Invalid Boot Loader

  ejacka 03:51 27 Feb 2007

I have an 80GB HD with 3 partitions 1(2GB),2(20GB),3(58GB). 1 is FAT, 2 is Win XP & 3 has all the files, everything worked fine. I put in a new primary HD & with the old drive as secondary, installed Linux on the primary & wrote a dual-boot loader. Although nothing should have been written to the Windows drive, something went wrong & damaged the MBR. When I try to boot into Windows I get "Error loading operating system". I tried "fixmbr" from Windows Recovery Console but no luck.

I know all the files are intact because I viewed them with Read NTFS, from a floppy. Also Read NTFS is telling me there is an "Invalid boot loader" on partition 1. Would a Repair Install work & if so how can I backup or clone the drive? I want to get the 80GB working as the only drive in the machine.

OS1 - PCLinuxOS
OS2 - Windows XP Pro
Motherboard - Abit AN7
CPU - AMD Athlon XP, 1666 MHz (12.5 x 133) 2000+
BIOS - Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
HD #1 - Maxtor 6B160P0 (160GB)
HD #2 - Western Digital WD800JB-00JJC0 (80GB)
RAM - Crucial 767 MB
Audio - Creative Soundblaster Live!
Video Adapter - nVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400
Monitor - ImageQuest (Hyundai) Q17 (Analog)
PSU - Enermax Liberty 400W

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