Ok here is real bad situation, perhaps ISO's were
corrupted, any help is really appriciated.
I got ISO's from
(1)I had 4 partitions on 40gb hd, XP(ntfs,primary partition),
2000(ntfs), data(fat32),Mandrake 9.2(ext3), and it was working fine
(2)I got ISO files of 3 CDs from uni. of wisc mirrors.
As I didn't see 4 iso anywhere I didn't know there are
4 CDs for Mandrake 10, but thats ok
(3)I burned the cds, but the first cd was not bootable. I
checked my BIOS setting, and also tried other bootable
cds like XP and mandrake 9.2, those were able to boot.
But this Mandrake 10 won't boot
(4)I created boot floppy and started installation. It
froze at then end while writing the boot record. I had
to do hard reboot
(5)now my hard drive had corrupted MBR :( ......so I booted
Mandrake 10 from floppy and after linux is up , I
reinstalled lilo on MBR.
(6)mandrake 10 would now boot from the lilo menu, but
any of the windows won't.
(7)I got pissed. I tried to restore windows boot
record from rescue option of mandrake cd, didn't work.
I did fixmbr form XP cd, didn't work. I did fixboot
and fixmbr from XP cd, didn't work.
(8 ) I erased all the partitions and reformatted my
harddrive one by one with wondows, partition magic and
a software that came with my hard disc ( sw name:
maxblast by maxtor ). I also tried to '0-fill' my hard
disc with that maxblast software.
BUT my hard disc won't boot any windows installation
now. surprisingly if I reinstall linux it will boot
with no problem.
After reformatting hd and installing any windows, on
reboot. it will say "Error loading operating system".
Please any expert help. Perhaps only harddrake
development expert will be able to help. Because it
writes such a portion of partition table that no other
software or OS can access.