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*updated* Interesting Hard Drive Problems....


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#1 halfnerdhybrid

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 04:56 AM

if you check my page, you'll have the first story, here's the long-to-short version...

computer got left on during a t-storm, power surged and computer refused to boot...

some time later, we (thought) we over-wrote windows XP with a fresh install...

INSTEAD, i have two installations of it, and i get this nifty menu where i get to choose between the no-good version, and the one i'm running now...

i think the files might still be there, but can't get to them because when i try to run the old install i get " window failed to start because the following file is corrupt or missing <system root>win32/hal.DLL" or something similar, it's on the other post...

my question is, is it at ALL possible to access the install and either, move the files to the new install, delete the old one, or get the missing file back in it's place and run it, too? (or some combination of the above, mainly, i want what was on the old install)

any and all help is greatly appreciated, thank you, and good night

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 06:12 AM

I'm not really sure what your problem is?

Do you have two partitions with two different installations of Windows?

If so, you should be able to boot into the second installation (the good one) and access any files on the other partition. You may need to take ownership of the files first.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 08:25 AM

How do you know that you have two installs?

If you are going by the fact that the initial boot message presents a choice, that doesn't mean that there really are two installs. It could mean that another install was made/attempted...possibly deleted...and the boot.ini file now needs to be edited.

Which is pretty simple, but we need to know if you indeed have two partitions with XP...or two Windows folders on the same partition...or just what is the real evidence concerning these alleged "two installs."

If you go Disk Management...how many partitions does it reflect and does this match with what is indicated in My Computer?

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 08:37 AM

i honestly don't even know if my computer would UNDERSTAND the concept of a hard drive partition or not....and, is there a location for disk management, or should i just search for it??

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 08:43 AM

http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 10:01 AM

it LOOKS like i only have the one hard drive....no partitions, just my C:\ drive, and my D:\ drive (MS-DOS)

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 10:19 AM

Actually, you have two partitions. The C: and D: are the partitions. So, perhaps all you need to do is to edit the boot.ini file to remove the reference to the first installation.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 11:39 AM

that's just it, the windows OS are both on the C drive partition, the other one wasn't an MS-DOS version, we have had it on the other one too....*sighs* if i could show you what i see when i boot my computer, i would in a heartbeat, so you guys could SEE what's going on....

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 12:32 PM

I repeat...are there two Windows folders reflected on the C: drive?

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 05:55 PM

if you mean open "my computer" then open the C:\ drive...then yeah, only one windows folder


and to budapest....would that how to on editing the boot file allow me to add a partition to the hard drive i have?

Edited by halfnerdhybrid, 24 December 2007 - 05:56 PM.


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Posted 27 December 2007 - 04:08 AM

i am looking for any help avaliable....this time i'm trying one on one....here's 3 different ways to contact me


Yahoo Messenger : the_fries_guy@yahoo.com

A.I.M. : thefriesguy@aol.com

MSN : Pineco204@yahoo.com


if anyone can, and is willing to contact me to help me, leave a post and tell me where i was added....i'm desprate for help, because i feel, very strongly, that this is affecting the performance of my computer


yours, Nikolai Andrei

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 05:18 AM

and to budapest....would that how to on editing the boot file allow me to add a partition to the hard drive i have?

No it wouldn't, but do you want to add a partition to your hard drive?

Copy the contents of your boot.ini file and post it back here.

Also, please edit your previous post and remove your email addresses. It is against forum rules to post your email address and it will also save you from a bunch of spam.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 03:31 PM

where is the file located...i can't find it, even using search....


and, can an admin remove that post for me, it can't find where to edit or remove that post...*sighs*

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 10:33 PM

To edit your post, on the bottom right hand side of your post-click on EDIT.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 12:32 AM

i know that, but i only see it on my most recent post....




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