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No Master Boot Record

By laubach ·
Any way to recover data from a hard drive that can't find the MBR on a Win 98 second edition hard drive? I have attempted to add the drive as a slave to another drive - it it not recognized. When I boot from a startup disk, files are copied to the cdrive. That is all that is shown on the c drive.

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by SyscoKid In reply to No Master Boot Record

Boot from a startup disk and run fdisk /mbr. If that doesn't work, I think you may need a data recovery company, though somebody may know of some software that might help.

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by laubach In reply to No Master Boot Record

I tried to boot to a floppy disk, and then typed fdisk /mbr got an error message.

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by astrocat123 In reply to No Master Boot Record

your machine should be able to see the second hard drive if you have the jumper cableling correct. to extrat the information if the drive is still good and the cabeling is correct, i would look for a drive recovery software program preferably free of cousre at either cnet.com or zdnet.com

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by laubach In reply to No Master Boot Record

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by BuffaloDan In reply to No Master Boot Record

The mastewr boot record is integrates between the OS and your Bios/system board.
it lays out the logical definitions for your drive/partition. Without this, the drive is not available to windows at all.

If fdisk /mbr does not solve, you may needa direct editor, Norton utilities has one

Also, some bios overlay products can cause similar problems, if they have been incorrectly removed.

Try EZBios or MAxBlast, they might be able to ressurect this drive.

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by BuffaloDan In reply to No Master Boot Record

"Western Digital" will allow you to download ezbios, and "maxtor" has maxblast

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by laubach In reply to No Master Boot Record

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by acsbillw In reply to No Master Boot Record

Go to a command prompt and type this in.

C:fisk /mbr

Then hit enter. This has worked for me several times.
Good Luck

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by laubach In reply to No Master Boot Record

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by imrankasu In reply to No Master Boot Record

copy comand.com and io.sys from another system and place it in the root directory after booting from a startup disk

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