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Booting from a SATA drive with windows on after deleting IDE stuff

By tabaker ·
I have two drives installed on a windows XP pro machine, the D drive is my primary SATA drive and contains the OS along with some other important data. The C drive also contains data but not the operating system. My system has been working flawlessly until last night...

I've considered the C drive to be an extension to the SATA drive so I thought deleting the five or six files which meant nothing to me wouldnt cause too much damage. Now windows will not boot and my SATA drive is not recognised, a format of either drive is out of the question. I have tried copying some files here and there but can't remember how my boot.ini was setup or anything like that. I can't remember which files were deleted either, this really is a bit of a disaster

Any ideas at all would be brilliant and I'd be very thankfull.

So far I've tried the recovery console, however this is pretty useless because it's attempting to recover my C drive which never had an operating system on it...

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Files you need

by bcpgm In reply to Booting from a SATA drive ...

The C drive is the system volume that has boot files and your D drive the boot volume that has Windows folder.
Because you deleted a few files from C and the Windows would not boot, it is safe to say that at least one of the boot files got deleted.
What you need is the following three files in the C drive.

Boot.ini
Ntldr
Ntdetect.com

Ntldr and Ntdetect.com may be copied from other system (XP Home or Pro does not matter).
Copy boot.ini and modify as following.

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

Basically it is saying that the system folder (Windows directory) is in the second HD (rdisk(1)) first partition (Partition(1)).

Change the Windows directory (Windows or Winnt) and XP edition (Home or Pro) names accordingly.

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Fixed it!

by tabaker In reply to Files you need

I was working for a long time with it last night and managed to fix it exactly how you said, I'm still confused as to why a drive just containing music needs a boot.ini at all. Anyway it's a stupid mistake I shall never make again. Thanks for the help. Incidently one of the major problems I had was windows not recognising SATA when I got into the recovery console, thus no windows drive existed. It took me a long time to figure out what was going on and then I remembered the drivers disk and it all seemed to work flawlessly, I used bootcfg /rebuild.

Thanks anyway :)

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