View Full Version : I broke Win2000, was trying dual boot

10-29-2000, 03:51 AM
I did a pretty bad boo boo. I setup my laptop with WIn2000 all nice and pretty. Everything was perfect. Then I realized I wanted Win98 also running. So I used Partition Magic 5.01 to resize the partition and create a 800MB space for Win98. All good so far, everything still works. But I couldn't make bootmanager understand that I had another partition. So I then moved my Win98 partition to the start of the drive and the WIn2000 to the end. Everything is still fine. So I boot up in WIn2000 and decide I'd be smart and format the Win98 partition. Woops. NOw I can't boot WIn2000. I've tried everything. I've tried deleting the Win98 parition. I made sure the WIn2000 partition was active, I can boot off the Win2000 CD and go into console mode and see that my drive seems to be ok. I even ran chkdsk /r to repair any problems. Where I am at now: It boots and says Invalid system disk. Using the Win2000 autorepair can't locate my WIn2000 installation but console mode, I can see my drive and look around fine (hard to tell if everything is perfect without really getting in). I can make my Win98 partition boot just fine now, I finally recreated it and installed Win98 and thats running fine. But I can't get into my Win2000 at all. Need help - I've spent about 5 hours trying various gooble de gok to get in. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif I tried reextracting ntldr and ntdetect, but same message. My boot.ini is there. I don't know what NT looks for in booting though.

Please help. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

10-30-2000, 11:02 AM
Welcome fooo! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

i'm not too sure what's happening there, and i'm not too good in troubleshooting either. But i hope my similar experience could help.

i posted question on how to do multiple OS too :

and finally i've done it (multiple OS on my PC) with the help of System Commander 2000.

hope this could help http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

11-14-2000, 06:44 PM
When you formated the "windows98" partion you erased the file system boot sector. Here's some steps you can try to fix it.

First can you access your boot.ini file? If you can make sure that it's updated with the new partition information. Rememeber you moved the "windows2000" partition to the end of your drive. When you did that you changed it from being on partition 1 to being on partition 2. You'll now have to update the Boot.ini file yourself. To do so first remove the read-only attribute and make a backup copy. Then look for a line that looks like this:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\winnt="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional"

Change it to read:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional"

When done you last step will be to run the repair console to "repair the System boot sector or MBR file".

Good Luck!! And don't forget should you have any problems with the new boot.ini file just replace it with your backup.