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God Help Me! My Boot Sector is Gone!

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by BPM, Jan 6, 2002.

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  1. BPM

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    Please Help! Urgent Help Required!

    Hi There,

    For some unknown reason, turned my computer on today only to have my computer tell me no OS found and I cannot access my C: I suspect the boot partition is corrupt or wiped clean. How can I restore my boot sector (or create a new one), without formating the whole drive. I know the information is there because when I was about to format the drive using my proprietary hard drive software, it asked me if I was okay with losing all my information. Information that up to this point, I was not sure was still there.

    So how to I get a boot sector with out reformating the whole drive?

    Please help.

    By the way, windows 98 and a Maxtor 10GB HD in case that info is helpful.

    Waiting for a response...

    BPM
     
  2. deanas

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    Try booting with your startup floppy.
    See if you can see anything on c drive.
     
  3. BPM

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    Yeah, that was the first thing I tried. No C: detected. That is why I believe the boot sector is corrupt. Looking for a way to restore the boot sector without a full reformat. Any ideas?
     
  4. deanas

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    Oh oh. When the computer first boots there is
    usually a cmos message when it checks memory
    and hard drives and such. Does yours show
    anything like that?
     
  5. BPM

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    Ya, all that stuff shows okay. MY SCSI bios runs too. When it comes to checking for the drive though, it can't find C: It does find my second drive, calls it c: but there is no OS on that drive. I disconnected the 2nd drive, and now it can't find any drive. That would be consistent with zero boot sector. A drive cannot be recognized if its boot sector is absent.
     
  6. deanas

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    You still should be able to see c drive even if
    your mbr is gone when you boot from floppy.
    The mbr is what the computer uses to boot
    the hard drive. It's not necessary if you are
    booting from a floppy.
     
  7. deanas

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    Try checking the cables to see if they have been
    disconnected.
     
  8. BPM

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    Cables for the second drive are disconnected. Even the power. I know the IDE cable and interface is okay, because the CD-ROM is slave on the same cable as drive 1. When I boot from floppy, it tells me there is no FAT 32 partition and lists some possible causes and proceeds to load some standard DOS/Windows diagnostic tools. It puts this info on its own partition that the boot disk creates. Beyond that partition and the files it loads, the entire drive is invisible. Even fdisk dosn't work.
     
  9. deanas

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    Oh oh. Have you tried going into the bios and
    see if something has been changed?
     
  10. BPM

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    No, everything in the BIOS is okay.
     
  11. deanas

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    I'm sorry, I have nothing else to add. If the bios
    doesn't recognize the hard drive and the cables
    are ok... I would say the hard drive is shot.
    But wait a bit for someone else to answer. These
    guys usually have an answer for everything.
     
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    If everything in the Bios is OK then your C drive is still listed there, right?
     
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