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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

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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?
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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

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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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