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#1 haun

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 09:44 PM

Ok, about 4 weeks ago i was doing some hard uninstalling for Microsoft Office 07. After all was done, I restarted so the rest of the files could be deleted (as it told me).

When i did, the screen read
"Error Reading Operating System"
My Primal Fear.

After doing some tinkering with a it on another windows machine, we found that the drive had converted its self to RAW format. Restored it to NTFS with files intact, but then the System wouldn't boot.

With the same program that made the disk NTFS we 'Fixed' the MBR. Used the Windows Install disk, went in the Recover mode thing to set the 'C:\Windows' boot log-in as default, restart. Nothing.

"Disk Read Error
Press Crtl-Alt-Del to Restart"

I did a little research and found that the windows recovery console on the install disk has a command called FIXMBR. I backed up everything important to a external HD, and ran FIXMBR, Restarted, still "Disk Read Error"

Now I am considering Reinstalling XP.

BUT I want to do it in a way that leaves my other files (Program Files, My Documents, ect.) alive and unerased.

I think I found a way http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm.

Can any one verify that this works, or give me a list of DETAILED, let me say it again:
DETAILED instructions.

While everything IS backed up, I would like to not have to go through installing everything again.

PS I dont mind having to reinstall drivers or service packs
Annnnd you're, asking, me...

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 10:56 PM

His way is the best way. There is no 100% guarantee that you will recover everything undamaged. There isn't a way that will
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#3 haun

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 11:26 AM

Ok thanks thats what i needed to know
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Posted 13 December 2008 - 12:20 PM

One question, I have (or had) SP3 on this computer, but my Disk is only Sp1.

What do i do about that?
Annnnd you're, asking, me...




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