System disk lost drive letter
Posted on 2005-05-01
I have a computer running winXP with an 80Gb SATA hard drive. Windows no longer boots, I get the screen that lets you choose 'last known good configuration' , 'safe mode' etc, but none of them boot into windows. It shows the splash screen but only goes so far before rebooting.
I have looked at the hard drive with another computer, and it seems that all the data is still OK.
I have run the setup disk and tried doing a repair installation (I think microsoft call it an in place upgrade), but when I get to the screen that lets me select the installation to repair, it shows the partition OK, but has no drive letter associated with it. It won't let me select this partition for a repair so it seems the only way out is a brand new installation.
Can anyone suggest a way to recover things without loosing my current installation?