of 2 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
Timeout: 30 seconds.
Boot Drive: F:\

Entry #1
Name: Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Entry #2
Name: Microsoft Windows XP
BCD ID: {56ec5814-37d4-11df-8e58-d9b6b97f8c41}
Device: boot
Bootloader Path: \NTLDR



Should i set the F: ( downloads ) partition inactive again?
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28 Mar 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP

 

Run Partition Wizard from desktop to mark Downloads partition Inactive again, OK, Apply, Confirm.

Then shut down, unplug Disk0 and either swap its cable to Disk1 or enter BIOS setup to Set Disk1 (Windows 7) as first HD to boot, after DVD.

Now boot the Windows 7 DVD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to force repair to recover System MBR to Windows 7 partition which is already marked Active.

After Windows 7 starts, shut down and replug Disk0, preferably into Disk1 slot now since Windows 7 installer/repair looks for first active drive to place the MBR and Downloads is somehow marking itself active.
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29 Mar 2010   #15

Win7
 
 

i did it again, but after the repair if the volume containing the downloads partition is not connected, and i wanna boot Windows 7, it says that the NTLDR is missing. I plugged the other HDD again, and it still didnt start, said the hal.dll is damaged or missing. So the only way to boot Windows 7 is when the downloads partition is active.

Thanks for trying to help, but i had now nuff from this, i will format the downloads and the XP and Win7partitions and reinstall everything, i aint got no time for playin around with this shit.
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29 Mar 2010   #16
Microsoft MVP

 

Are you running Startup Repair from the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD at least 3 separate times with reboots?

This is not the offered repair when you first boot in, but you must click through to Recovery Tools to select Startup Repair repeatedly after running the offered repair.


It requires running repeatedly because it attempts to repair the MBR first and assumes that fixes it unless you try again when it will eventually write the MBR to the new partition. It takes 3 tries in most cases.

The reason I ask is that some will only attempt the repair once or twice and then assume it won' work, but it will always work to write the MBR to the active partition if Windows 7 is intact and not damaged.
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