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You didn't read my updated instructions. That is supposed to be cd \, note the space between CD and \.
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Oh, ok, I didnt realize that, I will try again.

Edited by DrLucky, 30 December 2007 - 06:40 PM.

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Ok, I followed the instructions exactly and everything seemed to work fine until I rebooted. Now it brings me to a blue screen of death. If the information given there can be useful, I will post it, but if not, is there anything else I can try before a complete reinstall?
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Sounds to me like this would be a good time to save your data and do a Clean Install .

Since you can't boot, the only way you can save your data is to mount the drive in another computer and copy off what you want, or buy a new hard drive, disconnect the current one, install the new one and load XP on the new one. Then connect the old one as Slave, copy your data then format it and use as a data/backup drive.
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Ok, I think thats what I'll do then.

I tried mounting it as a slave drive, I have the jumpers set right, and the bios set to boot from an other hard drive, but it still wants to boot from the infected one. What can I do?

Should I do a temporary install where it doesnt delete my files and then back up the stuff I need. Then reformat the drive and do a clean install?
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Disconnect the original drive completely, both IDE cable and power connector.

Install XP on the new drive.

Apply all Windows Updates (about 90 now so will take awhile).

Shutdown and connect the old drive as Slave, make sure the new one is Master.

Boot will take you to the new XP install since that's all boot.ini knows about.

Copy your data from the old to the new.

Format the old and use it for data or backup.
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I just attempted this but it still wants to boot to the corrupt windows drive.

I think I will use an alternate back up method the format the drive and do a clean install.

Thanks for all your help!

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If it's still trying to boot to the drive that is no longer connected, then you must have set something in BIOS to cause it to do this though I can't figure out what it could be.

Let me run this by one more time, with a few enhancements:

1. Physically disconnect the IDE cable and power plug from the old drive
2. Jumper the new drive as Master (or Single) and hook it to the connector the old drive was connected to, should be the last one (fartherest from the mother board).
3. Enter BIOS Setup and load defaults.
4. Check BIOS Setup and make sure the CD is the first boot device.
5. Boot XP CD, format and install XP.
6. Shutdown.
7. Connect the old drive as a Slave (make the new one Master if it was jumpered for Single) and hook it to the 2nd IDE connector (the one closest to the mother board).
8. Boot.


XP should boot normally from the new drive. Copy data from old drive to new drive, format old and use as desired.
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Ok, it works now, not sure what the issue was. Thaks for all the help!

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Good! Thanbks for posting back, and Happy New Year.
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