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By Neodragon ·
I am trying to replace a file: partmgr.sys via the recovery console. However it says access is denied. How can I get around this?
It seems I need to replace this driver because I get the following error message as I try to reinstall Windows XP:

"0x000000CE (0xF7933667,0x00000000,0xF7933667,0x00000000)

I am trying to reinstall windows because my computer fails to boot up. I dont seem to hear any hard disk noise when I restart then get a black screen saying:

"A disk error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

This is as far as booting gets. There is no floppy disk in the drive. Safe Mode doesn't work

Through the console:

typing Fixmbr I get: "Writing new master boot record on physical drive \Device\Harddisk0\Partition0. The new master boot record could not be written. The disk may be damaged"

Typing: Chkdsk /P gives the response: "4% completed' It then waits 5 mins and says: "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems"

Typing Chkdsk /R gives the same response as Chkdsk /P

I am pretty sure my hard disk is dead but I would like to try replacing the partmgr.sys file first before I go buying another disk. Oh, and I am using a Dell Inspiron 8200 - a laptop

Please help.

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by TheChas In reply to partmgr.sys

You have one of 2 problems here.

First, if your hard disk is bad, you cannot replace a file on the drive.

Second, working from the quasi-DOS mode of the recovery console, you are limited in disk access.

3rd, you may actually have virus infection, and only need the correct virus removal tool.

To double check the drive, get a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter and mount the drive as a slave or secondary drive in a working desktop PC that has either XP or W2K installed.
Make sure that the PC has up to data anti-virus software and virus definition files.

See if the disk tools can repair or recover the drive.

If data recovery from the drive is NOT an issue. You can delete the primary partition and start over.


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by pazz9 In reply to partmgr.sys

if the disk is nt too bad and data recovery is needed, then use getdatabackforntfs. its brill and has saved me enough for me to reccomend it.

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