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    [XP]Setup doesn't see my partition table

    heres the case:
    my windows is on a 80gb HDD with 1 partition c:\...
    And i have a 250gb with 3 partitions d:\ e:\ f:

    Now i wanna put the 80gb hdd in another system.. doesn't sound so hard eh ?
    well not for me
    when I run xp setup without the 80gb setup sees my 250gb as non-partitioned space
    In the recovery console it doesn't show the partions either...
    So I do the 80gb one back and boot windows
    now even windows doesn't see my partitions so im getting really scared
    but well thanks for a neat program called testdisk that recovered my partition table and after a reboot its back again, in the same program i tried to make it bootable but that didn't work either
    disk manager says nothing special...
    [img]http://img296.imageshack.us/img296/948/naamloos1cs8.jpg[img]
    Amd athlon 2400+
    ECS N2U400
    2x256mb DDR
    Samsung 80GB SP0822n
    Samsung 250GB SP2514N

    btw this isn't the same pc as the other topic im using the HD of this pc and the cdr of another pc to build a cheap pc :P
    im just very unlucky(been trying to fix it for hours today..)

    #2
    have you tried using the recovery console fixmbr or fixboot commands?

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      #3
      well recovery console doesnt see any partions

      i guess I could format the 250gb... IF the other problem is solved so i can backup my data there..
      Last edited by Stoned Bob; Jan 7, 2007, 04:22 AM.

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        #4
        I solved it the samsung tool did the trick.... 16 hours low lvl formatting but it worked (prob only the removing mbr worked too lol dunno )

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          #5
          i had a problem with this as well when i messed up my bootloader. i ended up installing windows temporarily on another disk, then i fixed up my bootloader and went back to the original windows install and it all worked fine.
          i've never been able to get recovery console to work. it seems that if you don't have your windows install on the 'c' drive, it won't detect it.

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            #6
            I've had the recovery console detect 4 installations before, C: E: F: G:, different versions, too. Just a matter of time and patience, like all MS stuff!

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