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    Boot problem after partition re-arrangement (WinXP)

    On a PC I had three partitions originally all booting into WinXP separately (I used them for different puposes). Have been doing some re-arrangements (using a.o. Partition Magic), created new partitions, then deleted some, shifted, re-sized.

    I ended up with two partitions, one was originally created as C: the other (due to earlier efforts) was called H:.

    I created a new one, which became G: (question, I guess that "G:" is fixed right? It's probably too dangerous to re-assign a drive letter to the disk on which Windows is installed?)

    After I rebooted to my original C: (in the other Windows), the drive letters were mixed-up and I ran into problems (C: wasn't C: anymore but pointed to the disk that is called G: in the other boot above). Still with me? <img src=/S/blackteeth.gif border=0 alt=blackteeth width=20 height=20>
    I booted in safe mode, went into the registry and fixed the disk assignment. After reboot, all works fine!!

    Now my problem is that the third (old) partition that was called H: doesn't boot anymore... The partition is OK (I checked from another Windows boot with chkdsk); both in safe-mode and normal mode, startup works initially, I end up however on the Welcome-screen (just before the user screen where the passwords should be entered to log-on).
    This proves to me that YES, the partition is bootable but probably (???) in the registry the location where Windows looks for info (the volume-info?) is now messed up. Since I cannot get there in Safe-mode too, I'm clueless on how to troubleshoot this. Will try some recovery tools later but hope someone has the golden tip (and again, YES, I can approach the partition from one of the two other Windows partitions in which booting works OK, so maybe/probable I'll have to operate from there).

    Sorry, this is complex, hope I explained well enough and hope someone has a clue what happened...

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    Re: Boot problem after partition re-arrangement (WinXP)

    What does your boot.ini file look like after all this rearranging and changing?
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    Re: Boot problem after partition re-arrangement (WinXP)

    Boot.ini looks good actually. I have three partitions now and I am presented with a boot-menu. All choices I make seem to work (well OK, two work completely and the thirst brings me to a booting Windows and no further as described- which is probably the right partition as the resolution has already switched to 1280x1024 at this Welcome-screen [which is something that doesn't happen for the other two boots])

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    Re: Boot problem after partition re-arrangement (WinXP)

    Once you booted to the Welcome Screen can you use ctrl-alt-del to login?

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    Re: Boot problem after partition re-arrangement (WinXP)

    Nope, tried that. I do have the feeling the system is not hanging however (I noticed that e.g. my keyboard caps-lock lights still work, also when I insert a CD, I see brief HD activity)

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