Big boot problem, error 1516 Partition improperly dimounted if you can solve this you are a genius


T

Thomas Waugh

I have made a very big mistake if you can solve this problem then you are a
Genius,

I was using power quest partition magic 8 and i was looking at my partitions
on my hardrive,
I was trying to create some space on the drive, and i used partition magic
to delete a partition i didnt recognize. It was only a small (7-8 MB)
partition and im fairly sure that ity was set to active. I am also sure that
there was more than one active partition on this disk, but everything that i
have read tells me that this cant be true. Now when i boot my computer up
it
trys to boot IDE-0 the drive but fails and comes up with the error message
"Cannot find NTLDR"

when i put the xp pro disk in to repair this problem it comes up with an
error,
so i then booted up with a copy of partition magic 8 on floppy disk to have
a look
at my hard drive. so when partition magic 8 was on i ran an error check.
the error displayed
"1516 partition improperly dismounted"

Now to solve this problem it suggests to use "chkdsk" check disk however
when i was
running partition magic the partitions that i have on the drive were not
assinged to any drive letters they all
just came up as "* :" and they all had the same error 1516which means that
they have been
improperly dimounted, and because they are not asinged to any drive letters
i cant run check disk
to them to solve this problem because i cant tell check disk what to look at
bacuse they are not assibged to a drive letter
and i dont know how to asign drive letters to them ethier, so im stuck in a
problem that i cant get out of

Can anyone help?
as i have data that i'd rather not lose!

thanks

Tom
 
J

Joep

post a partinfo (refer to PM manual)

error 1516 in itself is not a big deal: normally when windows has started it
puts up a flag 'i am not properly dismounted'. now this flag is only lowered
if you properly shut down windows, once it has closed open files etc. it
will 'lower this flag knowing it has left the file system in a consistent
state. next boot, and the same all over again. pm checks the state of this
flag and when it's up it will give error 1516.

when the flag is up already when windows boots, it now knows that something
(possibly) ain't right and it may for example inntiate an autocheck.

also, where was this 7.8 mb partition?
when i put the xp pro disk in to repair this problem it comes up with an
error,
always quote the error.
running partition magic the partitions that i have on the drive were not
assinged to any drive letters they all
just came up as "* :" and they all had the same error 1516which means that
they have been
pm NEVER assigns drive letters to ntfs when in dos, it is windows that
assigns drive letters and windows ain't running.
improperly dimounted, and because they are not asinged to any drive letters
i cant run check disk
nope you can't run chkdsk because you need windows running for that.

Joep

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M

Midnight

Please read all this post as it contains important info to try and stop you
loosing data.

Was Windows on your C: drive before? I am taking an educated guess that the
partition you deleted was a small space at the begining of the hard drive.
In Partition magic it would be the left hand side of the graphic
representation of your hard drive. I can't think of any other situation
which would stop windows from finding your active partition other than a
small space at the start of the drive. To fix it boot from partition magic 8
boot disc and see if you are shown a small deleted space at the left hand
side. If so create a primary partition then merge it into the next
partition. Make this a partition primary and active. You should be able to
now boot into windows. If you still have problems it is possible that your
boot files were on the small partition that you deleted. If this is the case
you should be able to boot from the XP cd and go to the recovery console and
use fixboot.

If you are worried about loosing data and you have another hard drive I
would try and copy the partitions holding the data onto a scond hard drive.

If you know what you are doing and confident then read on. If you have
enough empty space at the end of the hard drive (the right hand side of the
grapical representation) you should be able to reduce the size of the main
partition and create a new partition at the end of the hard drive. You could
then duplicate the data from the partition holding the data you want to
keep, onto the newly created partition at the end of the hard drive. You
should then hide this using partition magic so it doesn't confuse Windows.
This will give you a possible backup in case somthing goes wrong. Nothing is
guaranteed when moving partitions and data.

If my assumptions about the deleted partition being at the beginning of the
hard drive are wrong then please repost with as much info as possible about
the partitions you have including any empty space (uncreated partitions) and
where it is on your hard drive. Partiton Magic has a tool called
PartitonInfo which will copy relevent info. Do this before trying to repair
the fault if you are worried about loosing data.

Midnight
 
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Similar Problem 1516

I have the same error message. when I checked my drive with another program i was rold that the boot partition was improperly showm as 1023 when it should have been about 14,300.
i have partition magic on hirens boot cd but no emergency discs.
gary
 
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ntfs.sys blue screen / Error 1516 - Fixed

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BIG MICROSOFT BUG for XP SP3, you can't load windows XP or Boot PE if just one partition have error 1516. A dirty stop for your computer ? you're dead ? NO Linux INSERT could help you.
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The NTFSFix utility from "INSERT" Version 1.3.9 worked GREAT. What a freaking life saver.

INSERT-1.3.9b_en.iso

A couple of quick tips I had to sort out on my own.
First, when you get to "root:" type "insert 2" this will take you to level 2 text mode.
Second you have to know where your HD is. once you have booted to a prompt, type in "cfdisk". This will display the partitions available. write down the correct partition exactly.
In my case it was "sda2".
exit from the partition manager. Once back at the prompt type
ntfsfix /dev/(your HD location) (ex: "ntfsfix /dev/sda2")

Found somewhere on : http://www.techsupportforum.com
 

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