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pschan

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hi, i have a similar problem but when i boot up it says "error loading os" or "unable to load os"
I also tried the startup repair with the same results as op, the report says mbr was corrupt, tried /fixmbr it said completed successfully but it didn't change anything, /fixboot and /rebuildbcd didn't work as it could not detect an os,
anyways, i dl ubuntu 11.10 and i can't access any of the files, it says the hdd is not partitioned and the only thing i can do is format the drive, are there any other ways to access my files, or am i hooped? thanks
 
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Sounds like you may have lost your partitions so you could try this tool http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

This guide shows how to repair the boot sector in Vista, slightly different from what you have tried, fixmbr is for XP. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392/en-us

If nothing gets it going then I would suspect your hard drive is failing, run the diagnostics as detailed below.

This disc may find your files but as you have already tried something similar it could just be a shot in the dark. Ubuntu Live CD to back up files from your dead Windows running this from a live CD may get there, unless that is what you have already tried.

Identify the make of your hard drive and then use one of the links below to get the manufacturer's diagnostics for ISO (CD) not the one for Windows.
When the download is complete right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD.
In Windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool then follow the prompts. For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software. ImgBurn
Install the program and start the application. Select the top left hand option to burn image file to disk and then on the next window click on the small yellow folder icon and browse to the file you have downloaded from the links below. Then click on the two grey discs with the arrow in between (bottom left) and leave it to complete the operation.
Boot the PC into the Bios setup and set the CD/DVD drive to 1st in the boot sequence. Insert the disk in the drive then reboot and the disc will load into dos.
Excelstore
Hitachi/IBM
Samsung
Seagate, Maxtor & Quantum
Western Digital
Toshiba/Fujitsu
If you have a Toshiba/Fujitsu hard drive I would suggest the use of the diagnostics from the Seagate link as this will work on all makes of drive and on any OS.
 

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How do I use the partition tool? it looks like a program i would need to install, that doesn't really help me if i have no working os to install it on
 

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Hi,
You follow the guide posted by Mark1956 which tell you how to use a 'live CD' rather than an installed operating system. That is the link to "Ubuntu live cd ...." above.

Hope this helps?

Richard
 

pschan

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so following instructions from link above for ubuntu live: using ubuntu 10.04, navigating to places/computer, no drives show up, the only thing there is filesystem..... using ubuntu 11.10 i found the drive by going to applications/disk utility but from there nothing for me to do except format the drive like i said before,

WD hdd diagnostics cd did not work, couldn't even get it to run, d/l the iso from WD, tried to run it and it gives me message "Unable to locate the licence agreement file, dlglice.txt; please make sure that the license agreement file is located in the same path as dlgdiag.exe"
 
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You should really be trying to recover your files before making any changes to the partitions which could end up making that impossible.

There are file recovery options in Testdisk which is available as a boot CD image and is also already installed on Parted Magic. Parted Magic also has other file recovery tools, and Testdisk can also be used to attempt to recover the partitions, either after you get your files, or after at least trying to get your files.

Testdisk (for Windows)
Testdisk Boot Floppy Image
Testdisk on Live CD

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Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)
If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.
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The Easeus Partition Manager boot CD is not available in the free edition. It also cannot be used in Ubuntu.
 
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If you do not wish to purchase Easeus Partition Master in order to be able to make the bootable disk, Testdisk and its bootable CD are free.
 

pschan

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ok, so i tried bootmed, but it's a ubuntu remix so same as before I can't see the drive,
now trying parted magic, i tried running testdisk and it says no "harddisk found"
double clicking the disk health icon on the desktop, i can see the drive, but it says unknown model and i can't do anything with it, right clicking to bring up menu, i have the option of view details and re-read data, both come up with "cannot retrive smart data; device open failed, or device did not return an identify device structure"

Now what?
 
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