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#1 darkside701

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 10:55 AM

I recently booted up my computer and was prompted with a message stating "invalid boot.ini" so I pop in my windows xp cd and proceed through the steps to doing a repair install, reasoning behind the repair install and not a wipe is several files located on the Hd are not backed up. I accept the agreement and on the next page it lists my HD and states that it has 153gigs of free space when it is a 160gig HD. There is also no option to repair on this screen. My question is am I doing something wrong or have all my files been erased?

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 11:14 AM

A few questions, what version of Windows are you using, including Home, Pro, Media Center, and does that match the disk that you have inserted. If it is not showing up "Do you want to repair this version of Windows?", then either you have a cd in that doesn't match the OS that is installed or, what seems more likely since it is saying only 7gigs is being used, is that there is a hard drive problem. I would suggest booting to the CD and on the first screen press R for repair. It will take you to a command promt, in you select the C:\Windows, put in ur admin password if there is one, then, making sure that you are on C:\, type in "chkdsk /r" without the qoutes. This will take anywhere from half an hour to a few hours, but I have a feeling that that will do it. If this doesn't do it then it could be that your hard drive is simply bad or faulty and there might not be much you can do except hook it up to another PC and try to do a data recovery. Let me know how it goes.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 11:20 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

If you followed the above...and the XP install routine indicates that your hard drive has either free space or unallocated space of the same size as your previous existing partition...I would say that partition has problems or has been erased.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 12:27 PM

Using xp pro and on startup I select xp pro version on the cd, and those are the instructions I followed louis so I suppose it appears those files may be doomed. I'll let you know what happens dibs.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:16 PM

DIBS I followed your instructions and recieved a message stating that it was unable to locate anything in the startup directory or cd. Sounds like its all gone is there anything else that can be done?

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:33 PM

The more that you mess with the disk, the more likely it is that the data will not be recoverable (or will cost a whole pile of money to recover). I'd suggest focusing your efforts on data recovery rather than Windows at this point.

I would slave the hard drive to another system and use some data recovery software to see if you can recover anything.
A good free solution is PCInspector - but the interface may be a bit too confusing. It's available here: http://www.pcinspector.de
I prefer GetDataBack from http://www.runtime.org They will let you see what you can recover - but will charge you $80 (US) for the program to recover it.
There may be other free solutions available, but I'm not familiar with them. You can get an idea of what's available here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

Once you've recovered the data (or given up on it) - then we can move back to reinstalling Windows.
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 07:50 PM

Sadly I agree with you I will have to see what works best, thanks.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 10:00 PM

Boot up your computer with the windows cd in the drive, access the boot menu, generally by hitting F12 or F2. Select the cdrom drive and when it says "press any key to boot from cd" press any key. Setup will load and you will get an option to install windows, or repair windows. Press r to repair windows and select your windows installation. The recovery console will load and ask you which operating system to load. Choose :Windows (generally the only one listed). Then you will be prompted for the administrator password on your machine. Enter the password. Then the console prompt will be accessible and the windows directory will appear. Type Chksdsk /r c: (or whatever you hard drive letter is where windows is installed. This will run the checkdisk repair utility and restore and corrupted files without erasing anything.




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