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By aadoo120 ·
I HAD A HARD DISK OF CAPACITY 4OGB.BUT SUDDENLY I FOUND SOME PROBLEM IN HDD.WHEN I SWITCH ON THE PC IT DISPLAYED MESSAGE "GRUB"
THEN I REINTALLED WIN-XP.BUT AFTER COPYING ALL FILE INTO THE HDD AT THE TIME OF RESTART IT WAS SHOWING "ERROR IN OPERATING SYSTEM LOADING"
AND SOMETIMES "MISSING OPERATING SYSTEM"
I INSALLED MULTIPLE TIMES ,BUT IT WAS NOT BOOTING.
COULD ANYONE SOLVE THIS PROBLEM?

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by statykserver In reply to hard disk problem

GRUB is one of the bootloaders available in Linux, it sounds like someone tried installing linux on the system and somewhere down the line things got hairy and now it won't boot. When you are reinstalling windows are you removing all partitions on the 40 gb drive and then formating with ntfs (not quick) This should help you hopefully, post back with more information to better help you.

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by aseem_kumar_2001 In reply to hard disk problem

Probably your HDD has developed bad sectors .
Get it scanned for bad sectors using chkdisk by booting from a floppy

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by ReWrite In reply to hard disk problem

I agree with stat regarding a bad linux install. To repair the boot sector use the winxp recovery console and issue the command "fixmbr" (no quotes). This should repair the boot sector and remove the grub reference. You should also check and see if winxp sees the entire hdd. If not, then there is probably a linux partition still on the drive. You will need to use a partition mgmt utility to remove it if there is one and then the winxp disk management utility to recover the space. See this article on the fixmbr command:

http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/DiskMgmt/tools.htm

Look for the fixmbr section.

Cheers.

RW

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by Zelimir In reply to hard disk problem

Find "low level format utility" for your type of disk (for example:powermax for maxtor disks) then use it.After that create partitions further steps You know i guess.

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by TomSal In reply to hard disk problem

NO! Do not use a low level format! (Man what's with low level format's these days ...the 4th time I heard/saw someone advise someone to LL Format in 2 months!).

LL Format is always a last resort to reclaiming your HDD. Don't take LL formating lightly. (Think of a LL format as a "physical" format of the hard disk, whereas a "regular" format is a logical format of the hard disk.)

Anyway Stat and Re-write's suggestions I agree with and I back what they said. It sounds like a Linux install gone bad.

Their suggestions and if it works out give one or both of them points as appropriate to show your appreciation.

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look into solaris' grub as an alternate option

by godzai In reply to

I was having a similiar situation. I read the article "grub and the solaris 10 os:the new bootloader for x86 platforms." it could be you were hacked via this method and have remnants still on your system that are making your bios selections moot. I noticed the same messages during my experience with it. Just a suggestion.

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