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One Hard Drive, Two Os....


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#1 halfnerdhybrid

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 05:11 AM

first, a small, explanatory story (a rhyme, too)

a couple of years ago, this computer was in regular use by 3 people, then one day a lighting/thunder storm hit, and we didn't unplug it in time...there was a power surge, and when i tried to boot the computer the next day, it tells me a critical file is missing, and can't....so, we took put it in a closet and got another one.....in 2006, we found out you can reinstall windows XP, and start from scratch, which we did......except that it didn't RE install, there's just a second copy of windows XP on here, and we get this nifty menu to choose which version to boot now... end of story, on to the question....



is it possible that any files are still on the first install, if so, is it possible to access them and move them to the current installation, and then/or delete the first (and non-functional) intstallation?

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 05:21 AM

If you have two OS you should have two partitions which means that you should be able to click and drag files from on partition to the other and once you have moved the files that you want you can reformat that other partition and use it for storage.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 05:25 AM

Hi there, halfnerdhybrid, welcome to BC! :thumbsup:

The more likely scenario is that the file that tells Windows where to boot from has a duplicate entry in it due to the reinstallation.

What happens when you choose the other version on the boot menu?

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 17 December 2007 - 05:26 AM.


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Posted 17 December 2007 - 11:49 PM

in order of replies




1) no, there are no partitions anywhere, that i can find....


2) it gives me an error message "windows has failed to boot because the following file is missing or corrupt : <windows root>\system32\hal.DLL" (or something very similar)


any and all help is greatly appreciated, as i feel this problem is affecting the performance of my computer




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