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Old 06-26-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a basic homebuilt XP set-up, with a 250 gig hard drive partitioned, and Xp home on one partition, and XP pro on the other. I had been using them both succesfully from 2009-2012.

One day about this time last year, the Xp home (my preferred and main OS, with all my media and data on it) stopped booting properly. It will go to the black windows loading screen with blue scrolling progress bar, then exit that, and then have a black screen and the monitor status light goes orange, showing that the monitor is not getting any video output. Weird right? So out of laziness I just started using the Xp pro side.

I was actually doing something quite stupid, I was holding the power button to force-shut-down my system when leaving my house in a rush for a long time, this caused the PSU to fry itself in November 2012. I just replaced the PSU and the computer works again.

My problem is this: I want to get rid of both partitions, do a full format, and install Windows 8....but how do I save my 60 gigs of media when I can't seem to access that media from the Pro side because of ownership issues? I've tried everything.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:54 PM   #2
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Well just boot up your Windows 8 install disk, Then select custom and then choose format to delete both partitions or you can use a 3rd party tool but the one Windows provide in the install disc is fine for what you need.
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My problem is this: I want to get rid of both partitions, do a full format, and install Windows 8....but how do I save my 60 gigs of media when I can't seem to access that media from the Pro side because of ownership issues? I've tried everything.
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Well just boot up your Windows 8 install disk, Then select custom and then choose format to delete both partitions or you can use a 3rd party tool but the one Windows provide in the install disc is fine for what you need.
Did you miss the part where he wants to save his media? Yes he can format both partitions from the Win8 install but that won't help when he wants to back things up.

You should be able to 'take ownership' of the files while booting from the Pro partition. Here's a link to get you started, but there should be a 'take ownership' button somewhere in the securtiy/permission tabs (maybe under advanced somewhere)....sorry I haven't used XP in quite some time. How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP
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Did you miss the part where he wants to save his media? Yes he can format both partitions from the Win8 install but that won't help when he wants to back things up.
Woops, When I wrote my reply I was trying to do 2-3 things at once :/
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Woops, When I wrote my reply I was trying to do 2-3 things at once :/
No worries...you had it 1/2 right. Just don't want him to not be able to backup his data.
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No worries...you had it 1/2 right. Just don't want him to not be able to backup his data.
Thanks today just hasn't been all that good for me.

PS don't mean to take over your thread.
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