Strange HDD Problem..

By kentontator ·
So I had a fresh reformatted machine and had loaded a bunch of programs on it, with 1 HDD(sata) loaded. It was my c drive. Then I shut down, and put in a second HDD(IDE, to pull data off) I made sure it was set to slave.

Boot up log on, and my Sata drive was now set to E and the IDE drive was now present as C

all the shortcuts and everything came from the E drive, but a few things would not work. So I moved over all my files I needed and turned the machine off.

Boot back up and when you log on it instantly logs off.(this is with the SATA drive only)

plug the IDE drive back in and it boots up, logs in regularly. I noticed that the swap file was on the c so I figured I would put it on E and that windows must have been looking for that when I tried to log on.

No luck with that. I wanted to try to change the E back to C, so I renamed C to G.

Now I can't log in at all.

It won't log in safe mode, currently running check disk from the boot cd.

any help would be awesome!

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What does boot.ini say? <NT>

by Kenone In reply to Strange HDD Problem..
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not to sure...

by kentontator In reply to What does boot.ini say? < ...

So if I am in recovery console, and use bootcfg to view/make changes to boot.ini what should I be looking for?

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Something like this

by Kenone In reply to not to sure...

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

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which command

by kentontator In reply to Something like this

what do i use to display that? I have a rough time in console...

bootcfg /which command?


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Just do it this way

by IC-IT In reply to which command

bootcfg /list
Take not of the ending options.
bootcfg /rebuild

Once the IDE entered the mix, the BIOS said "oh, that is the first device"
It really desn't matter to the windows install.

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by kentontator In reply to Just do it this way

I rebuilt the boot.ini and still when I log on it instantly logs me off.

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Sounds viral but you may need to change

by IC-IT In reply to Rebuilt...

The logon reg key.
If your Sata drive is still E:, then your reg key should be like this;

Open regedit, Navigate to
HKEY_local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Click on the Winlogon key, scroll down to the userint it should read E:\Windows\system32\userinint.exe
If it is C: again, then substitute the correct drive letter.
You may have to use a boot CD and remote registry editing.

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Can you do an "Edit"? <NT>

by Kenone In reply to Strange HDD Problem..

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