I have a system that does not boot. "ERROR: No Boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed."
this started first boot after using hide/unhide commands from menu.lst in an attempt to resolve non booting XP in hd0,9. it has been a while since I set this system up so I will probably mis some details but here goes..
the system started as an OEM Acer w/500gb SATA HDD with three primary partitions. the OEM hidden one named "PQSERVICE", next the "system reserved" active partition, then the W7 partition.
I resized the W7 partition and made and extended partition with several logicals within it then installed embedded7 in two of them and XP in two others. this was all working until I tried to change the XP in one of the partitions.
I was having trouble booting the new XP from grub4dos that was called from boot.ini located in the system reserved partition so that it made grub4dos entry in BCD boot screen. all sorts of errors depending on what entry I tried. error 13, invalide boot.ini, BOOTMGR is missing, etc. so I had the idea that maybe it was getting confused and I tried to prevent that by using the hide command in the menu entry that I was using to boot the XP:
title P9 XP
it didnt work so I rebooted back into the HDD and it booted into w7 embedded fine but the sytem reserved partition was hidden and since that is where my menu.lst is located, I rebooted into gru4dos and issued unhide (hd0,0) and then unhide (hd0,1) to undo the hide since I could not do it from the menu.lst
next reboot was "ERROR: No Boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed."
OK, now I have a problem! I havnt done anything else to the HDD from there. only booted an XP service OS in ram from a usbflashdisk that has tools on it. heres the info from that:
see spoiler for screen caps:
so the BIOS cant see the HDD now, neither can some other softwares when booted from ram but others can see it and as you can see, they give conflicting info about it.
I dont know what would be the best step to take to recover this instead of making it worse or even unrecoverable so I did my best to explain in detail about it so hopefully someone here can help me figure it out.
thanks in advance!
edited to add rmprepusb info:
PTEdit could not see it either