|I have a new computer (second hand). Because I wanted to change the partitions I installed Partition Magic 8. When starting this program for the first time it produced an error message (don't remember which one exactly) and asked whether I wanted to fix it. I answered yes (big mistake!) and it said it fixed it and needed to reboot.|
Since then the pc won't start up anymore. When turning the computer on, it asks about starting a RAID utility (there were 2 hard drives and about 10 partitions). Then I have the option to start WinXP from the c-drive or the d-drive (I know WinXP is installed on both drives). It doesn't matter which I choose, I subsequently get the Windows start-up screen and that screen remains there for 7 or 8 minutes after which it automatically resets.
The PC won’t boot up either from the WinXP cd-rom, WinXP start-up floppy disk, nor from a Win98 start-up floppy disk. It only starts up using the start-up floppy disks that I made when installing Partition Magic 8. Partition Magic 8 states about the hard drive (the one on which WinXP is installed): "partition table error #120 found". It also refuses to format the hard drive (is states the drive is BAD and gives the error “Error #4 Bad argument/parameter” and “BADMBR, Primary volume, 238472.7 MB on Disk1“. http://www.computing.net/answers/ha... seems to describe something similar but I’m unable to understand what is written there.
With regard to the specifications of the PC (which is custom-build): Information I see on the screen when turning the PC on:
- Asus A8N-SLI Premium
- SIL 3114 SATARaid
- LBA Sata 2, 250gb & LBA Sata 2, 750gb.
- In the bios I read:
Primary IDE Master: None
Primary IDE Slave: HL-DT-STDVD-ROM
Secondary IDE Master: TSSTCorpCD/DVDW
Secondary IDE Slave: None
First SATA Master: WDC WD2500KS-00M
Second SATA Master: Samsung HD753LJ
HDD Smart monitoring: enabled
- 2.5Ghz, 1GB ram
How to fix this? Partition Magic seems to have done something that has made the hard drive defective.
The problem seems similar to one described at a German forum: http://www.nickles.de/forum/festpla...
Do you think it would be an idea to boot up with the floppy disks of Partition Magic and then, as I think the German forum is suggesting, run killmbr.exe (http://www.wintotal.de/softwarearchiv/?rb=53&id=1874)? This program deletes the first sector of the specified disk. (I have no idea what this means, but I guess you do) Do you think it would be an idea just to try this?
I can also boot up using the Partition Magic floppy disks and then run FDISK. Could I use this program to fix the problem? FDISK states:
Partitions on 1st hard disk (8024.6 mb, 1023 cylinders):
No Drive Start End MB Status Type
1 -- 0 1023 16002.2 A NTFS/HPFS
2 -- 1023 1023 222470.4 N VFAT LBA (2)