Sector 1 corrupted

Gateway desktop / 503gr
April 5, 2010 at 09:52:17
Specs: Windows
Computer won't go to log in, just cycles thru over and over. Was told that it's a sector 1 corrurtion. Any ideas

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#1
April 5, 2010 at 10:04:40
It could be sector one corrupted, but then it could be many other things as well.

Sector 1 is where the Master Boot Record is stored and that is loaded in the first stage of booting the Operating System. If the MBR cannot be read nothing happens.

You don't say which version of Windows you are using but assuming that you are using Windows XP boot from your Windows XP CD and select the first Repair option. This will put you into the Repair console for which you may need to enter a password. If you don't know what the password is press enter on the password field, it may be blank.

Once you have the prompt type FixMBR. When that's done re-boot and try again. This will rewrite the MBR and repair an corruption.

Stuart


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#2
April 5, 2010 at 10:36:06
... if that does'nt work try booting up from a win98 floppy or cd and type:

FDISK /MBR [press enter]


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#3
April 5, 2010 at 11:23:21
Hi
am i having the same problems i just tryed what u said about the FixMBR.when i pres enter after writing it it says:
the command is not reconised type HELP for a list of supported commands.

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#4
April 5, 2010 at 11:45:42
You have to be in the Recovery Console not a Command Prompt. The only way to get into the Recovery Console is to boot from the Windows CD. with Windows Vista and Windows 7 the procedure is slightly different.

I would not use the Windows 98 Fddsik /MBR on Windows XP Partition.

The two Master boot Records are slightly different. The MBR has to read the Volume Boot Record which i at the beginning of the active partition. It will work if Windows XP is installed on a Fat32 partition but if it is on a NTFS partition the Windows 98 MBR wont be able to read the Volume Boot Record.

Stuart


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#5
April 5, 2010 at 14:06:16
Not an advert but I have used spinrite to fix a lot of drives.
It isn't cheap but it has fixed several OS's that wouldn't
boot or booted and would let me login. It might be wortha
try. found at grc.com

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