boot problems with win xp

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I can’t boot anymore from my HD. After completing the POST I see a blank screen and a blinking cursor ("-") however, I can boot from floppy and then win xp starts normally.

I have tried recovery console (bootcfg /rebuild, fixboot and fixmbr (for this, I have been prompted that if I am able to see and access my drive not to use it (which I didn't).

What should I do next?
My HD is a WD 1TB with 30GB drive c: and the rest drive D. I repeat, once I boot from floppy, all works fine.
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Get into Windows, go to Start > Run > type 'msconfig'

Go to the BOOT.INI tab and 'check all paths.'  See if it returns any errors.


Hi PenguinN,
Have done that, it didn't work for me. I have gone all the way to the end, no result. I have to mention though that right now I am able to start my system with a bootable floppy, exactly as they say in this article, solution #1. I've copied the three files (Boot.ini,  NTLDR and into my bootable c: drive, overwriting the existing ones, same result. This way PC starts, but I want to be able to boot again from C:

Hi josika,
I have done that, no errors, however, this was done after booting from floppy so I guess the boot.ini file checked is one from the floppy. How can I check one from HD?
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Try this method to do a system restore :
An easier way is to boot from a Bart PE CD (or UBCD4Win CD) and use the file manager for manipulating files. Here  the procedure :
1. rename c:\windows\system32\config\SYSTEM to c:\windows\system32\config\SYSTEM.bak
2. Navigate to the System Volume Information folder.
it contains some restore {GUID} folders such as "_restore{87BD3667-3246-476B-923F-F86E30B3E7F8}".
The restore points are in  folders starting with "RPx under this folder.
3. In such a folder, locate a Snapshot subfolder. This is an example of a folder path to the Snapshot folder:  C:\System Volume Information\_restore{D86480E3-73EF-47BC-A0EB-A81BE6EE3ED8}\RP1\Snapshot
4. From the Snapshot folder, copy the following file to the c:\windows\system32\config folder
6. Exit Bart PE, reboot and test

Use a fairly recent restore point from at least a day or two prior to problem occurring .

** you can add the other hives also with this procedure       BARTPE            UBCD4WIN


here is the situation:
I have two identical drives 1TB each (they were in RAID 1 array that i broke). I took one and tired to get it to boot. Each has a c: partition 30gb and D: 960gb. What I did was to move all programs in e:\program files using a utility that has changed registry entries as well (it seems the move was successful, they all seem to work) in order to leave C: for OS only. However, the move was not 100% clean for there still are DLLs and some files left in directories in C:\program files folder. I did this for to reasons; to be able to try everything to get the hd to boot and, If I have to, to re-install OS on C:. Well, repairing from the recovery console didn't work so I ended up having to reformat C: and install OS. Now I can boot from it but there still are DLLs from programs that have been wiped out. So I will revert back to RAID 1, get the drive that I have fooled around with back the way it was and try again to get it to boot without having to re-install windows that in my case seems to be a pain to get all programs back.
After i do this, I will try nobus' suggestion above and post the results.
Thanks for hanging on with me.
kindly check the power and sata connector for your hard drive replace with new one hope that it works for you

Osama Mansoor


I have used Microsoft ( system restore suggested by you.
It worked for me, I am back in business.
thanks for your help.
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