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XP FIXMBR wrote new master boot record to partition0

by maragaret / July 27, 2009 4:30 AM PDT

I cannot boot to the HD - just from the CD for XP home edition. I booted into recovery and ran fixmbr to fix boot record. Map ASR shows
C: NTFS volume \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
Fixmbr successfully wrote new mbr to

I cannot boot to hd - how do I fix partition problem - if this is indeed the problem. Thanks much for any insight

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More Work to Do

Try running chkdsk /r

Check the directory in c:\

Is all of the data there? Is any data there?

How old is the drive? Has it been formatted? NTFS or FAT?

Have you tried running chkdsk /r ??

Did you run antivirus/antispyware scans on this drive before executing the fixmbr? See Warning.

Warning: This command can damage your partition tables if a virus is present or if a hardware problem exists. If you use this command, you may create inaccessible partitions. We recommend that you run antivirus software before you use this command.

If this is a used hard drive and you're having problems with it, you're time and money ahead by purchasing a new drive. 500GB = $52.00.

Try the items above. If that doesn't work, try a startup disk like Ultimate boot Cd, or Hirens. These products will allow you do explore most of the fixes for the problems you're having.

If you're reformatting to reuse the HDD - Good luck. I tried doing that for years and years. It always seemed to work, but the drives had a very high rate of failure afterword. I'm not saying it can't be done, but I am saying that for all of the time and work invested in reformatting and reloading a HDD, I feel better off starting with a new one. They're so cheap now that for me, it's a no brainer. Call me lazy.

Good Luck

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FIXMBR to Partition0 - need Partition1
by maragaret / July 27, 2009 7:25 AM PDT
In reply to: More Work to Do

Thanks for the help
chkdsk is always the first thing I do
the drive is
YAH814YO MAXTOR 310241h

It is a collegues computer and I have no idea how old it it but its resources are ok to run an XP OS.

Have you any idea as to why the MBR was written on partition0 - there is only an unpartitioned 8 mb and a 30GB Partition1 format is NTFS
drive has windows files - won't boot from HD

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AT Your Own Risk
by High Desert Charlie / July 27, 2009 11:01 AM PDT

It sounds like the recovery mode is seeing the 8MB partition as the boot partition. Does the 8MB Partition have a Volume Label i.e. E:\ or F:\???

If you are certain which partition is the boot partition, then modify your fixmbr command as follows:

fixmbr c:\

where c:\ is the boot partition.

If the 30GB partition is not being seen as a bootable partition, you are really going to need some different utilities to solve the problem.

If all else fails, I'd try deleting the 8MB partition altogether.

This is Microsoft's guide to deleting a partition. Please pay notice to the warnings associated with this command.

Good Luck!!!

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