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Problem with Master Boot Sector

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Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 9:52 am:   

Hello. I seem to be having a problem when my computer boots up. It detects the hard drive, and my cd drives, but then stops and gives me and error message saying that it cannot read from the c:. I was told that my boot sector might be corrupted and I need restore my boot sector. How do I restore my boot sector?
Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 10:08 am:   

Although there are programs out there that suppose to restore the boot sector. They may do more damage than good. A corrupt boot sector can be caused by a virus or a bad sector on the hard drive. Your best bet is to bootup on a win98 bootdisk. Run fdisk and repartition the hard drive. Next bootup on the bootup disk again and format the hard drive. Reinstall win98.
Posted on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 9:34 am:   

It also depends on the OS you're using. For instance, if you are running Win2K, then there are other options than Fdisking. YOu might be able to use the recovery console, or using the "Last known good", or even running the FixMBR. If you are running an older OS these are not an option. Would need more info before giving any further advice.

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