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Windows Reformat Problem!


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#1 FIIIR

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 03:00 PM

Hey guys, I tried to reinstall windows XP earlier and it crashed half way through the first time. I then attempted a second installation which worked fine. However I noticed that my disk space is only 173 gig out of 300 gig and I thought that was odd. I rebooted and sure enough it was asking me to choose which windows XP to load, threfore I have installed it twice.

I followed some advice to edit my boot file from..

"[Boot Loader]
Timeout=5
Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows XP Setup"
"

to....

[Boot Loader]
Timeout=5
Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Therefore removing the incorrect installation. However the disk space is still used up and isntead of a clone windows XP when I boot It takes me to something called "windows default" which looks like the installation again.

How do I fix this? Thanks.

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 03:24 PM

there's a lot of data on the drive from the previous install

you should either have done a repair disk(boot from windows cd) or a clean install with a true format or even delete the partition and reinstall(losing all data)

crashing is usually a sign of something wrong which needs to be fixed first

Edited by DaChew, 05 June 2007 - 03:24 PM.

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 04:15 PM

What do you recomend I do now though to fix the problem?

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 05:23 PM

you could try wiping your drive with boot and nuke first then do a format

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.p...lease_id=439240

if your repairs are not successful




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