I am on a sabatical (sp) from the SD but if there is any place I can rely on to get help from my fellow techs, the SD is the place.
Currently I am using my old 233 to access the net…bad, bad, bad, but thankful I have this puppy to get me up and running at less than half of what I am used to.
Anyhow, I am in dire straights, a lot of data at stake, mainly emails that I need to salvage.
Here’s the scoop.
Rather than fdisking my hard drive I used PartionMagic to partition my hard drive into three partitions. It all worked well I was able to install Windows 2000 on one of the partitions no problem.
My stupid tech thinking is, if there is a problem I can work through it so I didn’t make any boot up disks through PartionMagic. Okay cool, I have some data that will be sorely missed if I loose it but I am willing to take the risk.
Well you know what? I really f**ked this up as I can’t access any of the partions except for the most non-crucial partion that only has Windows 2000 drivers on it. The problem stems from BootMagic and it’s not finding a particular file (can’t remember at this time which file it is) so it will boot even into Win 2000. I forgot to add Win98 as a boot option.
I tried the two Win 95 start up disks, they only recognize my “E” drive which is recognizing as my “C” Drive. It only has Win 2000 drivers on it, nothing else. It is not recgonizing the main C drive, my Win 98 drive or the G drive which is my Win2000 drive.
In short order, I can’t even get Win2000 (with a boot to my CD ROM drive) to come up. Nothing is working.
I started this machine with Win98…but it’s an upgrade of Win95 in that I didn’t load Win95 first, I just used the Win95 CD I have to acknowledge it’s existance.
I know I messed up with not going about the stupid requirements of PartionMagic’s creating a boot disk but I have never, ever had a problem with a utilities software fking me up this bad. Now I am really fcked up and need some guidance.
I can tolerate loosing my data, that’s not the end of the world but I will not tolerate not being able to even load an OS via a floppy drive. Oh wait, I forgot state what the error was. With the Win95 disks I have it comes up with an “I/O error, insert disk and hit enter”.
I 'spose I could download the Windows NT 4.0 driver for my hard disks and see if that will get me to the point of an operational computer…but if there is an easier solution I would love to hear it.
Your help in this matter is appreciated. I would rather not loose my data but if you can’t even boot your system up it’s a pretty dire situation when you run your business out of your home, you are a network consultant and feel as though all your options are lost.
I assume I can’t find a resolve because it’s my computer and been dealing with major bullshit OS problems all day…I should have waited till I was more in tuned to my instincts.
Please, your help or experience in this matter is appreciated.