I just recently built my own PC and when it came to installing XP I decided to create two partitions, one for normal use - 210gb and one for gaming 40gb.
However, unfortunately i created the gaming one as C: and my main partition as E - as of yet I hadn't got round to installing XP on C:.
Today I was trying to patch a program (don't ask) and the patch needed the directory to be in C: so I wanted to swap the name of the partitions. Couldn't figure how to do it so I got hold of partition magic and decided the best thing to do would be to merge E: into C: and then create a new E partition later. Right? Ahem.....
So now I find myself at the wrong end of the boot command manager asking me to choose between two 'default' partitions - so do I take the red pill or the blue pill?
Well the red pill gives me -
I/O Error accessing boot sector file
Which I presume is my C: drive that never had anything on it...
and the blue pill gives me - <Windows root>\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt.
Which I think is my main E: drive.
So, If I boot from my XP cd it says 'setup is inspecting your hardware configuration'
And then it doesn't say anything.... ever
So my questions are - considering I can't boot from XP cd or even get into its Setup do you think I can repair windows?
Or if not how do I reformat my HDD from BIOS or DOS?
Cheers for any suggestion,