... ) has a partition that was divided automatically
when I did a recovery operation. I had it set before to 50/50 but this time
for some reason my "custom" install went to 15% to "C" and the rest to my
"D". Does it matter? I run a video editing program that is fairly
heavy(premier pro). I have 768ram and use an external hard drive as well. My
C drive has little space left. Will this cretae problems or is this partition
just arbitrary? (Most of my work programs I put on "D".......)You can live happily with an unbalanced partitioning: only be sure that you
maintain at least 3 Gb free on the C Drive for SWAP file and Internet History
[or else manually change these to the D Drive].
All programs files that you install should be manually selected to ...
When i load my computer it asks me to choose which operating system i would
like to load, both are Windows XP, and in My Computer it shows i have 2 hard
drives but i have only got one actual hard drive. I need to get rid of one of
the hard drives that shows in My Computer and stop the computer asking me
which operating system i want to load. Anybody know what the problem is?disk management console? Sorry, not a clue, but i did formet the hard drive
recently and i think i did set up a partition. was that right?
I have just re-installed Windows XP Professional SP2 to a blank hard drive.
I have re-installed Fax console. I would like to import the sent faxes,
the received faxes, and the fax address book from the old drive (which is
still perfectly workable). In what subdirectory are these items to be
found? What are their filenames (or what is the template for the
filenames)?Go to Start > Printers and Faxes
Right click Fax (usually right under the Add Printer icon)
Select Properties, then select the Archives tab.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows
... ? So if I copy everything on CD's and try to copy them
back onto the computer in question after it's back up and
running and it doesn't recognize the CD's I'm in the
My question is "if I install a second hard drive what's
the chances of being able to move the files onto it then
removing it and trying to repair or reinstalling XP???"
Installing the new hard drive, doing a clean XP install
along with SP2 then putting in the old hard drive and
copying the files onto the new one?
The bottom line is I know I screwed up letting in the crap
that infected the computer but now need to fix it and I'm
pretty sure there is no "easy" fix?
Note: All of my system restore points are gone ...
I have installed a 80gb secordary hard disk on my Dell PC.
1. Bios has recognized it as the secondary drive
2. Device Manager has got the drive
3. BUT WINDOWS EXPLORER cannot see the drive.
Do I need to format the drive? If so, FORMAT D: is not doing anything.
I am confused. Please help. Please reply to group.You need to format and partition the drive by opening
control panel and then administritive tools. Then click
on computer management, then select disk management and
away you go the rest should be self explanatory.
... , but it doesn't boot up. (I tried it twice just in case there was an
problem the first time).
I get an error message about the hal.dll file being missing or damaged.
I have tried copying the file from my current hard drive into the cloned
one, but get the same error message on boot.
I tried the Recovery Console but it was unable to create the file using the
Is there anything else I can do as I don't want to spend hours and hours
installing and updating ALL my programs again!
Please try the following link to Kelly's web site:
"HAL - Hardware Abstraction Layer"
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_h.htmCommon reason for message that HAL.DLL is missing is improper path, or
correct path not found, to startup files. Usually ...
windows xp is not starting up..keeps saying boot failure when i tried the xp
disk to reload xp the startup disk couldnt detect any hard drive...what do i
do?!When did this take place,and was xp running ok on the hd.Try physically
moving the hd to another slot on the IDE cable,try opening the BIOS and
see if its detected there.Other than that,booting to xp cd,recovery,press
enter for password,at screen type:DiskPart See if its detected,type:EXIT
to leave recovery,type:HELP For menu options.CHKDSK C: /p Would be a good
cmd to run if it would.
When starting windows xp home keep getting message......boot device not recegnized insert cd and press F1. Please help me . Need windows to start from hard drive as it did before.Contact your hardware vendor to know how to go in bios and do setdefault in bios and reboot the computer.
just install the windows xp with the help of installation cd.
... helping me?I think what Jupiter is trying to say is to check that you have
checked the jumpers to configure the drives in a master/slave setup
(assuming that is how you have them set up).
Does your BIOS recognize the hard drives during the self test?nada. and actually. to be quite honest i dont think i know how to do that. i think i did something like that. but again, i dunnoEvan;
I suggest you find a friend who is familiar with the insides of
computers particularly configuring multiple hard drive on a computer.
If your BIOS does not recognize the drive, either the drive is bad or
more likely the jumpers are incorrect.
Jupiter Jones [MVP]
that. i think i did something like that. but again, i dunno
changed. if i tell you that my computer is a ...
... drive... a hard drive is not
(b) my hard drive is the only hard drive connected to my machine....
and it is in proper working order... its the hard drive that i can
still log into windows with.... i just want to reinstall windows over
it... again i am booting from my CDROM drive so i dont understand why
im getting a HARD DRIVE not found error... is it my boot order? driver?
THANKS FOR ANY HELP!!!
RYANI don't understand why people don't use their bloody boot disks to
reformat! First off, you shouldn't have purchased a Dell! Try using a
98 boot disk to delete partitions, and reformat. Create a new Primary
DOS Partition, and reinstall XP on that partition.Why would they want XP on a "DOS" partition?Dixonian69 Wrote:
... 't boot anymore. I think this is because
not all system files were restored since some might be in use when
running windows to run the backup/restore program.
Now I boot with the XP cd (recovery console) and want to place back some
files from an external drive. I can access the drive and the files so
the only thing might be to copy the files from ext:\WINNT\system32\ to
the local drive. The problem is the copy command does not accept any
wildcards. Since I don't know which files to place back I thought
placing back all from system32 should be best to do (or maybe all from
WINNT dir). Since this are over 1000 files I cannot / will not do this
file after file. Is there a way to copy whole directory?xcopyWhere can I download xcopy? The command itself is not available in the ...
... of 40Gb, but it still won't help you reimage from the
startup set. Thus reduction of disk size may be a waste of time, plus add in
unnecessary RISK of ruining any exisiting files on the single partitioned
Norton Ghost 9.0 takes forward step by allowing one to create byte-by-byte
hard disk backups [and recovery?] without rebooting their PC or leaving
Windows. Ghost 9.0 now lets you make a duplicate "image" of your hard drive's
contents--copying all the files, programs, and settings--by incorporating
technology from Drive Image, which is a result of Symantec buying PowerQuest.
It manages USB and SATA drives, I'm quite sure of that.
I would have a quick word with Symantec Tech support and check with them if
you can restore ...
I wiped my hard drive and now I don't have some if the previous components. I
am missing small things like paint, solitaire, the calculator, etc. If anyone
knows why and if there is anything I can do to get them back please let me
You wiped the hard drive, then re-installed XP - now those programs don't
If so, go to:
Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs>Add/Remove Windows Components
Install from there.Thanks very much, you were very helpful.You're welcome.i have re installed my pc with windows xp and now my added 80g hard drive is
missing?? any idea how i get it back??
... and when I tried accessing it thru Windows Explorer I got
the I/O device error message. Any idea what I can do about this? I have
Windows XP, a fast processor and huge hard drive, and I have plenty of disc
space. I did get the advice through another web forum to check for spyware
and trojan horses, which I diud and removed some, and also to uninstall some
resource hogging programs such as Norton Disk Doctor which I did and now my
boot up is faster, but the external hard drive is still not recognized
properly. In device manager it says it's operating normally. I checked for an
updated driver but there isn't any.
Also, what does DirectDBNotifyWndProc mean? I've been seeing that since the
above problem when I shut down my computer.
Any ideas? Thanks!!Hi,
What type ...
following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\System"
I have tried to use the recovery console to replace the system file but
when the console loads it hangs. I only have one instance of windows
installed and after I make that selection and press enter the computer
just stops responding. Is there any way around this besides a
reinstall? My hard drive is partitioned into a C and a D drive with
windows being on C:\. If I have to do a reinstall will I loose all my
data which is stored on the d:\ partition? Thanks for any help.Can you give a more complete description as to just how the Recovery
The Windows XP Recovery Console is a command line environment with no
graphic interface or menus. All you get is a Command Prompt like ...
XP platform does not see SAIT hard drive during installDo you mean SATA hd... First you need to install the drivers for
it with a floppy before you try to install windows,you need to
configure it in the BIOS,then if youre creating a striped or mirrored set
configure before windows.
with a computer. Under "properties" for my hard drive (C://) it says that my
used space is 57.1 gigabytes. Knowing this to be a little fishy, I took all
the root folders on my c drive and added up the space on the big ones (and
yes, I made sure it showed hidden folders and files). I ended up with 26
gigabytes with all the big folders, and the other miscellaneous stuff could
not have made it more that 30 gigs. Where is my space going? I am very sure
that the properties say 57.1 gigs used and 16.7 gigs free. I do not have
anything that would add about thirty gigs on my hard drive. Why is the
reported space for the drive so much different from what I'm adding up?
Thank you.Hidden recovery partition?
Youve run disk clean up
Try some thing like Tree ...
... run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP CD-ROM,
but when I attempt to run it from the hard drive (after installing
it as described in the docs) it gives me a 'Blue Screen', with
an error message:
STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF898963C, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
This error occurs after the following is seen on the screen:
Starting Recovery Console
(progress bar is displayed across the screen)
Please wait ...
Any help would be appreciated.
have tried there. However, the problems I am having are ONLY with the
Recovery Console from my hard disk, NOT from the Recovery Console on the
CD-ROM, NOR (and I think this is important) from my actual WinXP
installation! I can run Win XP fine, but the Recovery Console will only ...
... I was upgrading IE, something went wrong and messed up Windows. I
re-installed Windows, and everything works fine except for my slave hard
drive. When I try to access the hard drive, a message pops up saying the
disk is not formatted, do you want to format now?
I DO NOT WANT TO FORMAT.
How do I make it so that I can access the content I already have on the
drive. I do not want to format as there are files on there that I want to
Thanks for your help.You will probably be able to see the drive from Recovery Console. From there
you can do a
where D: is the drive letter.
Booting to the XP setup CD and choosing 'install' gives tu a prompt for
"Press 'R' for repair", which puts you at the recovery console prompt
I recently triedto download the free trial of XP Professional x64, and got
the email sent to my email and I still can't or haven't figured out how to
save the ISO file or format to the hard drive and then I guess burn it to a
cd. So if anyone knows how to do this and can explain it for dummies or
someone who is not very good with computers I would greatly appreciate it.There is no offense meant by this - I am presenting you with 'as I see
If you cannot download and burn a ISO image to CD in order to install
WIndows XP x64 - then I wouldn't recommend doing it.
Windows XP x64 requires a 64-bit capable PC and the drivers for your
exisiting hardware may not even exist (have you checked each hardware
component? Motherboard chipset, video card, ...
Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is
newer than the version on the CD.
I take it this is because of SP2, and in that case, someone undoubtably has
come up with a way to get around this. Now if someone would be kind enough
to inform me of how.
Thanks in advance.Hi
If you have upgraded to SP2 and you are using a CD from a previous version
of XP, you will see that error message. To install the Recovery Console in
SP2, you will need to create a slipstreamed SP2 CD.
You can download the SP2 file (266 MBs) from here:
or if you have a copy of the SP2 CD, you can copy the xpsp2.exe file from
that CD onto your hard disk/partition ...
... any help anyone could give me.
I have a IBM thinkpad with Windows XP Pro. It has a 25G hard drive.
I keep getting error messages telling me the c:drive is full.
I have deleted all non-critical programs. ( The only large ones I have left
besides XP are Office XP, Lotus notes, and my Ipod software.)
I have also deleted all non-essential files ... it will take
somemore space, but will allow you to clean up your computer. And at the
same time keep your PC protected. USe this as a last resort, if nothing else
works, becuase I don't want your C drive to get overloaded. You can always
2. Delete all cookeis in your browser, and TEMPORARY internet files.
Delete the files in your TEMP file. This will free up some space and let
your system run a bit smoother.
... it would have
been updated with other WinXP updates. Is that true?
Is there a way to safely install the Console long after the initial WinXP
Bob VintonUnfortunately, No. The SP2 update does not update the HD-installed
recovery console, tho several sites/folks claim that it will. In my
experience it does NOT.
The only way I know of to get a good SP2 version of the RC installed on
your HD is to install it from a XP Setup CD that has SP2 already. To make
one of them from your original non-sp2 XP Setup disk you need to perform a
"slipstream". Google for "XP SP2 Slipstream" to find out how to do this.
It's not too hard, but you do need to download the full "network
installer" for SP2 (BIG!), and have your ...
windows xp runs set up to a certain point where your asked to press "enter"
when i press "enter" message says
setup did not find any hard disk drives installed.
bios is set to "auto" detect the hard drive. i can see the hard drive in
post shows hard drive "enabled"
any ideas?Do you have Serial ATA drives in your system? If so, you may need to hit
"F6" when setup is starting to install a custom driver.
... I left it blank and entered. No luck---tells me
invalid. After3 unsuccessful tries the computer reboots. So I left Windows
load normally. I actually go ahead and set a password for myself. I reboot
and let Windows load again and sign on with the password. I then go ahead and
reboot and I left the WinXP CD boot the computer and get back to that same
place after choosing R for Recovery Console and picking the only
choice---number 1---I enter the password exactly lower cased as I made it in
Windows, and it once again tells me invalid. What now? Can someone please
help???-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
There is actually a user called 'administrator' It is created by
Windows as a part of the install process. If you did not set a
password for ...
Having problems and the system would not start and would not install without
formating the drive. Added a different drive and installed windows, but
while it recognizes the drive it does not recognize anything on that drive.
Need to restore the file system on that drive. Windows XP professional on
a stand alone home unit.
Any help is appreciated.Rt click on MyComputer>select Manage>Disk Management>rt click on drive
if it shows up there and select Choose a Drive letter for it.Follow the directions and it is there as Drive C and you click on properties
is shows empty and it does show the file system as NTFS. Need a way for the
drive to list the files. I did not rename the drive not sure if that would
... are loading, this fills the screen and then stops for a short while
then the PC reboots itself.
However many times I try this always happens.
I cannot start up in safe mode.
Windows XP professional SP2
SATA drive (partitioned C & D) also 2 additional 80gb drives ( G & H)Mick, can you boot up in Normal mode? If you can then ... Recovery Console.
Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console
HOW TO Install and Use the Recovery Console in Windows XP
How to install the Windows Recovery Console ...