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Cant Boot from Hard Drive

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I was trying to recover data from another hard drive and was using a Partition Recovery piece of software (Another topic). Well, I ended up removing the partition of my main HD (Seagate 80 Gig EIDE).

No problem, was able to reinstall Win XP on it but was unable to boot from it. Can see the files when hooked up to another CPU but no boot.

I know in the old Dos days I would have to transfer the System to the harddrive but will that help when I have NFTS format? Thanks for the help.
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Hi there, Welcome to the Geeks To Go Forums.

My sugestion would be to do a "Low-Level" Reformat that will delete the MBR and clear the rails - which F-Disk does not do. F-Disk does not overwrite empty space on a drive either. So after a few installs and re-installs you can see what bad shape the data structure on the HD can eventually be.

These are 2 "Free" low level utility's that will make your drive like it just came from Seagate - You will need to format the drive and then add partitions afterwards (which installing XP will do or just use F-Disk)

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