My PC won’t start XP and continually reboots. Can you help?

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While shutting down, the PC was switched off. Now the PC will not start Windows XP Pro and continually reboots. Any attempt to use Safe Mode, the Last Known Good Configuration, etc. just reboots also. I have tried to repair the copy of Windows XP by using the Installation CD repair method, but it does not recognize that the C: drive has any data and quotes the free space as the drive size. Can this be recovered without re-formatting the C: drive and a complete re-install?? Many Thanks
ASKED: February 21, 2008  4:21 PM
UPDATED: February 22, 2008  2:45 PM

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you might be able to recover the data by putting a second drive in as the master and installing XP to it. then add the original drive as the slave and pulling the data off of it.

Can you get to the boot menu at all? (where it allows you to choose safe mode, etc.). If you can then try the Enable Boot Logging feature. This will create a log file and help you point to what is causing the error. You would have to hook it up as a secondary drive on another machine to get to the boot log file.

There is also a Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure option you can try. That will stop the reboot and just hang when it locks up. Then possibly you can see where it is locking up at.

let us know if that works.

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  • Pressler2904
    Buddyfarr's initial response (regarding what's commonly called a parallel install of an OS) is correct. You might also be able to recover data from the subject drive by booting into a PXE environment such as BartPE, the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (BartPE based) or ERD Commander, enabling network support (if on a network) and copying to a network share. Have you attempted to boot into the XP Recovery Console? if you can, attempt to repair the MBR and/or Boot Sector. It sounds as if one of them is corrupt, or possibly that the partition table is damaged. It sounds from you initial posting like the system does not recognize any data on the HDD at all (it shows all space available during setup...)
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  • Amber1989
    Use a Windows startup disk One of the first things to deal with windows won't start you should reach for when trouble shooting a Windows XP boot problem is a Windows startup disk. This floppydisk can come in handy if the problem is being caused when either the start up record for the active partition or the files that the operating system uses tostart Windows have become corrupted. To create a Windows start up disk, insert a floppy disk intothe drive of a similarly configured, working Windows XP system, launch MyComputer, right-click the floppy disk icon, and select the Format command fromthe context menu. When you see the Format dialog box, leave all the defaultsettings as they are and click the Start button. Once the format operation is complete, close the Format dialog box to return to My Computer, double-clickthe drive C icon to access the root directory, and copy the following three files to the floppy disk: * BOOTMGR is missing * NTLDR * Ntdetect.com After you create the Windows startup disk, insert it intothe floppy drive on the afflicted system and press [Ctrl][Alt][Delete] to reboot the computer. When you boot from the Windows startup disk, the computerwill bypass the active partition and boot files on the hard disk and attempt tostart Windows XP normally.
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  • JohnKennedy
    Which Version of Xp Are you using to repair/format?Which Version did you install? After several attempts with no success I think it would be wise to relax, remove the hard disk and feel the temperature of harddisk. Suppose the temperature is high you need to place the hard disk in a safe place to cool itself...Then try again. Even if you format it U can still recover your lost data. If Win Xp cannot then try other Windows and try to format it
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  • JohnKennedy
    It is also important to make sure that that C:\ is the 1st Boot  and try restart it.;maybe Drive Booting Order has been altered.Again if you have two hard disk connected on the same Pc then set the Disk ,that contains win to be master and the other one as slave(Remove the harddisk you see the jumpers to change this). Some Pc has reserved connection Bus for connecting to Harddisk; check inside the motherboard and use the correct label connecting port for hard disk....
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  • JohnKennedy
    Check the Boot Order ; C:\ should be the 1st. if there are two hard disk then make sure in the mother board you have used the correct conneting port/bus.Some Pc have reserved Buses for Connecting to Harddisk;check the motherboard and make sure you have used the right ones. You also check the jumpers of the hard disk by removing the hard disk and checking and use the correct one.The one with Win should be set to be Master and the other to be Slave. Cable select can use for CD drive. There is A guide on how to go about this.
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