Windows partition not anymore bootable

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by siroma, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. siroma macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I am in a very difficult situation.
    I had a mac pro with Tiger, installed Bootcamp Beta, then Windows XP, then Parallels. My PC antivirus f***ed the Tiger installation, I went to reinstall and disk was scratched. So I bought leopard and went for a fresh install. After that Parallels was not working but reboot in Windows was still fine. But I did an upgrade to Leopard recently and so Windows partition disappeared from my boot options. :mad: I started fiddling with Bootcamp, WinClone, Disk Utility, etc... with no serious results. My best try was totally erasing the disk (all partitions), create a new install from BootCamp and install a new Windows XP from my XP disk. But I get a message saying hal.dll not found. Forums relate this to a boot problem and suggest to manually correct boot order in boot.ini. Did so but got no result. I finally copied back from the image my old Windows installation except the boot.ini file. Still nothing.... So .. this is the situation I have now.... :confused: Disk in bay 1 (according to disk utility) has 2 partitions of which the 1st is now windows (my old installation). XP installation actually sees as a 1st partition a 200Mb partition taht is invisible to disk utility. I think Bootcamp is here in some way. Holding down alt/opt during boot now shows Windows as well as Mac but if I choose Windows I get a "Non system disk" message. I also uninstalled Parallels manually. :confused: Now what ? Somebody help me please... How can I get my old Windows partition to boot again ?!
     
  2. CWallace macrumors 601

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    #2
    I think it might very well be your boot.ini file. You need to make sure it is pointing to not just the proper partition on the first drive, but the first drive itself. Here is the MS article.

    The Windows setup utility will see all the partitions and HDDs on your machine, but the Boot Camp one should show up as "C:" and the rest as "unformatted" or some such.

    Unless there is data on your Windows partition you need to recover, it might be easiest to just use Boot Camp Assistant to remove and then recreate your Boot Camp partition and re-install Windows fresh.
     
  3. siroma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Doesn't work

    I changed boot.ini before pointing partition (2). Partition 1 has some EFI thing (I think is connected to bootcamp), it is about 200Mbs. So it should be 2. But it doeasn't work. This is what I wrote in my boot.ini file

    [boot loader]
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS S
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"


    Winclone says almost the same thing

    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: list of disks
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: ---------
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: disk0s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: disk0s2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: disk0s3
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: disk1s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: disk2s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: disk2s2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: disk3s0
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: ---------
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: ---------
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: Disk Utility Output
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: ---------
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: /dev/disk0
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 0: GUID_partition_scheme *698.6 Gi disk0
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 1: EFI 200.0 Mi disk0s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 2: Microsoft Basic Data PC 101.2 Gi disk0s2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 3: Apple_HFS Mac Lavori 597.1 Gi disk0s3
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: /dev/disk1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 0: FDisk_partition_scheme *698.6 Gi disk1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 1: Windows_NTFS PC Lavori 698.6 Gi disk1s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: /dev/disk2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 0: GUID_partition_scheme *465.8 Gi disk2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 1: EFI 200.0 Mi disk2s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 2: Apple_HFS MAC 465.4 Gi disk2s2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: /dev/disk3
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 0: CD_partition_scheme *673.4 Mi disk3
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:10 CEST 2008: 1: CD_ROM_Mode_1 VX2PFPP_IT 585.8 Mi disk3s0
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Device Identifier: disk0s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Device Node: /dev/disk0s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Part Of Whole: disk0
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Device / Media Name: EFI System Partition
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Volume Name:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Mount Point:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Partition Type: EFI
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Bootable: Not bootable
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Media Type: Generic
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Protocol: SATA
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: SMART Status: Verified
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Total Size: 200.0 Mi (209715200 B) (409600 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Free Space: 0.0 B (0 B) (0 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Read Only: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Ejectable: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Whole: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Internal: Yes
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: Device Location: "Bay 1"
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:11 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Device Identifier: disk0s2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Device Node: /dev/disk0s2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Part Of Whole: disk0
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Device / Media Name: Untitled
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Volume Name: PC
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Mount Point: /Volumes/PC
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: File System: MS-DOS FAT32
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Partition Type: Microsoft Basic Data
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Bootable: Is bootable
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Media Type: Generic
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Protocol: SATA
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: SMART Status: Verified
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Total Size: 101.2 Gi (108616777728 B) (212142144 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Free Space: 78.4 Gi (84180140032 B) (164414336 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Read Only: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Ejectable: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Whole: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Internal: Yes
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Device Location: "Bay 1"
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Device Identifier: disk0s3
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Device Node: /dev/disk0s3
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Part Of Whole: disk0
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Device / Media Name: Untitled
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Volume Name: Mac Lavori
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Mount Point: /Volumes/Mac Lavori
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: File System: Journaled HFS+
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Journal size 49152 KB at offset 0x12ac000
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Owners: Enabled
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Partition Type: Apple_HFS
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Bootable: Is bootable
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Media Type: Generic
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Protocol: SATA
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: SMART Status: Verified
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Volume UUID: DBFA2336-1C49-3495-AA09-2ED1F6DCC11B
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Total Size: 597.1 Gi (641169059840 B) (1252283320 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Free Space: 482.0 Gi (517574504448 B) (1010887704 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Read Only: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Ejectable: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Whole: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Internal: Yes
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: Device Location: "Bay 1"
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:12 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Device Identifier: disk1s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Device Node: /dev/disk1s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Part Of Whole: disk1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Device / Media Name: Untitled 1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Volume Name: PC Lavori
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Mount Point: /Volumes/PC Lavori
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: File System: NTFS
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Partition Type: Windows_NTFS
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Bootable: Not bootable
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Media Type: Generic
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Protocol: SATA
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: SMART Status: Verified
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Volume UUID: DB6EE162-73CE-4DF9-8550-8E5463B98505
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Total Size: 698.6 Gi (750153728000 B) (1465144000 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Free Space: 2.6 Gi (2769801216 B) (5409768 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Read Only: Yes
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Ejectable: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Whole: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Internal: Yes
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: Device Location: "Bay 2"
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:13 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Device Identifier: disk2s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Device Node: /dev/disk2s1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Part Of Whole: disk2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Device / Media Name: EFI System Partition
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Volume Name:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Mount Point:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Partition Type: EFI
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Bootable: Not bootable
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Media Type: Generic
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Protocol: SATA
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: SMART Status: Verified
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Total Size: 200.0 Mi (209715200 B) (409600 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Free Space: 0.0 B (0 B) (0 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Read Only: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Ejectable: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Whole: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Internal: Yes
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Device Location: "Bay 3"
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Device Identifier: disk2s2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Device Node: /dev/disk2s2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Part Of Whole: disk2
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Device / Media Name: Untitled
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Volume Name: MAC
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Mount Point: /
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: File System: Journaled HFS+
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Journal size 40960 KB at offset 0xe8e000
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Owners: Enabled
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Partition Type: Apple_HFS
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Bootable: Is bootable
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Media Type: Generic
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Protocol: SATA
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: SMART Status: Verified
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Volume UUID: 5D1FCAA7-E1F2-3C97-AD2D-6521EB083308
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Total Size: 465.4 Gi (499763888128 B) (976101344 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Free Space: 110.8 Gi (118928969728 B) (232283144 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Read Only: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Ejectable: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Whole: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Internal: Yes
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: Device Location: "Bay 3"
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:14 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: =================
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Device Identifier: disk3s0
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Device Node: /dev/disk3s0
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Part Of Whole: disk3
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Device / Media Name: OPTIARC DVD RW AD-7170A
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Volume Name: VX2PFPP_IT
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Mount Point: /Volumes/VX2PFPP_IT
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: File System: ISO Rockridge
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Partition Type: CD_ROM_Mode_1
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Bootable: Not bootable
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Media Type: Generic
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Protocol: ATAPI
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: SMART Status: Not Supported
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Total Size: 585.8 Mi (614273024 B) (1199752 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Free Space: 0.0 B (0 B) (0 512-byte blocks)
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Read Only: Yes
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Ejectable: Yes
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Whole: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Internal: Yes
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008:
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Optical Drive Type: CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Optical Media Type: CD-ROM
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: Optical Media Erasable: No
    Thu Aug 21 15:35:15 CEST 2008: =================


    But as I said.. even doing a full new installation (delete partition) creates problems because windows doesn't find hal.dll (from a new clean install). This I found on some forum is connected with boot.ini. I think something stays in that partition of 200 mbytes from the old Bootcamp and the new doesn't delete it.

    M.
     
  4. JNB macrumors 604

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    #4
    I think you've way overcomplicated the process. First, the "EFI thing" is what the Mac uses instead of BIOS, and rewriting the boot.ini file should never be necessary.

    Second, print, read, and follow the installation instructions offered up at the first page of the Boot Camp Assistant.

    Third, go into Boot Camp Assistant, restore to a single volume, then recreate the boot Camp partition.

    Fourth, reinstall Windows precsely in the manner described in the instructions you printed.

    Fifth, the whole boot.ini & boot loader dumps aren't necessary, but if you insist, please use the
    Code:
     tag. to make it more manageable.
     
  5. siroma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #5
    Ok

    I did everything from scratch. It works.. now I'll reinstall all my software.. I'll not risk to use the WinClone image of my PC partition to save time.
    Thanks
     

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