+ 0 Votes Buy another harddrive and put your OLD harddrive as Slave.. Peconet Tietokoneet Updated - 3 years ago You should have either Sata or IDE connections on/in your case. Check if any (spare) ports are available, if so then get hold of another Sata cable also a power cable for the Sata. If you have a spare slot on your IDE cable then attach your new one (harddrive) to it. Now, go into your BIOS, you need to press "F1", "F2" keys, depending what kind of BIOS you have, that are on your keyboard, now you should be able to look in your BIOS and then go to section called "Boot", select in this section your NEW drive then do a "Save and Exit". Now your system will boot from your NEW hdd (harddrive) of which you will need ALL of your WIndows disk(s) and motherboard driver disk(s). You will need to load on your Windows disk and install it. Then install your motherboard drivers. Now you will have access to your OLD drive in "My computer" Icon. On IDE drives you will have to look at the rear, you will see a small plastic part that connects to two pins (one upper and one lower) you will have to take this off and make sure it is attached to the two pins that are marked "Master" (for your new hdd). Now do the same for your OLD hdd put that plastic part on the pins that are marked as "Slave", make sure you place this part Vertically not horizontally. Hope all goes well. OHH, make sure you download ALL of the Windows updates. + 0 Votes He's runing Vista Business NickNielsen Moderator 3 years ago His first sentence reads:I'm running a Dell Vostro 1500 with Vista Business, original spec except I expanded the RAM to 4GB. (my emphasis) If you're going to wake zombies, at least contribute to the discussion. + 0 Votes What AV did you use? AnsuGisalas 3 years ago Did you run an AV rescue CD? Here's a link to Michael Kassner's list. http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/security/?p=3803 One of those will do, especially if you have access to a CD burner, but there are tips in the article for making a USB rescue "CD". Remember that MBR can be repaired too, if it's just that. Either with recovery console or your original OS disk... I guess recovery disks have apps for that too. + 0 Votes How can you repair your damaged MBR? Peconet Tietokoneet 3 years ago Boot from the windows XP CD, press the "R" key in the setup in order to start the restoration console. Select your windows XP installation from the list, and enter the administrator password. Enter the command: "FIXMBR" (without the quotes) at the input prompt and confirm the next question with a "Y" (without the quotes). Use exit to restore the computer. ......................................... 1. First, restart your computer with the Windows XP setup disk in the CD drive. If you don?t have your original disk then borrow one. 2. When prompted, boot from the CD drive by pressing any key. If Windows does not load automatically you will first have to enter the BIOS setup and change the order of the boot devices to start with the CD drive. 3. Once the setup loads, you will see the option to press "R" to repair a Windows installation. 4. Once the Recovery Console loads up (black screen with white text on it), you will have to type in a number that corresponds to your Windows installation. This is normally just 1 (one). Press Enter and then type in the Administrator password. 5. Now at the prompt, type in fixmbr. Your damaged MBR will now be replaced with a new master boot record and your computer should now be able to boot properly. Note that you may also want to run the fixboot command to repair the boot sector with a new one. Also, make sure you only use these commands on a system with one operating system installed. If you have more than one operating system installed, fixmbr and fixboot could mess up everything. Hope all goes well. + 0 Votes Safety first asuvlumuzi 3 years ago Before fiddling with the mbr you ought to back up your data. Google for hiren's boot cd. It has tools that will allow your to backup your data to another source(usb-disk). It also has tons of other tools including mbr manipulation and recovery + 0 Votes Fix Master Boot Record by following steps djp7in 3 years ago IF UR MASTER BOOT RECORD is damaged then proceed as given below: 1. Inster ur vista cd & boot ur system from cd, when system booting from cd, when u prompted for repair your computer select this option, next select repair and restart option, next go to command prompt, next enter the command "BootRec.exe /fixmbr" without quotation mark in command prompt & press enter key. and restart ur system normally. 2 if is not started normally then. the entire system was crashed u have to put ur hdd in other pc & backup all ur important document & then format the drive & install fresh vista. when u put ur hdd in another system and if it shows ur C drive as raw then your hdd partition table is corrupted. u have to go for data recovery center who can recover ur data. hope 1 or 2 option solve ur problem. smiles!!! + 0 Votes ntldr is missing lenardsabado 3 years ago if your OS is XP try this steps,,,insert the bootable cd of XP then it will prompt you to press any key then press any key, press "r" for recovery console, then the command prompt will enter,,key in 1 for partition C: then you will prompt to enter a password after that type the following, "copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\" after that successfull copy type this "copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\" then after that type exit and remove the cd.