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08 January 2007 @ 05:11 pm

So I'm back on my computer.  There are LOTS of programs that need to be reinstalled, and I need to figure out what the heck I did to make Jen's computer stop booting, but I'm back online!

The process of getting here involved two different installations of WinXP.  The first was fine until it wasn't, and fixing it was problematic but seems to have worked out.

But this one has a bigger and stranger problem.

One of my drives (the new one, as a matter of fact) has a partition on it.  300GB or so.  This partition has about 30GB of irreplacable information on it.  What it does not have is a drive letter.  I can find no way of accessing the information on it whatsoever.  I could delete the partition and make a new one and everything would work fine...but I'd no longer have that 30GB of information.  Windows can see the drive, it can see the partition.  It just can't access it.  Neither, by the way, can Norton Disk Doctor.

Anybody have any ideas on how to resolve this one?

Nentikobe - a work in progress: no computer for you!nentikobe on January 9th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
My computer god of a husband wishes to know what format Windows thinks the partition is in: FAT32, NTFS, etc.

It's possible that the header block of the partition of the FAT table may have been corrupted and might need to be replaced somehow.

(typed by me.)
Nentikobe - a work in progress: stealthnentikobe on January 9th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Ain't I sneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaky. ;)
Idtechnomonkey on January 9th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Partition Magic seems to think it's "type 44." It used to be NTFS, but it doesn't seem to be anymore..... =(
Nentikobe - a work in progressnentikobe on January 9th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: Huh.
I bcc'd an email to my parents to you as well- I apparently only have the a__p address, so if you didn't get it, let me know so I can send Dad the other email address.

Hope everything works out!
Fred 2.0lqc on January 9th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
Re: Huh.
Check it out, Type 44 seems to have something to do with GoBack, did we happen to have that installed before the downfall?

Idtechnomonkey on January 9th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
We did.
Matter of fact, it was an ugly ugly thing to get rid of. C drive crashed and didn't want to come back no matter what I did (including restoring using GoBack), so I formatted and started the reinstallation process. Except GoBack was in two locations: the BIOS and on C. So after I formatted C, GoBack started to run but crashed no matter what I did. In order to get rid of it so I could boot to C and get the system installed, I had to unplug the power cord and remove the BIOS backup battery.

Huh. GoBack doesn't seem to want to install in this iteration of Windows. Not entirely sure why. Got the rest of Norton Systemworks up and running. This could be a bit of an issue.... =( I guess the next question would be: does anybody know how to convert a GoBack drive to NTSC without the use of GoBack?
Fred 2.0lqc on January 9th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Re: We did.
Dig around on google there were some ideas that involved either using a partition editor to manual edit the place where the drive type was stored, bascially changing that 44 to an 07 for NTFS instead and/or using fdisk/mbr to fix the master boot record. I didn't read them in very much depth but it definitely seemed like there were folks who had done this before.
Idtechnomonkey on January 9th, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
Got it! That was the exact solution - change the header from 44 to 07, and reboot so Windows would assign a drive letter. Running a scandisk just in case, but I think that did it!