Win 2000 Pro wont boot at all. Help Please!.....
Posted on 2004-11-29
Hi all, I hope someone can give me a helping hand here please :-)
I needed some more disc space on my PC tonight, so I thought I'd create a new partition from unused disk space and name it as a folder. As I have a huge number of programs on the computer I thought I would call the new volume Program Files1. Then I would copy all the files from the folder Program Files to the new volume, rename the old Program Files say as Program Files3, then name my new volume (mounted as a folder) to Program Files. (Running NTFS)
I copied all the files O.K. but the system wouldn't let me rename Program Files folder to any other name, even though I am Administrator of my own P.C. It kept saying the folder might be in use or that I didn't have the privilidges neccessary. So I tried another few times, ensuring that I had Full control in the Security section of the Program Files Folder Properties, but still no go. So I gave up and deleted all the files from my new volume. I then emptied my recycle bin and Norton protected Recycle bin.
Then I decided to reboot to allow things to sort themselves out, and up until this moment the pc was functioning fine.
Then when I went to reboot, I do not even get an "unable to find Ntldr" I get nothing at all, just a prompt on the monitor saying to press any key to reboot. It is an ASUS mother board.
I removed the drive and put it into another computer also running Win 2K and it added the disk O.K. and I am able to look at the entire drive o.k. All the boot files. such as Ntldr, Boot.ini, Ntdetect.com, Ntoskrnl.exe etc all seem to be in their right places.
I also tried using the Win2K disc to access the basic recovery console and tried Fixmbr and it gave me a message saying the disk configuration was odd and do I wish to go ahead which I said yes and still no go on boot. So I trried the Recovery Console again and tried Fixboot but still no joy.
It's a home pc and of course I do not have a backup, and it has nearly all of my photos (about 8 GBs) for the last few years on it, and I hope I wont need to reformat and reinstall Windows.
Any help and I'll not only offer points but buy who ever helps a beer should we ever meet . :-)