Can someone please help. I have an 80Gb hard drive and windowsXP pro. installed on it. I tried to partition it using partition magic but i have messed up bad. Now my PC wont boot up . i have used a win98 Startup disk and formatted the drive and reinstalled XP but when i try to reboot i have to use the startup floppy and go through the installation process again. The Drive that Windows is installed on was 'C' but its now 'J'. can anyone help . regards
If it was me I would boot from the XP disk and start the installation again. Because the partitions are in NTFS format. The XP setup will give you the option of deleting the partitions.
Set the computer to boot from cdrom and pop the XP disk in the cdrom. Start the computer up.
This is a screen shot of 2000, but they are both the same.click here
On the first screen, shown above, press enter to start the XP installation. Then on the 3rd. screen shot, pick the option to delete the partition. Now you should have at least 3 partitions showing, so delete the lot. You will have to do this one at a time. When you have deleted them all you will get an option to use the un-partitioned space.
Now you have the option either to use the full 80gig disk or partition the disk now. If you want to use the full disk with no partitions the select the highlighted amount. If you wish to have the drive segmented then pick the size you wish the C drive to be. I would suggest 10gig minimum and 20 gig maximum. It does not matter about the extended partition ( D plus drives ) as these can be created in windows later.
Pick the C drive to have your copy of XP installed on. The rest of the installation should be easy.
If you decide to partition the hard drive into smaller units then let us know when windows is loaded so we can tell you the easy way to create the new partitions.