Posted 13 January 2010 - 06:54 PM
Hello - I have an XP Pro desktop, 1gB RAM, AMD 3400+ proc, large disk 20% full. A few days ago, out of nowhere, the thing BSODs on me with a 7D stop. Rebooted and after the post, but before the XP load up (green caterpillar) it BSODs again with a 7D. The C drive is less than 6 mo old - it's a Seagate 500 gB SATA.
OK, I grabbed my XP Pro SP3 disk and attempted to get to the Recovery Console to work out what I thought might be an MBR or an NTLdr problem because it wasn't even starting an XP load. Booting from the CD went up to the point that Windows is starting but then a a screen yielding "No hard disk drives could be found, hit F3 to exit". Hmmm. I grabbed a copy of BartPE and that found the C:\ drive just fine. Ran some other disk health/exercise utils and those professed that the disk was fine. Back to the XP Pro boot disk and again, no hard disk drives. To make a long story short, I disabled the SATA process in BIOS, rebooted with the XP Pro boot disk. Ireally wanted a repair install, instead I got not a repair install but a complete install. I tried this over and over. So, I decided to plunge through it while selecting the option to preserve the file structure. After the install went through, I revisited the BIOS and turned on SATA support. It's back in business.
Now, I'm faced with a boot screen that offers two "copies" of XP Professional. The second one BSODs with 7D. The first (newest one) boots and works fine. But I'd like to know how to "kill" that first -or bad - copy of XP Pro. Then after I swing over all the files, delete the folder structures under the orig (again, bad) copy. The newest working copy also has labelled folders like this: WINDOWS.0 or username.0. I could live with that because I suspect I'd have to completely reformat and start from square one with this thing.
What are the basic steps that will allow me to kill that first - non-working - copy of XP Pro?