I decided to shrink a logical partition so I could expand my primary partition, using Norton Partition Magic 8.0. Before doing that, I elected to convert the primary (boot) partition to NTFS. After 2 restart-chkdisk-convert cycles, it appeared that the conversion had completed. But after the last reboot, the first thing that happens when it hit the HDD is "A DISK READ ERROR HAS OCCURRED PRESS CTRL+ALT+DEL TO RESTART".
My first thought was to boot off of the XP install CD and go through the recovery options. However, the system will not boot off of CD, even after I put CDROM first in boot sequence in bios. For all I know, this could be a case of a faulty CDROM, as it's long in the tooth and has been acting badly as of late. It is one of two CD drives, the other is an HP 9900 CD-RW. I'll try hooking it up by itself and see if it boots.
I'm at work now, just trying to compile as much ammo as possible for my ordeal later. I intend to go through the "repairing XP" steps located elsewhere on the board which I bookmarked. I guess what I want to know is, is there anything I missed so far, does it look like my approach is worthwhile, and most importantly, has anyone else experienced this error after said conversion, and how'd it turn out?
Edit: I see my system info doesn't appear under my s/n, so: Abit BE6 MB, 512 MB RAM, 550 mhz PIII (Good 'ol Slot 1) - Kickin' system, no?
Edit2: Oh yeah, WinXP SP2. Installed last week. So much for early adoption.
Edited by Dougger, 09 January 2007 - 12:24 PM.