I have encountered some strange things upon reinstalling XP.
Before the reinstall I had one 20 gig IDE and one 40 gig IDE. Running XP Pro SP1
The 40 gig IDE housed five partions.
D: Win 2000 OS
E: Program Files
G: XP OS
20 gig IDE
This information will be useful later.
I reinstalled XP on C: after moving all the files from there to a SATA harddrive. This drive has more partition space, thus I choose this drive. In Administrator tools this drive was a system drive. I had a hell of a time reformating this drive, hmm must have been a reason for that, I gave up and figured I woul let XP do it on the install. After deleting all but the volume information from the partition I rebooted my computer.
Bootup failed. The system stopped on an error which was something like LTWIN OR NTWIN not found reboot (It was five letters, I should have written it down). Rebooting did nothing. I changed my Bios information to boot from the CD-ROM. I reformated C drive from the XP setup and then installed XP on C drive.
Upon bootup the system went directly to XP. I used to have choices of OS to run. It is obvious that I deleted something on C drive I shouldn’t have because now all reference of my other two OS system don’t exist. I can still access the data on those partions, but I cannot run the OS on bootup anymore.
I am now running XP SP2 on C Drive, everything seems to be working fine, except that:
D drive became E drive
E drive became F drive
F drive became G drive
G drive became H drive
H drive became I drive
K drive became D drive
It appears that all drive information moved one partition down and the last one became first.
Why would this happen? Does this have to do with something I shouldn’t have deleted from the original C parition? Is there anyway of automatically putting it back the way it was? Changing drive letters I suppose is an option, being there is no links to any other drives yet on the fresh install.
My second question is, is there any way to bring back the two options for which OS to boot from or is that information lost as well?
After this experience I don’t think I will try to install an OS to a system partition anymore. It’s just really strange, there has never been an O/S on C drive, it was D and G, C was used for internet temp files and backups.
Any help would be appreciated!