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    Default Computer problem: Windows in wrong partition

    Today just came back home from camp to find my comp saying there's error in running the OS. So I did a reinstallation of Windows XP, only to find it looking like a fresh computer, but luckily my data are still there, but can't be accessed.

    How do I switch partitions?

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    Anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    Today just came back home from camp to find my comp saying there's error in running the OS. So I did a reinstallation of Windows XP, only to find it looking like a fresh computer, but luckily my data are still there, but can't be accessed.

    How do I switch partitions?
    Hm.. you should be able to access unless the partition in XP unless its some other file system that's not recognized by XP.

    And how would you know that your data is still there when you mentioned that the partition cannot be accessed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoh View Post
    Hm.. you should be able to access unless the partition in XP unless its some other file system that's not recognized by XP.

    And how would you know that your data is still there when you mentioned that the partition cannot be accessed?
    The memory is still there in my hdd, but can't open it. Searching for a particular prog doesn't work

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    The memory is still there in my hdd, but can't open it. Searching for a particular prog doesn't work
    Perhaps a screenshot or 2 to better illustrate it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoh View Post
    Perhaps a screenshot or 2 to better illustrate it?
    Now my computer is like a 100% new computer with no programs.

    Inside folders like "Program files", "Windows", etc are all like a newly installed Win XP, but the memory space inside the main disk is still there.

    I tried to search for the files, but they don't appear.

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    Default Re: Computer problem: Windows in wrong partition

    you have to reinstall all your programme again, you can't access a programme located in another partition installed under previous windows, since the previous windows is gone, so are the programme files associated with the previous windows. in other words, your programme are incomplete now.
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    Yah more details are required in order to give you a solution; right now I can't really tell what the problem is

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    Yah more details are required in order to give you a solution; right now I can't really tell what the problem is
    What info do you need?

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    Details of your partitions, drives, physical disks; which is teh boot partition etc and what was the config before the crash, and the new config now.

    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    What info do you need?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    Details of your partitions, drives, physical disks; which is teh boot partition etc and what was the config before the crash, and the new config now.
    so, you didn't learn telepathy before?
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    Hahaha nope, my training teaches me to only rely on the written word

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    so, you didn't learn telepathy before?

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    Default Re: Computer problem: Windows in wrong partition

    Few years ago I had partitioned my drive into 2 partitions for reasons which I forgotten.

    Was in camp for past few days, the last time I used it's perfectly fine.
    Then when I switched on my comp, error came up that the OS cannot be loaded (forgot the actual wording). So put in Windows disk, reboot, reinstall from there, asked me which partition I wanted to install in (only have 1 choice, even thou I got 2 partitions). Chose NOT to format... installed, and tada, everything unaccessible.

    Any way to switch the running partitions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    Hahaha nope, my training teaches me to only rely on the written word
    knowing telepathy is needed here, and many other forums too..
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    If it was C, D and you reinstalled back to C; why is ur data inaccessible? Can see? Or cannot see? Or can see but click then inaccessible?

    Screenshot of the error please. And why are you contempating "swtiching partitions" whatever that means? Is yoru bootstrap loader on C but windows installed on D? OR?

    So many detials lackign i really cannot help you liao.

    I don't have telepathy leh.

    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    Few years ago I had partitioned my drive into 2 partitions for reasons which I forgotten.

    Was in camp for past few days, the last time I used it's perfectly fine.
    Then when I switched on my comp, error came up that the OS cannot be loaded (forgot the actual wording). So put in Windows disk, reboot, reinstall from there, asked me which partition I wanted to install in (only have 1 choice, even thou I got 2 partitions). Chose NOT to format... installed, and tada, everything unaccessible.

    Any way to switch the running partitions?

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    Default Re: Computer problem: Windows in wrong partition

    My C is main drive. Used to have a E, my backup drive, D is my DVD drive.

    I didn't screenshot, at that time there's no OS in my comp (for some reason). New windows was installed in the same disk C. Then, I can't access all my old files and programs. So my comp now is essentially a brand new comp with no programs and data. But the old memory in the C is still there.

    So I figured out the Windows must had been installed in the wrong partition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    My C is main drive. Used to have a E, my backup drive, D is my DVD drive.

    I didn't screenshot, at that time there's no OS in my comp (for some reason). New windows was installed in the same disk C. Then, I can't access all my old files and programs. So my comp now is essentially a brand new comp with no programs and data. But the old memory in the C is still there.

    So I figured out the Windows must had been installed in the wrong partition.
    Assuming that no format has been done to your C:, the file system should be FAT32 or NTFS, which XP uses. And the content within it should be visible (accessible) when you access directly to C: via Windows Explorer.

    Perhaps you can just do a screenshot of your C: or whatever location you've previously saved your old data at for clear illustration. Its hard to figure out what problem you have based on the description provided.
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    Default Re: Computer problem: Windows in wrong partition

    Right click on My Computer --> manage --> disk management

    Print screen and show here


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    If you reinstalled a fresh XP (not repair install that is), it means all your programs need to reinstall. Just reinstall them lor. Even though they reside in your hard disk, they need to be reinstlaeld to populate teh registry.


    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    My C is main drive. Used to have a E, my backup drive, D is my DVD drive.

    I didn't screenshot, at that time there's no OS in my comp (for some reason). New windows was installed in the same disk C. Then, I can't access all my old files and programs. So my comp now is essentially a brand new comp with no programs and data. But the old memory in the C is still there.

    So I figured out the Windows must had been installed in the wrong partition.

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