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Windows will not Boot off of HD unless XP Disc is in CD Drive

By Obi-Wan Jerkobi
Sep 1, 2008
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  1. This started happening since I tried to make a H@ck!nt0sh out of my PC. I think it might have have happened because I changed the disk to HFS+. Well, enough speculation. It's as the title says. I think it might be because the partition isn't marked as active, so it cant get the attention of the BIOS when it tries to boot. Does anyone know how to mark a partition as active. I do have access to the windows xp installation, what can I download or what can I run to do this?
  2. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 592

    I marked the partition as active in windows, but now when it boots it says NTLDR is missing? What should I do? Run Fixmbr?
  3. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 931

    The alternative os forum has a thread discussing dual boot. Message #9 points to a site that has more detailed info. This site gives procedures for several scenarios.

    As I understand it, fixmbr installs the Windows bootloader on the selected hard drive.

    Here is info to create a boot floppy disk

    Editing boot.ini allows you to identify partitions. (And mountable files systems such as cmd console)
  4. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 592

    Nevermind, the problem was apparently windows was installing the boot loader on another drive. (I have 3 hard drives) I just unplugged them while I installed. :p Only took me 6 times. -_-
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