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So I tried to dual boot Windows XP and Windows Vista.

I already had Vista installed, so I just shrank the drive and made a second partition. Vista is on E: drive and the new partition is C:.

I rebooted the computer from the installation CD, and then went through the entire thing and it formatted the C: partition. Rebooted.

Something went awry here. Either way, I now get the message "Invalid Partiton Table" when i attempt to boot the computer from the hard disk. I didn't even touch the E partition throughout the entire setup... I am assuming that some way or another than the Vista partition is not set as the active partition? I went into the recovery console as well and did the /FIXMBR command... didn't help.

When in the recovery console, if I use the /MAP command I can definitely see that the partition is still there. But I just can't boot it. I have some very important data in there (i.e. school documents, photoshop files, my massive music collection, all that good stuff) that I really, really don't want to lose. Can you guys please help me get this working again? I'm at the end of my rope here.
    
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Try running the Recovery Console in Vista and go to the command prompt. Now I've only done this twith XP, but you shpould be able to rewrite the MBR, Boot table, and the boot.ini (again, at least in XP you could). Google to double check, but the following commands worked for XP:

fixmbr
fixboot
bootconfig /defualt

Those commands will repair each of the 3 I mentioned above...

The problem is that XP is now the default boot table. When dual booting, you need to load XP first to prevent this from happening.

Here is a link on using the Vista Recovery Console
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