reformat HD impossible after uninstall
Posted on 2001-09-10
I recently installed GoBack 3 rollback software trial (Roxio-Adaptec). My system had gotten very instable after installing new CD-burn software trying to stop all those buffer underrun messages. So I thought this might be a sensible thing to do in the trial and error of messing around with this CD.
And in the beginning it did well, but since the memory lasted back only about 3 days it was only practical for immediate crashes.
Anyway, my problem started before installing Goback, so I decided to delete the whole drive with Windows on it and put back a Drive Image imagefile of the whole drive that was on my second hard disk.
(I have a dual-boot system with on the first HD Win98 on partition C: and Win2000 on partition D:.
On the second HD (E:) was the Drive Image imagefile of the whoole system in a good condition)
And that was when trouble started. Booting to DOS the harddisks had disappeared. There was no drive letter C:, D: or E:anymore!!!!
Drive Image saw a small partition (7.8Mb) of an unknown type (type 44) and was unable to deal with it. Since drive D: was unreadable as well, I could not use my imagefile anyway.
With Partition Magic I was able to delete this partition, but it remained there as free space and whatever I tried in Partition Magic and in FDISK, it always came back no matter how often I resized or changed partitions and formatted everything I could format.
And rebooting still displayed this GoBack startup screen, god knows from where. (GoBack had installed a startup screen before windows, so you could do a rollback even if Windows does not boot anymore.)
A clean Windows install stops with a error message. At this time, I got my drive letters back, but I am not capable of getting rid of this small partition and I can't make a fresh install or put my imagefile back.
I have a backup of this imagefile on en external firewire drive. So what needs to be done is first cleaning those two HD's. Then install windows to be able to getv to the firewire drive and copy the image file to drive E:. And then put back the image file from there to C: and D:.
tell me what to do to get my to hard disks clean again from unwanted partitions, Fat's and MBR's.
Since I'm not a partition wizzard, please give exact instructions on deleting, formatting, active partitions, primary or logical drives, extended partitions, free space, FAT's, MBR and the like.
To do the repair I can use FDISK or Partition Magic.