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How to repair the boot loader??

Posted on 2004-04-26
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hi all,
I format my windows drive, and recover the system again using norton ghost 2003. however, after ghosting, i can not load the windows 2k. anyone can help me how to solve this. i dun want to reinstall the system again.........
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phiton
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ok.. i would state it much clearer here.
actually there are two harddisk in my computer.both harddisk installed win2k system.
i have no problem to boot from one if them. however, i can not boot from another one. in cmos, there is an option ask me selected which harddisk u want to boot. i can switch it bettwen the two harddisk. With both harddisk enable, i only can boot in one , named harddisk 1.
the question here is how can i boot to harddisk 2......
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as i said i can boot from harddisk 1... in cmos, if i disable harddisk 1 and with harddisk 2 enable only. it says  boot failure. missing system and restart... in this case, i even can not boot from cd rom using win2k installation cd..
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With both disks available from the BIOS, how are you selecting which copy of W2K to start?  Did you put the copy of W2K on HDD2 from a Ghost image of HDD1 or HDD2?

(I suspect the reason you cannot boot from CD with only HDD2 available is that your BIOS disables the primary IDE channel in order to boot from HDD2 and your CDROM is on the disabled channel.)

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yes.. your guess is correct. it can not boot from cdrom is because cdrom disabled.

with both HDD avaiable, BIOS allows me to selected which IDE HDD boot first, IDE1 connect to HDD1. IDE2 connect to HDD2.
In the past, I use this setting to boot from different HDD. but now I can not.I only can boot into IDE1, and can not boot from IDE2.if i disable IDE1 with only IDE2 available, it will say boot failure, system missing....

I guess the problem may be the master boot record, but I dunknow how to correct it.
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OK, here's something to try:-

Physically disconnect HDD1 and connect HDD2 in its place;

Set your BIOS to boot first from the CDROM;

Run Recovery Console from the W2K setup disk;

FIXMBR

See if that allows you to boot normally.

If that all works, reconnect the drives as they were and make sure it still works.  If it doesn't, leave HDD2 connected to the primary IDE channel and refer to my answer in the above referenced thread on 03/25/2004 at 04:54PM GMT.

Good luck.

JohnT
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