Yet another error loading operating system

By Osteo
Apr 17, 2011
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  1. Today, I was working in the computer, and decided to give a quick restart, no previous problems, unusual noises or otherwise, but on reboot "error loading operating system"

    I have tried to read previous posts on the internet and are either too technical for me or don't seem to apply, but this is what I have tried so far

    BIOS does recognize the drive
    Exchanged with another HD with working XP and works, but obviously wants me to reactivate copy
    OEM Windows XP disc does load> setup> Drive C is unformatted, damaged, or formatted with incompatible file system with options to format or return to previous screen......and that where I decided to stop and ask the experts before I really mess something up

    My computer is a hodgepodge of parts, so not sure what to include
    was using up to date Win XP
    no recent hardware changes
    to the best of my knowldge no untrusted software downloads
    HD: Hitachi Deskstar 200GB

    If you need anything else please let me know
  2. Osteo

    Osteo TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I connected as an external and was able to determine the c: partition of the drive is unreadable, the D: is fine

    Is there any way to recover this and how did it happen???
  3. Osteo

    Osteo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    plz help no work will equal no job, any recommendatons????
  4. Osteo

    Osteo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I really wished someone would have helped, but we did find a solution and since this is a popular forum would like to post to hopefully help someone else out

    Boot off Windows XP installation disk
    Perform a Repair <R>
    that will exit to the Window XP Recovery Console
    select which installation you would like to log on to (almost always 1)
    Enter Admin pass
    the type 'fixmbr'
    That was actually unsuccessful for me, but a must try

    so type exit
    it will reboot
    Recovery Console
    type 'fixboot c:' (if C is your non working drive)
    are you sure? <Y>
    type 'exit'
    which reboots and now computer working as before

    Thanks again to everyone, hope this helps others

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