Re: Can't recover partition to install xp
- From: "Al Botteon" <albotteon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 16:57:26 -0400
"Paul" <nospam@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Al Botteon wrote:
Just trying to resize an 80GB NTFS partition so I could add a drive and
all went crazy (as did I, as you will see). Didn't have floppy installed,
so used Gpartd to resize and during process it said internal error, no
go. Tried Partition Magic and completed partition deletions, create NTFS,
and when booted to Xp, it would get to point of "starting windows" and
then would error out saying no hard drive. Western Digital couldn't help.
Said I needed a linux disk utility to zero out hard drive. Just tried
win98se fdisk, and ended up with a fully (not really) formatted hard
drive, set primary and active, but only registers 10GB, not 80. Help!
Just want to use XP. Not even interested in 2 NTFS drives anymore, so
I'm not clear on what you're trying to achieve. Were you originally
trying to preserve disk contents when you were resizing ? And now
you've decided to blow the disk away and start over ?
DBAN from sourceforge, can be used to erase a disk sector by sector.
Even the "quick erase" isn't very quick. By erasing a disk, then
WinXP from scratch, WinXP should be able to do the whole thing as one
partition. If the WinXP installer disk is slipstreamed to some
Service Pack level, you should be able to make relatively large
partitions (I used SP3 for example, to make a single partition on
my spare 250GB SATA drive).
This port of "dd" might be able to erase a disk. If the purpose
is to get the WinXP installer CD to start all over again and
treat the disk as one partition.
dd if=/dev/zero of=\\?\Device\Harddisk0\Partition0 bs=512 count=1000
That should wipe out the beginning of Harddisk0, so there is no longer
an MBR or partition table. I usually do stuff like that in Linux. But
maybe that dd would run from DOS. I haven't tried it from DOS, but
have tested dd.exe from a command prompt window in WinXP, using the
--list option to get the names of the disks.
dd --list (an option of the chrysocome "dd")
There is a free partition manager here, but you'd need an OS to run it
In Linux, you can prep a disk as well. You can use the Linux "fdisk"
command to set up partitions. The mk---- type programs can make a
file system on each partition after you're finished. I think you can
make FAT32 or NTFS partitions while in Linux, as well as the more
normal EXT2 for Linux.
But at this point, I'm not clear on where you are now, and what is
left on the disk. That EASEUS might be able to resize your current
10GB FAT32 volume. And the WinXP "convert" command can convert a
FAT32 partition, to NTFS (I understand it doesn't go from NTFS to
FAT32, so you cannot go backwards with it).
From Windows Help and Support
convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs
I'm so pissed. I just sat for more than 3 hours while DBAN zeroed out
everything. Said worked fine. Rebooted and put in xp and it couldn't find
HD. Put in Partition Magic diskettes and created a partition. Still no HD
when booted from xp. What's Up!
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