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Need to Reclaim Hidden NTFS Partition

By ganointed1 ·
Ok here goes: I have a 1.4 CPU w/ 1.3 GB Ram with a multi-boot configuration consisting of: XP (NTFS file system), W2K (NTFS file system), and W98 (FAT file system). The system is configured with a total of 3 physical partitions which contain thesytem files for the above-mentioned Operating Systems. There are 3 logical FAT partitions which contains the clients data for each respective Operating system. Anyway, the client decided he didn't want the W98 partition anymore so, he utilized Norton Disk Doctor 2002 to fix the partition because he stated it showed the W98 partition as invalid. When the client chose to repartition the drive it merged the other 2 physical partions into one. The three logical partitions still remain intact but he is unable to see the XP, and W2K partitions because they are NTFS partitions. I need to know how to reclaim these partitions for the client. Already tried, Last Known Configuration, and XP startup disk but it still does not show the NTFS partitions. Note that workstation does not boot up to any OS but goes to DOS mode. Unable to execute Safe Mode or Boottext.log (it only loops back to dos screen). Please advise.

Thank you.

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by petemcc In reply to Need to Reclaim Hidden NT ...

This may be of some help,

There is an xp repair utility- BOOTCFG- that you can use to restore the boot files:

"The bootcfg command is a Microsoft Windows XP Recovery Console command that manipulates the Boot.ini file. This command has a function that can scan your hard disks for Microsoft Windows NT, Microsoft Windows 2000, and Windows XP installations, and then add them to an existing Boot.ini file or rebuild a new Boot.ini file, if one does not exist. The bootcfg command enables additional Boot.ini file parameters to be added to existing or new entries."

so maybe at least you can get XP/2000 to start up.

See this ms article (Q2**980) - remove any spaces from the link...

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q2**980

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by revnathan In reply to Need to Reclaim Hidden NT ...

I had a lunix ntfs drive and a fat32 drive error, if
you can find a version of partition magic, you
can reclame the drive , and fix the boot section
also. you can also use partition magic to
merge the partitions back together, it is one ofthe best harddrive programs on the market. it
will fix a lot of the problems you are having.
boot disks come with the program..

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by brian_seader In reply to Need to Reclaim Hidden NT ...

Honestly, that system sounds like it got royally hosed by the user. If you need to recover data off of the NTFS partitions, the fastest method I can think of would be to yank it's hard drive and add it as a second drive of another, working, 2000 orXP system. You should be able to access the contents of the drive once you've mounted it on the other system.

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