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Deleted hidden partition now Li 1705 wont boot

Postby nickb » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:41 am

Help!
My own fault - this Vista laptop was running out of space and I saw that the only formatted partition was 50GB but the disk was 80GB.

So I used Acronis to attempt to delete the hidden partition (about 2gb) and merge then all the spare space into the C: drive.

There was an error during the Acronis DOS process and it failed - now the laptop won't boot from the disk. Just after the BIOS screen I see a single flashing cursor top l/hand corner and that is it.

Examining the disk using another laptop and USB connector it says there is one PRI,Act partition on the disk - but its 74+gb in size and the partition is full (?).
I tried using the rescue disks but can't get past the repair section where it wants me to find the hard disk driver on the CDs and load it. I have gone thru the rescue disks trying to find such a driver with no luck.
Any ideas anyone out there? I have spare disks etc but would very much not like to lose the data on the original drive.
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Re: Deleted hidden partition now Li 1705 wont boot

Postby hikaru » Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:37 am

It seems like you'll have to integrate S-ATA drivers into your Windows CD.

Here is a how-to about it:
https://www.amilo-forum.com/topic,26,-Installation-of-Windows-XP-Home-Pro-PE-FAQs.html

If you have spare disks you can make a backup of your data using a Live-CD.
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Re: Deleted hidden partition now Li 1705 wont boot

Postby nickb » Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:31 am

Thanks for your reply. I discovered that the version of Acronis has known 'issues' with Vista. It ruined the MBR etc on the disk. So I gave up, switched disks and recovered some of the files with a utility. Thx Acronis :evil:
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