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    computer is missing OS...

    Can anyone give me any suggestions as to what i should do?

    Lastnight i was cleaning up my pc at home and deleted a lot of files and programs that i didn't need/use anymore. that by itself didn't cause any problems. i was doing this to get some extra disk space and because it has been running kinda slow as of late.

    I noticed my C drive partition was getting kinda full and that the D partition had some room to spare. So i used Partition Magic to take space from D and add it to C. Not expecting any huge performance improvments, but i can help a little.

    Anyway, i made the partition changes, and it had to reboot to make the new partitions. it took about 2hrs for it to do its thing. so i went and did some other things, and came back and it was a black screen that said "missing operating system..."

    that was lastnight at like 2am, so i haven't had too much time to mess with it. But i'm able to get into the Bios and it a sony viao, so i can get to the viao system restore, which it says will reformat the C partition only and the D partition will still be intact.

    I'm always telling my wife to back up our finacial files on our backup drive...buy i have no idea if she has lately or not .

    anyway, does anyone know what could have happened and do you think my HD still has the info on it or do you think it was erased? i'm planning on getting a box from my friend and adding my HD to it to get any info off it that i can.

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    Re: computer is missing OS...

    Missing OS, usually means the Hard Drive connection is loose, or your HD is starting to fail.



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    Re: computer is missing OS...

    Could have changed the MBR. Boot with a rescue CD/Disk and write a new MBR with fdisk /MBR.


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    Re: computer is missing OS...

    that won't try to reformat the drive will it?

    also, we just recently moved so i'm not 100% sure where the windows cd is (xp). can you still get copies at all?



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    Re: computer is missing OS...

    I would get all the important info off before messing with the master boot record. But once you do that, it may get your PC in a working order again.

    Easy way to get the data off is to pop the drive in a USB enclosure and put it on a diff machine.


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    Re: computer is missing OS...

    Quote Originally Posted by isubeatle View Post
    that won't try to reformat the drive will it?

    also, we just recently moved so i'm not 100% sure where the windows cd is (xp). can you still get copies at all?
    that's a safe thing to do. the MBR is the master boot record and is required to tell the PC that a drive is bootable.



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