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February 23rd, 2007
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Yeee-aargh...
I don't have a 2.5" form-factor IDE laptop drive to replace the dead one, so I tried to install XP SP1 on my previous external drive without repartitioning it.

Stop 0x7B baby, yeah...

Something is tickling the back of my mind me about a parition size limit for the boot partition in XP SP1.

So, in order to get this done right, I have to hope that somewhere in my Pile Of Disaster I have a copy of my partitionmagic boot cd, so I can shrink the partition down to size....

That is assuming that that is the reason it's not booting after the initial installation copying-to-disk sequence.

I hate teh BSODs--even when I can track down the reasons for them and address them--which is 99.9%--it just sucks my life energy every time I have to do it...I may just install FreeBSD or Linux on my PS3.

I'm going to turn on and plug in my recovery disk from SalvageData, just so I can at least see my files.

I've missed them.

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: noise external USB and firewire drives
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From:valiskeogh
Date:February 24th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
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sorry man, the last os to have a size limit on the partition was NT, xp dont care :(

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From:surrealestate
Date:February 24th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
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So I know this must happen to folks with your sorts of names all the time, but it still threw me for a moment. An amber alert just came down the wire for an Owen Thomas. I guess yoou can collect some interesting headlines...
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From:happypete
Date:February 24th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)

heh...

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no, he's a grownup, my brother...

You will see him from time to time on CNBC or CNN, in general when big tech firms (MS, Yahoo, Google, etc.) are in the news.
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From:unix_vicky
Date:February 24th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)

137GB limit

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Older Windows OS's (and other PC OS's) only used 28 bits for accessing ATA drives (28-bits x 512 byte sectors, I guess). From what I've read though, XP got this capability with SP1, so I'd think you'd be ok. Some google magic might help...
From:mtn_hermit
Date:February 24th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Another solution: download and burn a copy of the Knoppix live CD. I do believe that it's got a partitioning utility you could use. Just don't use it to format the partition: NTFS support in Linux is read-only.
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From:thecatsmeowww
Date:February 25th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
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lots of luck......
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From:happypete
Date:February 26th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)

thanks...

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I haven't been able to find the file I need to make this work.

Sadness.
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From:thecatsmeowww
Date:February 26th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)

Re: thanks...

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:( oh man, that bites.....sorry...wish I could help.
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