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ibm specific partition

I have a laptop installation of XP whose partition was deleted. I was able to restore the partition but when I boot the OS I just end up with a blinking cursor. If I put this drive in a desktop system it will boot fine (aside from the hardware differences) and I can login and see the OS and files I almost lost. Now I just need to get it booting on the laptop again. I have tried XP recovery: chkdsk /p fixmbr fixboot with no luck. I am currently following a possible lead. This is an IBM laptop and I think during my partition troubles I ended up loosing the ibm specific partition that is needed to boot the OS....I have no idea how but I have to try to get that back, any ideas?
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Claypious
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WatzmanCommented:

First, has the partition that is not booting been made active?

When I've worked on IBM laptops (it's been a while), there was a program downloadable from the IBM website that would recreate the IBM diagnostic partition.
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rindiCommented:
Can you provide us with more details on the model number of the notebook, and the disksize? Possibly also the PCs age?

Thanx.
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zvitamCommented:
if the HDD works fine on another system, then it's probably a hardware or system configuratoin problem.

try to install windows from scratch on another HDD, I am almost sure it will not work.

P.S. Check the your laptop reconize the HDD correctly.
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ClaypiousAuthor Commented:
i checked the configuration and the hard drive is bieng recognized correctly by the laptop and the partition is active. i think the diagnostic partition is the right direction to go I need to go check ibm the web site. this is a T23 thinkpad laptop the hard drive is a 27GB and is model 2647-4MU it think it was made in 2002 and is a PIII 1266.
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ClaypiousAuthor Commented:
this is what I was looking as far as the the ibm specific partition goes. but it turns out to be a problem beyond even that because i still get the same problem after this diag partition is installed. i can't be down for any longer resorting to a clean install
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ClaypiousAuthor Commented:
thanks!
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rindiCommented:
Thanks too.
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