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Missing or Corrupt Boot Sector

By n.patel ·
I am unable to boot my hard drive. It had Win 2000 Pro, however when I now try to boot my PC the system fails. How can I recover the boot sector?
I have another disk with Win XP which works fine and I can see the c: from within it, however if I attempt to browse it, a file system is not recognised and I am asked to format the drive.

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by Joe Mis In reply to Missing or Corrupt Boot S ...

Boot from the Win2000 CD (you may need to change the boot order in your PC's BIOS), and repair the current installation. Hopefully you've created an ERD (Emergency Rescue Diskette) which will make things easier, but is not required. The fact that you can't read the disk when booting from WinXP indicates that the drive has been formatted as NTFS.

Hope this helps,

Joe

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by Chris Willhoite In reply to Missing or Corrupt Boot S ...

Acctuly since Windows XP has support for NTFS it sounds like the file system is bad.

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by bigdog In reply to Missing or Corrupt Boot S ...

On your installation disk there is a utility that can reformat your boot sector or MBR for you. I have used it many times and it actually works.

You will have to boot from the cd and follow the directions.

Also fdisk does have the parameter that will rewrite the MBR without altering any partition table information.

There is also a systems admin tool called fixmbr which can do the trick; however, i cannot recall much about it.

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