Windows XP boot problems after Linux partition deletion
Posted on 2006-10-23
My problem is this - I have a dual-boot machine, one partition with Windows XP, and one with Fedora Core 4. I decided to delete the partition with FC4 using Norton Partition Magic, to make room for FC5. Seems this was a 'school boy error', as upon rebooting, the regular OS selection menu no longer appears, but simply lands me at a command line for GRUB. I didn't understand what I could do using that to get back into Windows, so I restarted with the Windows XP CD in my drive, booted from the CD drive, and went into the recovery console. After looking at the available options, I tried bootcfg /scan, to find existing Windows installations I could add to the boot sequence, but it said "Error: Failed to successfully scan disks for Windows installations. This error may be caused by a corrupt file system". It suggested to use chkdsk, which I did, which reported an error on the disk (though it did not mention if it had fixed it). I tried bootcfg /scan again, but with the same result. Then I tried fixboot. It said the bootsector was corrupt, but that it had successfully written a new bootsector. I restarted - the problem was not fixed - so I went back into the recovery console. Now, when I loaded the recovery console, it seemed to detect my Windows installation, and asked me if I wanted to logon to it. I said yes, but this still leaves you at the recovery console prompt (but this time at C:\Windows). I'm kind of stuck for what to do now to reinstate the proper boot sequence to get into Windows. I tried bootcfg /rebuild and bootcfg /add, and it still gives me an error about a corrupt file system, even though the recovery console has successfully detected my existing windows installation.
Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks in advance!