XP has a nasty bug that destroys the boot record. If you haven't updated to SP1 you are vulnerable to the problem . . . I've never been able to recover form this problem. . . I've seen it several times and formating the hard drive may be the only way to restore the boot record.
As I cannot access the recovery console to run the chkdsk /r command, nor can I reinstall windows as they freeze at the point when Windows is "Examining Startup Environment", or they just come up with the PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA.
Are their any 3rd Party programs that are effective in fixing this problem, or restoring the boot record?
I had this problem not so long ago, tried everything, nada.
I ended up using a HDD converter, as it was a laptop hdd, running the bad hdd as the slave in a workstation, copied everything the client needed up to the nw, then pulled down all of the data to his machine, which had a new hdd installed.
One thing Ive found w/ the converters, the machines have to be running the same file system for the master to see the slave, and even then, it doesn't always work. Sometimes it will see it, but you won't be able to access it.
This was a Dell Latitude, Dell uses proprietary IDE cables, so I had to install the standard cables, cross my fingers.
If all else fails, jumper it as a slave, and try to pull your important data to the master drive. Good luck.
Visit the web site of the manufacturor. Even as we speak, I'm try to recover data from a drive - this one crashed. I installed it as a slave and still had to use data recovery software from On-Track to extract the data. But the software worked and I've been successful extracting the data.
Ok...after research several Tech Forum...I have tried using the XP CD setup disk to recovery it was UNABLE to find a hard drive or setup a new WinXP. I physicially checked the cable and it is not loose and anything.
Does anybody has the same problem? The only option I havent tried is as Mircosoft suggest replaced with a new 80pin wire. Any suggest would be appreciated. Thanks.
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