repairing a boot sector from Windows XP

Dell Latitude d600
November 3, 2010 at 04:49:07
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 3GHz / 2048 MB
Hi. I'm trying to restore/fix my MBR from within windows on a drive I have on a docking station. I just want to repair the MBR and in the old days of DOS etc it was so easy. Why does it seem so impossible now?!

I don't want to do it via a recovery console, I just want to repair it from within windows XP home SP3 to a drive I have just imaged.

The original drive I had was failing and wasn't booting properly anymore so I imaged it and wrote it back to an identical fully working drive. When I plugged in the drive it just simply said "MISSING BOOT SECTOR" or something along those lines.

I'm assuming the cloning software I used (DRIVEIMAGE XML) doesn't write the boot information properly with the image.

Cheers for any advice.


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November 3, 2010 at 05:23:57
Sorry people, I forgot to set drive as "active" in disk manager. it's all working now. duh!
Thanks anyway.

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