Hard Drive MBR failure

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croix

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I had a computer crash, and now on bootup it says invalid or missing boot record and hangs on the Screen that says "searching for boot record on HDD-0.

I ran the windows recovery tool, and ran "fixmbr" , and it does not fix the boot record.

If I put the drive in my computer at work(athlon xp 2000, 256mbram, Windows 2000) it recognizes the files, and I can access them with no problems. But putting the drive in my home computer(athlon xp 2000, 768mbram, windows xp pro) as soon as I click on the drive to access it, it says 'drive has no been formatted, would you like to format now?"

Any Ideas?
 
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Hi,

If you want to give it a shot, here is a possible solution that might be valid also for Win2K, but not sure....anyway, worth a shot, but it is actually for XP.....they do have similarities, so I would give it a shot:

This is probably because your boot.ini file is messed up. Here is a possible remedy:

You can boot to the XP cd and when you see the "Welcome to setup" message, press the letter R.
You will then get a DOS prompt.
Then type: chkdsk /p [enter]
When that is done type: fixboot [enter]
Type: Y at the next prompt [enter]
Then type: exit [enter]
The system will now reboot into Windows.

If for some reason that didn't work, you can boot to the recovery console (example above).
Type: "chkdsk /r" [enter]
When done type: exit [enter].
This takes a bit longer, but the system should boot back into Windows
 
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