No bootup with W2k – after “Verifying DMI pool data”

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I had a working Win 2k OS running smoothly on Drive C, with a small D partition. I tried Norton 2004 Ghost and backed up Drive D to a CD. Ghost created a bootable CD with the proper backup file to restore D. I booted with the CD and restored Drive D as a test run, and selected the RESET option when the restoration was done. NOW i can't boot up my machine. It does not give me the option of using the F8 key. In fact: "Verifying DMI pool data" comes up and then it freezes. I can, and did, run Windows Setup from the Win 2k CD and did a Restore (Quick and Manual), without success. I do not have a Emergency Repair disk. I also did an "in-place" upgrade, but the same result! Just as Win tries to restart, the system hangs. HELP! Pieter

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If the computer stop at “verifying DMI pool data” mean hard drive is not responding for the call from BIOS. I would like to advise you to go to BIOS setup and to make sure that your hard drive is shown there and to restart with a boot disk ( you can make with any windows running computer at control pannel-add remove programs)Run fdisk and remove your partition. Now restart the computer with win2K cd in
Good Luck.

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  • KunaPon
    If the computer stop at "verifying DMI pool data" mean hard drive is not responding for the call from BIOS. I would like to advise you to go to BIOS setup and to make sure that your hard drive is shown there and to restart with a boot disk ( you can make with any windows running computer at control pannel-add remove programs)Run fdisk and remove your partition. Now restart the computer with win2K cd in Good Luck.
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  • Mraslan
    try to boot from the CD and choose manual repair throught the recovery console, from their use the following commands fixmbr fixboot try them and tell us what happened
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  • Dclacy
    This is going to sound a little crazy, but tis the season! Most of the time when Hard Drives do not respond, as indicated in previous replies, it is due to Hard Disk not spinning up. The hard Disk not spinning up faults out onboard HDD controller which can cause (depending on IDE device jumper settings and Mainboard BIOS) all other devices chained on IDE controller to also fail. When you power up PC do you hear the Hard Drive spin up? Now for the crazy part.... Hard Disks often "stick" due to bearings seizing up and can often be temporarily rectified with a good swift thump (belting and head butting case are also acceptable methods). No this is not a joke and yes common sense should be used.... dropping from roof of building for example not recommended. If disk successfully spins back up congrats, if not... well at least a little frustration was expelled.
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  • BlacKnight
    I can verify that what dclacy states here is often correct. In fact I recently had a drive for my laptop that had crucial data on it which would not spin up but I couldn't get the spindle to pop loose. Sadly, I had to void the warranty by opening the drive (in as sterile environment as possible) and manually moved the needle back into the 'park' position off of the spindles. I put it back together and away it went! Of course, at the point you have to go this far, it is really only for the purpose of a last ditch effort toward data recovery. I instantly copied all my data to another drive over the network and do not plan to use the drive further... Proceed with caution when it comes to these extremes and Good luck!
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  • Krooxp
    Since the boot loader was in drive c, there is nothing much you can do. The thing you should try is to restorer drive c first. Then put back D. After that, use power quest partition magic tochange the active partition from c to d. After the computer has booted you can then either merge the partitions or delete the former c. A few weeks ago i also had a near same prob. I wastrying to clone an ibm running w2k to a compaq comp. Thanks
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