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#1 davej166

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 09:07 PM

Hi everybody,

I got a bad virus on my thinkpad t60, so i pulled the drive,copied up some of my data, formatted the partition, and restored an arconis image from september, copied my data back on, slapped the drive back in, power on.
Just a blinking cursor comes up, likely indicating no boot device is found.
CMOS boot order is correct.
Used gparted to check boot flag on this partition, was set, I reset it just incase.
Drive is good, curiously bios hdd diag stayed at 0%.
Have had similar problems with thinkpads before...
Do not want to do a fresh install.
One last thing I tried a different ntldr, from a freshly installed pc.

HELP, if you can. :thumbsup:

P.S. I do kinda know what i'm doing, i'm in 3rd year CS program, with extensive IT exp. First time i've posted a problem here or anywhere, does it work?

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 11:00 PM

You could try checking the cables and connections - maybe you didn't seat it back in correctly?
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 11:11 PM

It's definately seated as I can read and wirte to it outside of windows, aka UBCD, Livecd.

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 11:33 PM

Maybe you could try the following commands from the Recovery Console.

chkdsk /r locates bad sectors and recovers readable information from the hard drive.

bootcfg /rebuild completely re-creates the Boot.ini file. The user must confirm each step.

fixboot writes a new partition boot sector to the system partition.

fixmbr repairs the master boot record of the boot disk
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 01:27 AM

I tried chkdsk, and both fixes (mbr and boot). Didnt work
I'll try the bootcfg, never used that one before.

A note, while I was in the recovery console it listed the windows installs as
1 d:/windows
2 c:/minint

I dont know where this minint is coming from... maybe the ibm build-in recovery partitions?

I'm thinking about removing those since I never use them anyway...

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 01:41 AM

Maybe your computer is trying to boot from the c:/minint partition?
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 12:46 PM

its possible, but nothing shows on the screen indicating thats happening, and I did the bootcfg /rebuild still nothing.
I'm going to format the whole drive (not just 1 partition) to remove any chance of the ibm factory bleep interfering.
Then drop just my restored image on it.




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