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Service pack 2 help

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by ceno82, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. ceno82

    ceno82 Member

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    I tried to update the computer to SP2 but it failed like 3 times then the 4th time it went thru with the Download. When the system restart it would hang and then rest. Now I get bootdisk failer and windows can't access the drive. The POST can see the drive but windows can't. I tried to use disk managment (can't see drive) and I tried to repartition the drive with the XP CD but it just says can't access drive. If I try and reinstall from the CD it just tells me that I have to wait for win xp to finish installing to drive B4 I can access the drive. Anyone have any clue as to how I can get this drive working again?
     
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    does the motherboard bios see the drive
     
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    yes the POST sees the drive but when anything that is run by windows tries to access the drive it can't because the SP2 install was never completed nor can it be.
    can't repartition with cd or thru computer managment
    can't reinstall until winxp sp2 install is complete
    can't boot because of bootdisk error

    yeah I'm pretty screwed and have tried most everything I know to get around it.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    is there info on drive you want saved or can you reformat drive. have you tried safemode
     
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    like I said in the 1st post anything that would involve windows will not let me access the drive (reinstall,reformatting, repartitioning ect....). I don't care for saving anything I just want a usable drive.
     
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    what is boot order in bios, change it so floppy boots 1st than use either win98, me or xp bootdisk to fdisk & partition the hd
     
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    well I used the xp cd with cd rom booting 1st and when I go to partition the drive it's listed as inaccessable
     
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    can you use win98/me boot disk to fdisk the hd
     
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    Just a reminder that Fdisk will not touch NTFS partitions! You need Delpart.
    Very frustrating, what has happened to you...
    I have slipstreamed my WinXP installation disk with SP2.
    This is how M*crosoft recommends OS be installed, with the SP2 integrated into the installation CD.
    Go to: http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20040908/index.html
    for information about this simple process.
    Sounds like you are going to need to reinstall anyway, to beat this problem...
    (Once you get new OS running, make sure to immunize IE6 with Spybot S&D right away, before going out on the 'net :)
    Regards
     
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    The_OGS, fdisk works for me, all i have to do is delete non-dos partition & then make a new partition. but each to their own
     

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