Re: Re: PartitionMagic + Re-Lettering Windows Partitions = No Bo



MutantPlatypus
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
"hawksbill666" wrote:
> I did notice the Acronis tech support guy popping in- like for
> the Solaris
> image that doubled hard drives and partitions- but most
> fundamental problems
> seem to based on following (hidden?) directions as a last
> resort. I trusted
> my 27 yrs. of network pre-to-post MS-DOS hardware experience
> on an
> exasperating XP Pro_W2K dual boot licking via PM by not
> reading ~everything~
> beforehand. But it did lead me to a very helpful site I may
> not have
> otherwise tripped over: http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm#FDPT
>
> "Brian K" wrote:
>
> > Have a look at the Acronis forum. It's frightening.
> >
> > http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=65
> >
> > Brian
> >
> >
> >
>   > >>Precisely the reason I ditched PM and bought
> Acronis Disk Director
>   > >>(www.acronis.com) as it appears to be the only
> company with the foresight
>   > >>to
>   > >>realise that fact. It will allow you to make a
> bootable rescue CD (it's
>   > >>the
>   > >>same with its imaging application - True Image
> - too, I believe that Ghost
>   > >>only creates floppies).
>  > >
>  > > I've heard many good things about Acronis in this
> newsgroup. I
>  > > downloaded the evaluation version but haven't got
> around to
>  > > installing it -- struggling along with NTI Backup
> for now. Seems
>  > > like I need to make Acronis a priority. Thanks for
> the extra nudge!
>  > >
>  > > --
>  > >
>  > > Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New
> York, USA
>  > >
> http://OakRoadSystems.com/
> >
> >
> >

Hello, I made the same mistake of assuming that PM wouldnít be prone
to such a stupid error as this, but Iím getting the same exact
problem.

Iíve done this to my computer before, so I know a little bit about
windows and itís booting and recovery, but I donít claim to be an
expert. Changing the boot.ini file wonít (though I still tried, and
it didnít) fix anything in this case, because the computer is booting
into windows correctly. The error message I am getting is in the same
screen as a boot-time chkdsk. This means that windows has slated PM
to do some work before finishing its booting stuff, and PM simply
crashes.

As an aside, I remember thinking "hmmm, changing the drive letter
like this would cause any work PM has planned for the boot would have
incorrect path names." But then I thought that if I realized this
before starting the process, then the people at Symantec probably
thought of it too and dealt with it accordingly, like referring to
partitions instead of drive letters or something. Nope, Symantec had
a D+ high school programming student doing this for extra credit, so
such an (I would think) obvious problem is left unsolved. I would
expect this out of freeware, but not software you pay for.

Pardon my rant, but Iím frustrated :-P

If anybody knows about the way windows slates boot-time activities
(like chkdsk) this problem could be resolved by skipping the boot-time
stuff and proceeding to windows. Or if I could poke around in the
registry I might be able to fix the incorrect references.

If you have any idea how to do the above in Linux or the windows
recovery console, please let me know.

Also, the error message speaks of a batch file it canít find. If
anybody knows what that batch file is called and where it is I could
just move the file to suit PMís special needs. I canít find any
relevant-looking batch files, except for one:
C:\windows\system32\MsDtc\Trace\msdtcvtr.bat. That is the only
batch file on my entire OS partition. The partition containing PM
doesnít have any .bat files - save two irrelevant ones - that can be
attributed to PM. There are no mystery .bat files either, strangely
enough.

P.S. FYI, my windows partition is in FAT32 format so Linux can write
to it without any problems. I think this also means that the registry
is in a file somewhere, but Iím not sure if thatís true.

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