Missing MBR

Samsung Samsung 160gb (hm160hc) 5400rpm...
January 8, 2010 at 19:47:41
Specs: Windows XP, 512
Hi,
I formatted the drive and I guess deleted the MBR, It's a new HDD that I am trying to install with Win XP on a Averatc Laptop, Can anyone help me get this Master Boot record sorted out,
Appreciate it, Bob Bala

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#1
January 8, 2010 at 20:20:06
I formatted the drive and I guess deleted the MBR,

No you didn't. It can be very difficult to delete the MBR even when you want to, I need a utility that writes nothing but zeros to the entire hard disk.

The MBR is created and maintained during the partitioning process. Formatting does absolutely nothing to it.

Maybe if you tell us what is really the problem someone can tell you what to do about it.

Stuart


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January 8, 2010 at 20:53:20
Hi Thanks for the prompt reply,
Below I am writing step by step of what happened:
1. Installed the HDD on the laptop, and started installing XP.
2. Partitioned the Drices to 3 partitions and started installing on the primary partition
2. Wrong windows XP CD so changed it to the right one and did not allow with the new product & key,
Friend mentioned format the disk so it will delete the old XP and then reinstall the New XP, so I took all the partitions out (Deleted the vol)and combined into 1 volume and formatted the disk
3. I started getting the message MBR missing Press Ctl Alt Del to restart,
Here I am
Appreciate your help
Regards
Bob Bala

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#3
January 8, 2010 at 22:40:08
Boot from the right CD. Delete all partitions and create new ones, never mind about combining partitions. It is probably that with all the messing about the MBR got hopelessly corrupted. When that happens the only thing to do is to go back to square one and start again.

Format does not delete partitions. All format does is prepare a partition for the installation of software, sets up the file system and puts sector markers on the disk.

Stuart


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