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boot problem after formating a partition

By JnA ·
Hi,

I have just moved my computer from winNT to win2000. I made a clean install as it is said to be more steady. I have two partitions on my hard drive which I wanted to be NTFS.

During the installation, everything was ok, but it just did not let me put NTFS on the second partition, I only could put FAT32. So I did.
Then I installed my different programs. Everything was fine.
I just wanted to put my second partition to NTFS. I formatted right-clicking on it, selecting Format with NTFS file format. The operation succeeded.
Later, I restarted my computer and it could not boot anymore: "NTLDR is missing". I followed the instructions I found on Microsoft: creating a boot diskette with a boot.ini, a ntdetect.com and ntldr file. The boot.ini file was the following:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

It did not work. Then Ireplaced "partition(1)" with "partition(2)" and it worked.
I could go back to win2000.
I checked on my C drive, these 3 files were not there anymore (by the way my system files are definitely on the C drive as my D drive has always been empty). I put them back on C. But I still could not boot my PC without using the diskette.
I tried both "versions" of boot.ini file on the C drive (that's to say writing partition(1) and partition(2) ) but still does not work.
I also tried to reformat my 2nd partition the same way but putting back fat32. Unsuccessful.

Now, I think it was a very bad way to format the partition but it's a bit late...

So if anyone knows how (or rather where) to make the change so that I do not need to use the boot disk every time I start my computer, and at the same time explaining me why it is looking for oot files on the 2nd partition....


Thanks

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boot problem after formating a partition

by parvus1202 In reply to boot problem after format ...

Short for NT Loader, a program loaded from the hard drive boot sector that displays the Microsoft Windows NT startup menu and helps Windows NT load.
Often a user will see the message "NTLDR is Missing" after attempting to install Windows 2000 or Windows XP, or upgrade a Windows 95-based or Windows 98-based computer to Windows 2000 or Windows XP. The message appears after the first reboot. This occurs only if Windows 95 or 98 has been installed on a drive with the FAT32 file system.

To correct the problem, the user must boot the computer with a Windows 95 or 98 Startup diskette or another bootable diskette with sys.com on it. Then, at the "A>" prompt, type "sys c:" and press "enter." A "System Transferred" prompt should appear and then the user must reboot the computer without the diskette.

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by JnA In reply to boot problem after format ...

It did not work as Sys C: does not restore NTLDR. It only restores the Windows 98 system files (Config.sys, MSDOS.sys, etc.).

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by CG IT In reply to boot problem after format ...

there is a command line syntax for changing from FAT to NTFS that might solve the problem once you reformat your partitions, clean install W2K to your primary partition. at the command prompt type: convert c/FS:NTFS press enter. W2K will say next time your boot, W2K will convert the drive to NFTS. Reboot your computer. Once you get to your desktop, repeat the convert for your D partition. This seems to be a better way of converting than using computer management from the admin tools.

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by CG IT In reply to boot problem after format ...

note: what I've always done when installing a new O/S is use a W9X boot disk with Fdisk. I use Fdisk to create, set active, format, primary and extended partions on my drives. I don't let Windows do it. I've always had problems when Windows creates/formats partitions.

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by JnA In reply to boot problem after format ...

Actually my problem for the moment is not managing my partitions, I just want to be able to boot without the diskette. I am not thinking of reinstalling Win2000 for the moment. However thanks for the tip, I keep it in mind.

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by parvus1202 In reply to boot problem after format ...

Another way of doing it without this problem is to install first Win 98 and then Win2000, the reason for this is that Win2000 will detect that you have already installed other OS and it will prompt to install automatically on the other partition. You can boot and reboot without any problem.

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by JnA In reply to boot problem after format ...

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boot problem after formating a partition

by Kinetechs In reply to boot problem after format ...

Before you format and reinstall, try these steps:

1) Boot to Win2K using floppy.
2) Go into Disk Management in the Computer Management MMC.
3) Make note of the first partition on your disk (e.g. C:, , etc.).
4) Right-click that partition andselect "Mark Partition Active"
5) Copy the files BOOT.INI, NTLDR, and NTDETECT.COM to the drive noted from step 3 above.
6) Reboot computer using Win2K CD-ROM.
7) Follow the menus but do NOT reinstall but rather follow the instructions to boot into the Recovery Console.
Once you log into the Recovery Console, issue the command "fixboot C:" replacing C: with the drive letter you noted from Disk Management.
9) Try rebooting.

Hope this helps.
Cheers!
~Sean

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by JnA In reply to boot problem after format ...

I tried that but there is no possibility to select "Mark Partition active" on the C drive (it just dies not appear on the right-click). Disk Management says that:
- C is a (healthy) boot partition and is colored in blue (=logical drive)
-D is a (healthy) system partition and colored in purple (=primary partition).
And I am definitely sure: all is on the C drive (I restarted my computer a lot of times after the win2000 installation without any problem until I formated the D into NTFS).
However I tried to go to the recovery console and it just listed: 1: \WINNT that is to say no way to try repairing the C drive.

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by JnA In reply to boot problem after format ...

Fed up of that situation I have just reinstalled a fresh copy of win2k. It is not the ay I expected to solve my problem, but I had to make a "very" clean install to build a template computer.
When I made the reinstallation, it did not detect the version of win2k that was on my C. It just thought there was no OS installed, so there was definitely a mess between the two partitions.But I repeat it (again !!) wverything was on the C drive, the D was completely empty.
So I leave the question open if someone can explain what happened...

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