Today i decided to install a fresh copy of Windows. The previous installation was almost an year old and as usual slowed down a lot and messed up too. I searched the drawers for Windows XP, didn’t found any. Asked my mom about the CD, she answered, “why the hell should I know about CDs, I don’t own this PC, you do.”
At last without searching further I went to Jumbo CD shop. The shopkeeper pointed at a CD rack having Windows collection. I decided to stick to Windows XP as I didn’t want to experiment on Vista or 7 with my current PC specifications. I was amazed to see a dozen tweaked Windows XP Sp3. There was a Black Edition, a Blue Edition, crystal Edition, Silver Edition, Gold Edition, etc etc etc. These tweaked Windows are cool, I remembered installed a couple of these on my friends’ PC, they have all the essential software pre-installed but they get corrupt too early so not my option today and I pick a Plain Windows XP SP3.
Reached home, turned on my PC, copied all my data from C drive to D which included FireFox bookmarks, pics in My document folder and MSN chat logs in My Received files. I don’t keep much in my Windows Drive.
Inserted the CD in the drive, booted the system from CD, waited till the installation menu appear. As usual I chose C drive as my Windows installation drive and NTFS as the file system, waited till the Windows install.
I have a ASUS board. i have downloaded the latest drivers from there support web site a couple of months ago. Installed them, restarted my PC.
Partitioning : Again!!
A stupid idea struck my mind, “I have too many partitions, lets reduce !”. So I installed the old trusty Symentec Partition Magic 8.0 and merge my last 2 partition. All was going well until I got an ERROR
“Partition Merging Not Done!!!! Completed with error”
My heart nearly came to my mouth, all my e-books, all my software ( cracked ones of course ), all my songs ( saving since 4 years ) , video ( etc etc) all may be gone. I opened My Computer, both the drives gone !!!! I nearly cried. I tried the old method of making things work – I restarted Windows. To my surprise a merged partition appeared, thank u God. But with one problem. When you merge two drives , the second drive becomes a folder in the first drive. This happened with me too, as was expected. The problem was , I could not get the folder to open, this time one more stupid error
What to do now??!? Once again I opened the not so trusty Symentec Partition Magic. All looked fine there. I performed a disk error check and got one more error
“Disk has blah blah blah errors”
This was enough, I remember there was one another partition manager, Paragon Partition Manager. I downloaded it , installed it and to my surprise its partition explorer was showing the second drive’s folder content. A slight relief. I quickly copied all my drive’s data to another one. One more problem – The folder size was 27GB and it was taking my disk space. I need this folder to be deleted ASAP. The software didn’t help much in removing disk errors but at least saved my data.
The Last Stand
Tired, frustrated cursing Symentec for the buggy software and incomplete troubleshooting guide I converted the whole partition to FAT32. To my surprise the folder was back again without error.
Problem solved 🙂
Softwares I installed
Most of them are here in this Link