Sorry to do this, but my fellow tech friend is too inebriated to listen to me bounce this question off of and I feel feel like making some progress…tonight.
So to try and summarize a very long story, my computer (Toshiba M35X Satellite) got a virus many years ago and from time to time I work a bit more on making it work again. I feel I’ve stumbled onto an important clue but need others with XP or very reliable XP partition knowledge to lend a voice.
The data is all there only it won’t boot, each time stating “Operating system not found”
Now mind you, I do know about fixboot and fixmbr and recovery console and such, but my partition structure knowledge is not what it should be for OS’ and for various proprietary set-ups that happen based on the brand of computer.
So basically I have gone into my computer with a Hiren’s disc and Gparted.
With the Hiren’s disc I you can see a small partition on the same row as the primary partition with all the data in it only the small partition has no drive letter and has a capacity of 2MB and apparently also 2MB of free space! it’s this partition (the small 2MB partition) that is set as the active boot partition. But if if it’s 2MB in size but also has 2MB of free space?? That left me confused so I decided to take another look at this with Gparted.
In Gparted it shows up as a hidden partition and also the Boot partition and is said to be 2.48MB in size. Unlike the Hiren’s version this does not show this partition to be in the C: volume, but is instead “SDA2” whereas C: is indicated as “SDA1”.
What I’d like to do is delete this partition and make C: my active, boot partition, but I haven’t the ability to back-up such things so I need to be sure of what I’m doing. I checked out a Dell computer I have also with XP on it and there is no such 2MB partition on this computer.
So would you think it would be safe to delete the current active partition and set the C: as the active partition? Please respond as though this was your computer with data to be lost, I’ve done a good bit of backing up, but I want to make the right move and find my machine bootable again rather than play around with this stuff or have to rebuild things.