|My recent Windows installation has gone awol after I changed a heatsink and fan. When I try to boot the computer it gets as far as the white "Windows 2000" splash screen then immediately goes to a blue stop screen with "Inaccessible boot device" on it. It does it every time. I tried to run a Windows repair from the CD, but afterwards I booted to the same blue stop screen. Then I tried the CD in recovery console mode, but when it asked me for my password and I entered it, it told me my password was invalid!|
It appears that the fault is in the bootable part of the primary master hdd. If I try to load the Windows Recovery Console it tells me my administrator password is invalid. I know 100% that it is valid, and caps lock is off. I assume my administrator password is stored in the boot sector of the drive? If so, then it appears the Windows CD also cannot access the boot sector.
I did put a fair bit of pressure on the board when changing the fan and heatsink, but I have no reason to suspect at this stage that any damage has occurred as a result of this pressure.
This is a fairly recent installation, less than a month old, and has been running flawlessly up 'til now, with no errors or problems. Something has destroyed my boot sector, I cannot think of any other explanation for the repeated boot failure. It seems the Windows CD is unable to access the boot sector to repair it. Is there a miracle freeware boot sector repair program I can download and image onto a floppy?