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UNABLE TO RETURN TO MS


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#1 phlagz

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 08:08 PM

In the begining...I had 1 HD that was Win XP and 1 that was Linux (2 separate drives. If I used 1 drive the other was unplugged and vice vers.

Now...I have my original MS HD too full so I am trying to put win XP on the old Linux drive, but after I reformat the drive, install the OS, PC reboots, "unable To Load OS"

%$##$ (insert fav stmt here)

what Do I need to do in order to put windows on, I get the same error with 2000, XP Home, XP Pro,????

willing to try practically anything :thumbsup:

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#2 Grinler

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 02:18 PM

It should work fine. so you take your old linux drive, delete all the partitions, create a new partition, format it during setup and install the OS? Then you reboot and it says unable to load OS?

It could be the master boot record still has the bootload (lilo or grub) installed. With that drive attached, boot up with a dos boot disk that has the fdisk.exe program on it. When your booted to the a:> prompt, type:

fdisk /mbr

and press enter. This will restore the master boot record and get rid of the bootloader. Then try reinstall and booting up with it.

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 07:36 PM

When I had that happen, I heard a clicking sound and was unable to re-install linux or windows. I'm pretty sure my hard drive was dead, so I bought a new one and have had no problems since.

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Posted 31 July 2005 - 10:19 PM

When I had that happen, I heard a clicking sound and was unable to re-install linux or windows. I'm pretty sure my hard drive was dead, so I bought a new one and have had no problems since.

Just to make double sure it was your HD make a slave ot it and see it you can reed something from it JL




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