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.
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