Recovery Consle Issues

By dom21
Apr 1, 2005
  1. Hope you can help,
    My original problem was when my laptop boots up, i get a message saying no operating system present, or words to that effect.

    Please see my previous thread

    When inserting a Win XP cd, I can get to the recovery console, if I try to repair XP I get message saying access denied!?

    If I try to re install XP Iam greeted with two partitions,

    E: Partition1 <Inactive <OS/2 Boot Man 2000MB <1066MB free
    C: Partition2 [Unknown] 26616MB <26615MB free

    Whats is the e: partition?
    Why is c: Partition unknown?

    I only have the option to format the C: Partition in either NTFS or FAT32 format.

    I would like to avoid losing any personal docs if possible.

    Also I can boot from the packard bell recovery disk, which will recover windows, but also delete my personal programs and documents.

    Which should I use??

    Many thanks

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Take the laptop-HD out. Get a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter. Put that HD in a desktop-PC as Slave. Retrieve whatever data you can onto that PC's harddisk.
    Then put the HD back in the laptop and let the restore-option from Packard Bell do its work. Also try to get any drivers off it that you can find in either partition.
    Alternatively, buy a legit OEM XP Home or Pro on the web for about $85.-
    Fdisk your laptop's HD, remove all old partitions, then make it 1 new partition for the whole disk, set it active and install your new XP, booting from CD. Let XP format the HD in NTFS, then install the rest.
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