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Hard Drive MBR failure

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by croix, Sep 6, 2004.

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  1. croix

    croix Thread Starter

    Sep 6, 2004
    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?
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I'd check other hardware, starting with memory.
  3. Tumbleweed36


    Feb 13, 2004

    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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