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Partition Magic Help - My PC will not boot up

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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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I installed Win XP on a brand new hard drive. Installed partition magic. Made a partition for the OS and Programs, and one for my data.
After installing all my programs I realised I didnt create a parition big enough for them...and so was running out of space. Partition magic would not let me expand the partition...( I want ALL OS and programs on one partition) failing to do that I created another partition and tried to merge the two.

I applied the changes to my hard drive...and now when it starts up, XP wont boot. I just get a black screen with a flashing cursor.

Is it possible the computer is trying to boot up an OS in the wrong location?

Any suggestions?
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
What were the physical positions of the partitions on the hard disc? Ie was the OS/Apps the first partition?

Did PM do the merge in Windows or did it say it would do the operation on the next reboot (some operations boot into a (sort of) DOS mode and run the tasks, mainly when the Windows partition is being adjusted).

If its a new install it might be quickest to simply start again - or you can try to repair the MBR using the recovery tools on the Windows CD.
#2
flag the partition in pm that you want to boot and apply


or start again create 2 primaries install a fresh XP


try gparted next time it's free
#3
jah128
What were the physical positions of the partitions on the hard disc? Ie was the OS/Apps the first partition?

Did PM do the merge in Windows or did it say it would do the operation on the next reboot (some operations boot into a (sort of) DOS mode and run the tasks, mainly when the Windows partition is being adjusted).

If its a new install it might be quickest to simply start again - or you can try to repair the MBR using the recovery tools on the Windows CD.


Hard to describe...goes like this:

C: (OS), G: (My data)

I then created J in this position-

J:, C:, G:
and instructed PM to merge J,C

it said it would do so on the next reboot, which it did...

then upon another restart...just takes me to the black screen.

As it is quite a new installation I definitely will be doing a fresh installation..HOWEVER...there is one or two files that I realllly need which are on the desk top of the C drive.


My next question was going to be, what do you recommend as a partition layout...I was thinking

C: (os), D: (programs)

E: (my data), F: (a clone of my data)

or do you reckon I should stick to putting OS and Programs together....
#4
C drive (os and installed programs)
D drive (data)
E drive (backup of D - but have a separate physical disk, not just a partition)

Sorted.
#5
Did you create the rescue disks as prompted by PM? If you did boot from them and you should be able to restore previous settings.
#6
martinhb
Did you create the rescue disks as prompted by PM? If you did boot from them and you should be able to restore previous settings.


Unfortunately I didn't....!

If anyone has any idea of how I can just access windows to get those few files then I can just do my fresh installation...

To reiterate. All I get is a black screen and a flashing cursor, when windows should be booting up.

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