Win2k won't boot after format.
My home PC has two drives. Originally I had Win2k on C and data on D. An nVidia driver update mangled windows, so I installed Win2k on D. On startup it showed both installs and defaulted to the good one on D. Since I was only using the install on D, I went ahead and reformatted C. Now it won't boot. On startup it stops with a "NTLDR is missing" error. I've tried changing the drive boot order in the BIOS; neither drive is bootable. I don't have a recovery disk. Do I need to reinstall Win2k on C, or is there a way to make one drive bootable?
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You'll need to use the recovery console that you can access when you book from the windows cd. I believe the command 'fixboot' should sort you out, or one of its brethren. Have a look at:
Oh, that link's to WinXP but if memory serves me it's just the same on Win2K.
The boot loader (& boot.ini info for both 2k installs) was on C because it was the original boot drive, which has now been blown away. I don't know if you can rebuild the boot loader/boot.ini, but frankly it's probably just easier to re-install it the _right_way_ on C:
It sounds as though you have deleted the Master Boot Record on C and need to rebuild it. The tool mentioned may well do that.
Doh! I see you tried that already. Sorry. Afternoon sleepiness... zzzz.
The most common cause for a broken system after a reformat of secondary partitions is due to this:
your situation sounds like what i described, but reversed.. anyway i am not sure if you are running fat32 at all, so the problem may not apply
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