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Can't boot or access C drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by rj, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. rj

    rj Flightless Bird

    Windows XP won't boot. I tried reinstalling Windows but keep getting a blue
    screen even after deleting, recreating and formatting the C drive. I booted
    with an MSDOS floppy but can't access C drive. It may be a boot sector
    virus. How do I format the entire hard drive so I can do a clean install?
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "rj" <rjnothere@netzero.net> wrote in message
    news:ulZXW#DJLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Windows XP won't boot. I tried reinstalling Windows but keep getting a
    > blue
    > screen even after deleting, recreating and formatting the C drive. I
    > booted
    > with an MSDOS floppy but can't access C drive. It may be a boot sector
    > virus. How do I format the entire hard drive so I can do a clean install?
    >


    You can boot the machine with your MSDOS boot diskette, then run fdisk.exe
    and use it to delete all existing partitions. Certain partitions cannot be
    deleted in this way - use delpart.exe
    (http://www.russelltexas.com/delpart.htm) to get rid of them.

    Note, however, that the Windows XP setup program is just as capable of
    deleting any pre-existing partition. If it blue-screens before you get to
    this point then you may have a problem with your hard disk. You need to
    download and run the diagnostic program that its manufacturer has on his web
    site.
     
  3. Jim

    Jim Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 15 Jul 2010 13:03:01 -0400, "rj" <rjnothere@netzero.net>
    wrote:

    >Windows XP won't boot. I tried reinstalling Windows but keep getting a blue
    >screen even after deleting, recreating and formatting the C drive. I booted
    >with an MSDOS floppy but can't access C drive. It may be a boot sector
    >virus. How do I format the entire hard drive so I can do a clean install?
    >


    It will tell you on the blue screen what the problem is ; read and
    post .
     
  4. Kenny

    Kenny Flightless Bird

    Try the Ultimate Boot CD, it's free.
    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
    If it's the same version I've got it loads a cut down version of XP together
    with a number of useful tools and utilities.

    Kenny
    "rj" <rjnothere@netzero.net> wrote in message
    news:ulZXW%23DJLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Windows XP won't boot. I tried reinstalling Windows but keep getting a
    > blue
    > screen even after deleting, recreating and formatting the C drive. I
    > booted
    > with an MSDOS floppy but can't access C drive. It may be a boot sector
    > virus. How do I format the entire hard drive so I can do a clean install?
    >
    >
     
  5. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    rj wrote:
    > Windows XP won't boot. I tried reinstalling Windows but keep getting
    > a blue screen even after deleting, recreating and formatting the C
    > drive. I booted with an MSDOS floppy but can't access C drive. It may
    > be a boot sector virus. How do I format the entire hard drive so I
    > can do a clean install?


    1. You do NOT need to format ANY drive that will ultimately contain an
    operating system. The installation process handles that chore.

    2. That you cannot install XP from a CD is evidence that your C drive is
    broken, busted, dead, singing in the heavenly choir (well, it COULD simply
    be disconnected or without power, but I assume you checked that...)
     
  6. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    rj wrote:
    > Windows XP won't boot. I tried reinstalling Windows but keep getting a blue
    > screen even after deleting, recreating and formatting the C drive. I booted
    > with an MSDOS floppy but can't access C drive. It may be a boot sector
    > virus. How do I format the entire hard drive so I can do a clean install?
    >
    >


    Do you need, and have you installed an F6 driver, for the
    storage interface you're using ? SATA now, for example, comes
    with BIOS settings of IDE, AHCI, and RAID. The latter two
    need drivers on WinXP. Only the vanilla IDE mode, might work
    with no driver. And an installer CD of at least SP1 or later
    is recommended for that case.

    The blue screen may indicate "inaccessible boot volume" or the like.
    Stop errors are listed here. A "7b" is an inaccessible boot volume.

    http://aumha.org/a/stop.htm

    With the right MSDOS floppy, you can access the drive. The MSDOS
    floppy I made while running Win98, can access FAT32 partitions.

    And this one, will also access NTFS partitions. The only problem
    with this product, is it doesn't support LFN (long file names),
    so is virtually useless other than to prove there is an NTFS
    partition present. There are plenty of other free tools, that
    are more useful than this (like a Linux LiveCD or even the
    GParted LiveCD). A Linux LiveCD can read or write to FAT32 or
    NTFS partitions. Try Ubuntu for example.

    http://www.free-av.com/en/download/11/avira_ntfs4dos_personal.html

    You can use a downloadable disk diagnostic, to prove the hard
    drive is still good. Other than that, you may need to press
    F6 and install the correct driver for the SATA or IDE
    interface. Since we know you have a floppy interface, this
    should be easy to do :)

    Paul
     
  7. pjp

    pjp Flightless Bird

    Boot with the DOS disk (98SE recovery floppy is good for this). Run Fdisk
    and delete, then recreate the existing partition. Then format the drive
    (after a reboot using floppy). Then run "sys c" to put the DOS system on the
    drive. That will get you to where hard disk boots to a DOS prompt but note
    you'll have no access to cd drives etc. without specific drivers being
    loaded.

    This will work if the drive isn't so big you can format to FAT32 rather than
    NTFS, DOS doesn't know anything about NTFS.

    If it's a big drive use what's provided as part of XP's install instead.

    Note - you can still delete existing partitions using DOS and I do believe
    even recreating them is ok. Just the formatting of a big drive exceeding
    DOS's limits is a problem.

    "rj" <rjnothere@netzero.net> wrote in message
    news:ulZXW%23DJLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Windows XP won't boot. I tried reinstalling Windows but keep getting a
    > blue
    > screen even after deleting, recreating and formatting the C drive. I
    > booted
    > with an MSDOS floppy but can't access C drive. It may be a boot sector
    > virus. How do I format the entire hard drive so I can do a clean install?
    >
    >
     
  8. rj

    rj Flightless Bird

    Thank you all for your responses. DOS could not delete any partitions (I
    tried all the delete options in FDISK) so I deleted them with BING and also
    with the Win XP Setup CD. I error checked and formatted the entire hard
    drive just in case it was a virus, also did fdisk /mbr even if it's
    redundant. Win XP still won't install. There are too many error messages to
    list. It won't copy many dl_ files etc. I tried the Ultimate Boot CD but it
    won't do anything. So I'll take it to the shop to run diagnostics.

    "rj" <rjnothere@netzero.net> wrote in message
    news:ulZXW%23DJLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Windows XP won't boot. I tried reinstalling Windows but keep getting a

    blue
    > screen even after deleting, recreating and formatting the C drive. I

    booted
    > with an MSDOS floppy but can't access C drive. It may be a boot sector
    > virus. How do I format the entire hard drive so I can do a clean install?
    >
    >
     
  9. rj

    rj Flightless Bird

    Update - I had 2 blown capacitors on my mb, maybe due to lightning power
    surge, hence I recycled my old computer and got a new one.

    "rj" <rjnothere@netzero.net> wrote in message
    news:ulZXW%23DJLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Windows XP won't boot. I tried reinstalling Windows but keep getting a

    blue
    > screen even after deleting, recreating and formatting the C drive. I

    booted
    > with an MSDOS floppy but can't access C drive. It may be a boot sector
    > virus. How do I format the entire hard drive so I can do a clean install?
    >
    >
     

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