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Help needed with fixing MBR (WinXP Home SP1)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Colin O'Dell, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. Colin O'Dell

    Colin O'Dell Guest

    Hello. I've been having a lot of computer problems lately and one of
    them has been my bootloader (GRUB). So I followed somebodies advice
    and created a bootdisk and used "fdisk /mbr". Now it just says
    "Missing Operating System". How do I fix this with having to reformat
    my hard drive or lose any data currently on it?
    Colin O'Dell, Jul 8, 2003
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  2. Colin O'Dell

    Dave Guest

    boot from the XP CD.
    use the R command to enter the recovery console
    type fixmbr

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    Dave, Jul 8, 2003
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  3. Colin O'Dell

    zutme Guest

    The easiest way to do this is to insert a Windows XP install disk
    (make sure your first boot device is set to cd-rom in your BIOS).
    Boot your PC with the disk in and wait until you are presented with
    some sort of dialouge asking you what you want to do. Press 'R' which
    will open your recovery console. At the prompt type 'FIXMBR'. This
    will set your MBR back to default, and you should be golden. This
    might be unecessary but dont include the quotes around the command
    that would be a real stupid mistake. I hope this works for you I had
    a similar problem a couple of months ago.

    zutme, Jul 9, 2003
  4. Colin O'Dell

    tarl smith Guest

    good help but...

    ... if that dont work type 'FIXBOOT C:' instead, again without quotes
    tarl smith, Jul 9, 2003
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