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Previous Copy of XP not recognized by new copy

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Hi Everyone,

Here's what happened.

About 2 months ago I loaded a fresh copy of XP onto my second harddrive. So I had an original copy on the C drive, and a new copy on E.

I was using the E copy and everything was great.

I decided I no longer needed the C copy anymore. So I deleted it and formatted it using the harddrive's format utility through DOS (this was probably a bad idea).

I then tried to load my computer, and I got "Cannot Find OS"

I realized looking at the BIOS that it was trying to start the PC off of C. The BIOS refuses to let me choose E drive as the startup instead of C, so I thought I'd just load a basic copy of Windows onto C again that I'd keep near as clean as possible so that I'd always have a backup.

I loaded XP onto C, and it loads just fine. The problem is that it won't give me the option to load windows from E anymore.

When I load from the XP Disk, it gives me the option to choose E to repair, but fixboot and bootcfg cannot find E:\Windows as an OS option.

I tried to repair by reinstall, but it won't find E:\Windows either.

How do I get my E:\Windows back? I really don't want to have to transfer everything back over to C:\Windows.

I can only see the boot.ini for C:\windows which doesn't have anything for the E: copy.

Please Help!


Edited by DBacon, 17 March 2008 - 10:09 AM.

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