Windows XP dissapeared

Sun, 2009-10-25 08:55 by giorgos · Forum/category:

Hi, to everyone i write for first time and here is my problem: Before some time my laptop went down and the company which i bought it replaced it with a new one. But i kept the hard disk i had. When i plug the hd to the new laptop ( same specifications as the previous i had ) and tried to run Windows XP BSODs appeared either in safe mode or normal mode or even previous known good configuration. I know that the partitions are still in the hard disk and hard disk works well as i connected to a pc via a usb cable and managed to see my files. I then read about a way to restore the system by running the installation cd. Here is the new amazing problem: installation cd of Windows XP runs well, but it does not find any Windows partition! To tell the truth it does not find the hard disk at all.
Does anyone faced a similar problem? Is there a way to fix this problem?
Thanks for your time.

Repair installation

Sun, 2009-10-25 09:10 by admin

The normal way is a repair installation.

You could also read the article Move an entire Windows installation. It deals with a somewhat different problem, but has relevant hints.

admin thanks a lot for the

Sun, 2009-10-25 09:24 by giorgos

admin thanks a lot for the quick reply. I do have an installation CD for WindowsXP that offers the repair choice. The problem is that the installation CD does not find any hard disk, either for repair or installing from scratch, and that's weird because in the same disk i have a linux partition ( dual boot ) from which i can see and manipulate the contents of WindowsXP partition ( that's also means that hard disk works ).

Linux boot manager

Sun, 2009-10-25 09:38 by admin

If you have a Linux boot manager installed, then the Windows install CD may no longer recognize the boot configuration.

Unfortunately I don't have any simple solution for this particular problem, short of entirely uninstalling Linux and its boot manager and reinstating the original boot configuration, which may not even be possible.

I would probably try to take a new hard disk, install Windows on it, delete all folders, then copy the entire content of the problem Windows partition into that new, mostly empty Windows partition. Then I would do a repair installation on that new hard disk. Rather complicated, unfortunately, but that's the price to pay for unusual non-standard installations.

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