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How do I fix/remove the bootloader after accidently installing intosecond drive/partition?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Ant, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. Ant

    Ant Flightless Bird

    Hello.

    I think I screwed up my old HDD's bootup setup on an old Dell Optiplex
    GX280 test PC. I was trying to install three different 32-bit Windows
    onto this machine for testing purposes. It is a single boot setup and
    not dual/triple boots as well.

    IIRC, this is what happened... I had slipstreamed Windows XP Pro. SP2/3
    (forgot which one) installed in C: drive and made a Symantec Ghost image
    (use its boot CD-R) of it D: drive. Then, I accidently installed either
    Vista or Windows 7 into D: drive (was supposed to be in C: drive!) so my
    PC thinks I am dual booting which I did not want to do! I need to
    undo/fix this, but I think I made it worse as I tried to fix this!

    I tried to restore XP back to C: with my Ghost image backup, but the
    dual boot was still there! I tried restoring Vista/W7, but that didn't
    help either. I also tried clean reinstalling XP form its setup CD
    (booted from PC's bootup) into C: from scratch, but it didn't fix the
    problem. I tried booting up XP Pro. SP2 CD's recovery console to use
    fixmbr.exe \Device\HardDisk0 on the drive based on
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/bootcons_fixmbr.mspx
    instructions and rebooted, but that didn't work either (same problem).
    Maybe I did it wrong? I have never used it before, but then I never had
    to fix/undo multi-boot setup before.

    What am I missing and how do I have PC just boot to pure Windows that is
    installed on the current C: drive? I knew I should had been more careful
    with installation (C: and not D:). Do I have to do a full clean format
    on the computer? I don't want to lose Dell recovery partition/drive
    (don't have its original recovery discs for it either) too. :(

    Thank you in advance. :)
    --
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  2. a@b.c

    a@b.c Flightless Bird

    Re: How do I fix/remove the bootloader after accidently installing into second drive/partition?

    On Sat, 31 Jul 2010 22:20:25 -0700, Ant <ant@zimage.comANT> wrote:

    >Hello.
    >
    >I think I screwed up my old HDD's bootup setup on an old Dell Optiplex
    >GX280 test PC. I was trying to install three different 32-bit Windows
    >onto this machine for testing purposes. It is a single boot setup and
    >not dual/triple boots as well.
    >
    >IIRC, this is what happened... I had slipstreamed Windows XP Pro. SP2/3
    >(forgot which one) installed in C: drive and made a Symantec Ghost image
    >(use its boot CD-R) of it D: drive. Then, I accidently installed either
    >Vista or Windows 7 into D: drive (was supposed to be in C: drive!) so my
    >PC thinks I am dual booting which I did not want to do! I need to
    >undo/fix this, but I think I made it worse as I tried to fix this!
    >
    >I tried to restore XP back to C: with my Ghost image backup, but the
    >dual boot was still there! I tried restoring Vista/W7, but that didn't
    >help either. I also tried clean reinstalling XP form its setup CD
    >(booted from PC's bootup) into C: from scratch, but it didn't fix the
    >problem. I tried booting up XP Pro. SP2 CD's recovery console to use
    >fixmbr.exe \Device\HardDisk0 on the drive based on
    >http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/bootcons_fixmbr.mspx
    >instructions and rebooted, but that didn't work either (same problem).
    >Maybe I did it wrong? I have never used it before, but then I never had
    >to fix/undo multi-boot setup before.
    >
    >What am I missing and how do I have PC just boot to pure Windows that is
    >installed on the current C: drive? I knew I should had been more careful
    >with installation (C: and not D:). Do I have to do a full clean format
    >on the computer? I don't want to lose Dell recovery partition/drive
    >(don't have its original recovery discs for it either) too. :(
    >
    >Thank you in advance. :)



    You need to use the BOOTSECT.EXE program which you should have in the
    BOOT directory of your Wind7 DVD. You do this from a command window:

    BOOTSECT /nt52 c:

    to restore the XP single boot up sector
     
  3. Ant

    Ant Flightless Bird

    Re: How do I fix/remove the bootloader after accidently installinginto second drive/partition?

    On 8/1/2010 2:53 AM PT, a@b.c typed:

    > You need to use the BOOTSECT.EXE program which you should have in the
    > BOOT directory of your Wind7 DVD. You do this from a command window:
    >
    > BOOTSECT /nt52 c:
    >
    > to restore the XP single boot up sector


    Thanks. I hope that's all I will have to do on tomorrow (not at the test
    machine right now). I assume you mean to try it in its recovery mode
    like XP's.
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  4. Ant

    Ant Flightless Bird

    Re: How do I fix/remove the bootloader after accidently installing into second drive/partition?

    > You need to use the BOOTSECT.EXE program which you should have in the
    > BOOT directory of your Wind7 DVD. You do this from a command window:
    >
    > BOOTSECT /nt52 c:
    >
    > to restore the XP single boot up sector


    OK, I restored XP Pro. SP2 from its Ghost image to the drive (weird, it
    restores to D: [that doesn't seem right]). I rebooted to 32-bit W7 DVD's
    repair's cmd.exe and did "BOOTSECT /nt52 c:". I rebooted again and it
    worked. Although, the drive letters are wrong. I will have to fix that.
    I hope I don't screw it up more again (C: became D:, D: became C:). I
    have backup of Ghost images just in case. Hopefully, restoring all my
    images and booting each one up works correctly.
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  5. Ant

    Ant Flightless Bird

    Re: How do I fix/remove the bootloader after accidently installinginto second drive/partition?

    On 8/2/2010 1:30 PM PT, Ant typed:

    >> You need to use the BOOTSECT.EXE program which you should have in the
    >> BOOT directory of your Wind7 DVD. You do this from a command window:
    >>
    >> BOOTSECT /nt52 c:
    >>
    >> to restore the XP single boot up sector

    >
    > OK, I restored XP Pro. SP2 from its Ghost image to the drive (weird, it
    > restores to D: [that doesn't seem right]). I rebooted to 32-bit W7 DVD's
    > repair's cmd.exe and did "BOOTSECT /nt52 c:". I rebooted again and it
    > worked. Although, the drive letters are wrong. I will have to fix that.
    > I hope I don't screw it up more again (C: became D:, D: became C:). I
    > have backup of Ghost images just in case. Hopefully, restoring all my
    > images and booting each one up works correctly.


    Nope! After flipping/swapping the drive/partition letters and restoring
    each Ghost image to the correct C: drive showed missing nt. I tried
    32-bit W7 DVD's "BOOTSECT /nt52 c:" and "fixmbr.exe" methods in XP Pro.
    SP2's CD text mode cmd.exe, but both failed to fixed that one. :(

    I gave up and just reinstalled all Windows from scratch. Oy!
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    fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into wars, use chemical
    sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves. The families of
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    spin out the thread that sews the leaves together for their fungus
    gardens. They exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but
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