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XP Partition became unallocated space after installing VISTA

Hardware not an issue here, I was running xp professional decicided to dual boot vista. I booted from the DVD and installed vista on 30 GB of unallocated space on the hard drive. The installation finishes and the C: drive where XP was located is missing and Vista is now labeled the C: drive. I also had a 60 GB backup partition which changed from the F: dirve to the D: drive and is the XP system folder with Xp's boot.ini, ntldr, etc. files to load XP intact. I want the XP partition back and intact. The thing here is the space XP took up on the hard drive was not over written, it is just unallocated now. I have not done anything since to that unallocated space where XP was because I know that partition and volume recovery is an option and am heavily considering that. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated cuz I have had vista in the past but it was always unstable and I just wanted it as an option for certain tasks and not my main OS.

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Yup. That's happened to

In reply to: XP Partition became unallocated space after installing VISTA

Too many. I tracked it down to use of non-Microsoft partitioning tools. But to get the files back I'm been using two software titles. Here they are:


May I ask what your backup plan was?

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No Backup plan

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I actually recovered the partition last night with UBCD, really great tool, but XP does not load now. I get no virtual (something) and something about paging file when trying to load into XP and then it freezes and I have to restart everytime. I did not have backup plans, only to to try 2 and recover the volume/partition.

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If the files are now safe. Look up this...

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You could install a parallel install of XP and begin migrating to that.


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2nd thought

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Im sticking with vista. I installed vista form a non acer DVD, just Vista and it seems to be fine. Maybe it was the Acer settings or drivers giving me all my problems. Especially Acer Empowering Suite. Good tool just, failed on me sometimes. funny though, I never knew the Windows anytime upgrade wasa fresh install of windows vista until today.

FYI when I first got my laptop 2007, I knew crap about computers compared to now. I guess these issues with my PC paid off.

thanx for all your help : )

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Sounds pricey.

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I picked up a pair of acer laptops and found it all too easy to clean off a few unwanted items. Since these cost all of 599usd and no taxes the added cost of Vista just to remove that one last item seems to not justify that outlay.

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