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"Error 1 loading OS. This may be due to a virus."

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All I asked Partition Magic to do was enable a partition on the hard drive & reboot. Now I get this:

Error 1 loading OS. This may be due to a virus.
1. Shutdown.
2. Boot from a floppy.
3. Run ONTRACK Disk Manager
4. Select "Upgrade" from Advanced Options.


Does WinME have a repair utility?

Note: I did use MaxBlast v4 to setup the original HD, and it has a mini DOS console when it normally boots, but even that is now gone. This is on a freshly installed virgin system with updates. The first time this happened I reinstalled everything, wasting an entire day. Now the exact same thing is happening.
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by:blue_zee
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Did it ever work?

Zee
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by:blue_zee
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If it did, why not fdisk, partition, format and reinstall?

Zee
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by:CaptainPickard
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Works fine and I am on my THIRD reinstall!
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by:blue_zee
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I have read somewhere it could be the IDE cable.

And in the end, why don't you skip the process that causes the problems?

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by:blue_zee
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Worth trying is the Western Digitals Lifeguard Tools:

http://support.wdc.com/download/

Try updating the Dynamic Drive Overlay using Tools > Disk Manager.

See if you get there this way.

Zee

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by:nedvis
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Hi, CaptainPickard ,

It may be just your system BIOS antivirus protection which usually prevents programs
( and master boot sector viruses ARE programs as well) to alter master boot record ( MBR)
of your hard-disk.
And you just did that : you've  created/enabled new partition ( hence alterred your partition table )

Just open your system BIOS and DISABEL TEMPORARILY  antivirus protection.
and you're done!

good luck
nedvis
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by:puter_geek
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or boot from floppy's and run fixmbr
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by:CaptainPickard
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Can't boot to/from ANY floppy (yes its enabled), no provision in BIOS to turn off antivirus protection, all HD manufacturer's tool utility CDs attempted. I made the mistake of deleting the DDO in an attempt to see if that was the problem, now you can't get it back even with all the maufacturer's tools....


this is just gonig to have to end badly with (yet another) catastrophic reinstall....


:(
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by:burrcm
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<<enable a partition>> This suggests make it active. Since only one partition can be active, of course it won't boot.

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by:CaptainPickard
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The active partition is the DDO, without the DDO, the legacy BIOS has no way of dealing with a 200GB HD
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by:CaptainPickard
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note to self:  never delete the DDO as it renders a HD completely unusable even with the manufacturer's own software....



christ...this stupid quest for imaging an ME system with a 200GB HD is just kicking me on my way out the door...
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by:burrcm
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Make drive usable again - lay a ghost image on it, from anything, doesn't matter, then start again. Generally works.

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dbrunton earned 500 total points
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To manage a 200 Gb hard disk you probably need an updated IDE driver.

This link might be of interest

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=78592
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I would put a ghost image on it if I had another ME system.
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