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    Default Failing to boot hard drive

    I am having a bad run of failing to boot HDs.

    After trying to repair the spare W.Digital HD it will again NOT Boot on its own, but boots with a boot floppy program called "fixntldr.exe" I found here:-

    Simple "ntldr is missing" fix with boot floppy, CD-R, or USB flash

    Somehow I blew it & ended up with 2 Wins XP, as shown below in HD Manager, one in E primary & another in J logical shown in image below.

    Can I delete the J logical partition?.

    Can anybody see a way of getting this HD to boot on its own.

    If I go in Safe Mode is there anything I can do to change things.


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    The cause of your problem are the 2 WinXPs you have on your system. From your picture it is not clear which one is the active one (meaning where the MBR is located). Check that in Disk Management. If they are on different physical drives. change the boot priority in the BIOS. Then you know which one works and you can delete the other one.

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    They are on same drive, Maxtor.

    It says "E" is Healthy (Boot), see image. Surely Primary means boot one or active?

    Does it mean is safe to delete "J" logical partition with its XP in it?

    Is MBR a file that I can find in Win.?, is it the boot.ini?



    PS. please note the boot.ini is not accessible to view, see image below

    Last edited by nichos; 9th September 2010 at 23:08. Reason: add second image

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    The active partition is the one you want to keep. The other one you can delete.

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    Since my last post I took the bull by the horns & deleted the logical "J" with the 2nd Windows in it, but It still will not boot on its own.

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    I can not do that as it will not accept my Admin's password.

    And my XP CD has no"R" after I press ENTER.

    Am chasing my own tail.

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    Hoorrayyyy, done it. Thanx to all for trying.

    Managed to get in command mode using BARTE CD & applied these two:-

    copy K:\i386\ntldr C:\ (where K is the CDD letter)
    copy K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:\

    when I was directed to :- How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

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