I'm working with a 120GB Hard drive, devided in to 2 partitions, both NTFS, one for system (windows, program files ect.) and one for files (mp3's, videos, documents..)
3 hours ago i wanted to reblast my pc, it was working kind of slow and had too much stuff installed on it.. and it was time for a fresh start. i moved everything immportant to the second partition and rebooted from the windowsXP cdrom. i install the OS on partition one!
everything went great. windows was up and running in no time, and i even started installing my usual software on it.
while i was doing that, i went to my 2nd partition to see all the data is still intact, and it was. but wierd enough, there was an ntldr file there.
"ntldr?? why?? this is not the master partition? "
i thought to myself
"must be the remains from the old OS, better delete it"
and i deleted it!
of course when i rebooted windows didnt find the ntldr and wouldnt load.
ok, i thought, lets just go in the windows CDrom and use FixMBR,
did it, didnt work, so i tried, fixboot C:.
but not only did it not work!!
it made the D: drive (the 2nd partition where all my VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS are INACCASABLE!
i just hooked up an old 40g hard drive just to see if i can access the other hard drive, and i sure can access the first partition, but when i try to access the 2nd one, i get the old "the disk is not formatted, would you like to format now?" massage.
please help, i am about to kill myself soon if i don't get an answer. I'm sure the data is still there. its just a matter of restoring the boot record or something.
Ok. Did you try to mount the drive?
Is the version of XP you're running on now (I assume the 40GB drive) the same as where you issued the fixboot command?
Is the 120GB drive connected to a (RAID/SCSI) controller or to the onboard controller? Did you do any major system updates (like a new mobo) since you retired the 40GB drive?
Are you now able to read from the system partition on the 120GB drive and not the data partition or neither?
If this all is ok the only solution I see is Norton Disk Doctor or Partition Magic.