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[*] Post 310219 posted on 29-11-2007 at 20:29 Reply With Quote
Hard drive boot sector fault



Hi,
two days ago I recieved a blue screen and the "fatal error" message, and then could not get back into windows, just kept restarting before the welcome screen.
So I was unable to get online to ask for help and had to rely on my works IT man for advise.
I have 2 x 300gig sata hard drives and it turned out to be the one with my windows installation on that was at fault.
I have ended up loading windows onto my other drive.
I beleave the fault on the drive to be the boot sector as I am able to view everything on the disk by using an external enclosure I borrowed.
So I can retreave my data if I have to, but can the boot sector be mended without losing all the data on it?
I can retreave all my data but can I get all my profile settings?
The drive is still under warranty so do I return it or is it just something simple like reformatting it?
If not would it worth buying my own enlosure, I have seen then for about 10, or is the drive likely to be on its way out completely?
Is anything likely to have caused this fault or is it just one of those things, I have run a full virus scan on the drive?

Thanks for any help,

Graham.
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[*] Post 310222 posted on 29-11-2007 at 21:27 Reply With Quote


http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsf/p/fixmbr.htm

I'd suggest you read it CAREFULLY, though.
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[*] Post 310226 posted on 29-11-2007 at 22:04 Reply With Quote


Hi thanks for that, I just wish I had been able to access here yesterday.

Your "CAREFULLY" is worrying me though, is there something that could go wrong? Am I likely to lose the data on that drive?

If I take out my second drive with my new Windows installation on and replace the one with the bad boot sector and my origional Windows and then do the fixmbr routine I am hoping I should be ok.

Thanks for your help,

Graham
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