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NT server 4.0 can't boot from 3rd partit

By rekruyt ·
I have a Dell notebook with a 6Gb harddisk.
The harddisk is divided in 3 partitions.
On C (2Gb NTFS) I have NT server 4.0 standalone server part of my works domain.
On D (2Gb FAT) I have NT server 4.0 as a primairy domain controller running.
On E (2Gb NTFS) I have installed NT server 4.0 for test purposes.

When I restart the computer I can boot from C and D but not from E.
I get the following message:
OS Loader V4.00
Boot record signature AA55 not found (0000 found)
Windows NT could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem
Could not read from the selected bootdisk. Check boot path and disk hardware. etc...

Who can help me with this.

Regards,

Ruud

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by mike_mds In reply to NT server 4.0 can't boot ...

Please see the Microsoft Article I Q149877. It covers the problem you are having. (a bit wordy and involved to condense here) Hope this helps and you've got utility software.

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by rekruyt In reply to NT server 4.0 can't boot ...

I don't have utility software (disk editor)
I'm also a little afraid of manually editing my MBR. I don't want to loose my C partition (very important)

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by AlphaGeek In reply to NT server 4.0 can't boot ...

First boot to one of the OS's and scan the system for Virii. A boot sector virus can cause this problem.

Second. You never stated if the OS ever worked properly from partition 3 or not.

I will assume not due to problems with booting to partitions beyond the 4G mark due to BIOS limitations on Intel based machines.

Do the following. Download the following IDE driver from MS or copy it from one of your other NT installations if they have SP4 or greater installed.
ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-unsup-ed/fixes/nt40/atapi/atapi.exe
You will need to execute the above to extract the atapi.sys driver.

Place the atapi.sys file in the Root directory of C: and rename it to Ntbootdd.sys.

Then edit the boot.ini in the root of C: modify both multi(~ lines of the Server install that is on partition 3 to scsi(~

This change causes NT to load the SCSI drivers during boot so that it doesn't have to rely on BIOS INT13 calls to locate the boot partition. The SCSI drivers areusually not active u

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by rekruyt In reply to NT server 4.0 can't boot ...

The NT installations on the 2nd and 3rd partitions are new. The 2nd partition is working ok and the 3rd not.
mike_mds@yahoo.com told me to look at Microsoft Article I Q149877
This will probably help but I don't have a disk editor and have any experience with manually editing the MBR. I'm a little afraid to do this because I don't want to loose my C partition (very important).

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by AlphaGeek In reply to NT server 4.0 can't boot ...

Continued since I got cut off at 1000 characters:

This change causes NT to load the SCSI drivers during boot so that it doesn't have to rely on BIOS INT13 calls to locate the boot partition. The SCSI drivers are usually not active until after NT loads.

The SCSI method will cause the boot process to take about 20-30 seconds longer.

Some MS KBs: Q114841,Q102873,Q197295

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