PM is a partition manager. If you "move" XP's boot partition, such will happen. If you are unlucky, you wipe the drive and restore from your backup.
XP Pro AMD 2400+ 1024ram
I was trying to prepare my 120gig maxtor hd with PM to copy all contents to an external 80gig hd using PM to adjust partitions, PM claimed success and then when it rebooted something it went wrong. message system 32 HAL.dd missing or corrupt. Using rescue dicks created in PM I got a view of the drive but also the error 1516 drive unmounted message.
I tried to repair XP as suggested in XP forum but ended up with the pc going in circles.
Having installed the ext hd alone I loaded XP home fine. However I cannot see or get to my original 120gig maxtor, where all my data is.
Any ideas please