One partition on HD goes "unformatted"?

Discussion in 'Windows XP Hardware' started by Marc Erickson, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. I shut down my box and restarted - when I did, the Windows XP installation
    on the G: partition (FAT32) had disappeared (I have a multiboot box with
    WinNT4, Win98SE, and Win2K as the other OSes). I checked it with a DOS boot
    disk and DOS can still see all the files - so can Win98 - but Win2K sees the
    partition as unformatted. I've run ScanDisk both from DOS and Win98 on the
    partition and they corrected a reported free space error and a couple of
    reported file length errors only. I then ran Norton DiskDoctor on the
    partition and again got a reported free space error which was corrected.
    I've run Western Digital's disk checking utility's Quick Check test and it
    reported no problems. Win2K still sees the partition as unformatted while
    Win98 and DOS see it normally. VoptXP (a disk defragmentation utility from
    http://www.goldenbow.com) also sees the partition as unformatted. I'm also
    having other wierdness with this drive - I'm getting an
    Inaccessible_Boot_Disk stop error in NT so can't boot the machine at all to
    NT.

    I'd prefer not to reinstall WinXP as I just did it - any suggestions? If I
    do have to reinstall what can I do to check the partition before I install
    so that all errors are repaired and this doesn't happen again?


    Best regards,
    Marc Erickson
     
    Marc Erickson, Feb 3, 2004
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  2. Marc Erickson

    Guest Guest

    Hi

    See the method as described on this web page below to access the "recovery console"

    http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm#How to access the Rec
    very%20Console

    Once at the recovery console command prompt, type in

    bootcfg /rebuil

    Hope it helps

    Pete

    ----- Marc Erickson wrote: ----

    I shut down my box and restarted - when I did, the Windows XP installatio
    on the G: partition (FAT32) had disappeared (I have a multiboot box wit
    WinNT4, Win98SE, and Win2K as the other OSes). I checked it with a DOS boo
    disk and DOS can still see all the files - so can Win98 - but Win2K sees th
    partition as unformatted. I've run ScanDisk both from DOS and Win98 on th
    partition and they corrected a reported free space error and a couple o
    reported file length errors only. I then ran Norton DiskDoctor on th
    partition and again got a reported free space error which was corrected
    I've run Western Digital's disk checking utility's Quick Check test and i
    reported no problems. Win2K still sees the partition as unformatted whil
    Win98 and DOS see it normally. VoptXP (a disk defragmentation utility fro
    http://www.goldenbow.com) also sees the partition as unformatted. I'm als
    having other wierdness with this drive - I'm getting a
    Inaccessible_Boot_Disk stop error in NT so can't boot the machine at all t
    NT

    I'd prefer not to reinstall WinXP as I just did it - any suggestions? If
    do have to reinstall what can I do to check the partition before I instal
    so that all errors are repaired and this doesn't happen again


    Best regards
    Marc Erickso
     
    Guest, Feb 3, 2004
    #2
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  3. Thanks for the suggestion - but the Recovery Console does not see an
    installation of Windows XP on the G: partition (it's FAT 32) to log on to.
    The only OSes that can see the partition as formatted and containing files
    is Win98 and DOS (off of a boot floppy).

    Marc

    > Hi,
    >
    > See the method as described on this web page below to access the "recovery

    console".
    >
    >

    http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm#How to access the Reco
    > very%20Console:
    >
    > Once at the recovery console command prompt, type in:
    >
    > bootcfg /rebuild
    >
    > Hope it helps.
    >
    > Peter
    >
    > ----- Marc Erickson wrote: -----
    >
    > I shut down my box and restarted - when I did, the Windows XP

    installation
    > on the G: partition (FAT32) had disappeared (I have a multiboot box

    with
    > WinNT4, Win98SE, and Win2K as the other OSes). I checked it with a

    DOS boot
    > disk and DOS can still see all the files - so can Win98 - but Win2K

    sees the
    > partition as unformatted. I've run ScanDisk both from DOS and Win98

    on the
    > partition and they corrected a reported free space error and a couple

    of
    > reported file length errors only. I then ran Norton DiskDoctor on

    the
    > partition and again got a reported free space error which was

    corrected.
    > I've run Western Digital's disk checking utility's Quick Check test

    and it
    > reported no problems. Win2K still sees the partition as unformatted

    while
    > Win98 and DOS see it normally. VoptXP (a disk defragmentation

    utility from
    > http://www.goldenbow.com) also sees the partition as unformatted.

    I'm also
    > having other wierdness with this drive - I'm getting an
    > Inaccessible_Boot_Disk stop error in NT so can't boot the machine at

    all to
    > NT.
    >
    > I'd prefer not to reinstall WinXP as I just did it - any suggestions?

    If I
    > do have to reinstall what can I do to check the partition before I

    install
    > so that all errors are repaired and this doesn't happen again?
    >
    >
    > Best regards,
    > Marc Erickson
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
    Marc Erickson, Feb 3, 2004
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