Inaccessible boot blue screen after disabling boot device


M

Michael Promes

I disabled my primary drive (and only drive) by mistake.
Now, I get an inaccessible boot device blue screen when I
try to boot. I've tried safe mode, emergency repiar from
the install disk, enabling what I thought might be the
device in the recovery console. Nothing seems to be
working.

Any Ideas?
 
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M

Michael Promes

No, I disabled it in the device manager. So, windows will
start to boot until it discovers that the boot drive
itself should be disabled. I should also not that I tried
it on a different IDE channel, same problem.

-Michael
 
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Jisha

Wow... that's a tough one...

Where exactly does Win2000 store that data?
In the Registry?... do you have a backup?
.... or stored in another "non-registry File ( & hopefully not encrypted)?

I know it's a long-shot.... but....
If a particular file location can be identified, perhaps you can re-enable
the drive by simply re-setting a bit using a hex-editor...

You could also "Hack" the registry... it's do-able... did it once with MS
Tech Support...
....but it's very scary...

From my experience with, cloning system & other drives, I believe w2k
recognizes drives by their individual serial #s.... That's why moving it to
a different IDE channel didn't work. BUT, If you can clone your disabled
drive to a new drive, you could boot up with that, since the new drive will
have a different serial #, and therefore will not be disabled. --- If THAT
works, then you might need to locate and delete the record of the old system
drive, so you can reclaim the original drive letter... (but I think it's
most likely to be free, since you already disabled the associated drive...)

GOOD LUCK!
 

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