MBR corrupted

Hewlett-packard / Hp pavilion dv9700 notebo...
April 27, 2011 at 21:51:34
Specs: Windows Win 7 64 bits, AMD VISION / 6 Gb
Hi to all,
I am running an HP dv7 laptop under windows 7 64 bits.
Probably due to a backup/restore software (Acronis, not to name it), my MBR on C: was corrupted, and I get following message :
MBR Error 3
when booting or resuming from hibernation.
However, booting process goes on and I can work normally with the PC.
I cannot repair the MBR with a Windows installation disk, as HP laptops are delivered in Switzerland with the OS on an install partition (to be installled by the user along the selected language, German, French or Italian).
Thanks to all for helping me to repair my MBR without a Windows CD.
Claude

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#1
April 28, 2011 at 00:22:54
You can use a friend's system having the same OS and follow the procedure outlined in here to create a system repair disk. You can also follow the procedure outline in here to repair your mbr, whatever.

CoolGuy


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#2
April 28, 2011 at 00:47:05
Hi suatcini,
I am so thankful to you for your quick post.
Following the step by step instructions on your link, I created successfully a repair CD but, when trying to boot with it, it fails as I get a message that BOOTMGR could not be found.
is there a way to overcome this issue ?
Thanks in advance for your help - Claude

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#3
April 28, 2011 at 00:55:03
Did you follow the second link in my post, which I provided a little bit later, sorry for that, for the procedure to do the repair ?

When you boot to the repair disk, it should not ask for a file on the hard disk because the repair disk is for repairing the system for missing files, for corruptions, etc..

CoolGuy


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#4
April 28, 2011 at 01:18:36
Hi suatcini,
Thanks for your post. In fact, the second link is unfortunatly irrelevant, as booting with the repair disk does not goe further than the message concerning the absence of BOOTMGR, then I kick upon the MBR Error 3 message which I precisely wish to fix...
Kind regards - Claude

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#5
April 28, 2011 at 02:43:21
O.K. Can you try THIS ?

CoolGuy


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#6
April 28, 2011 at 03:18:21
Hi suatcini,
I followed your last link and went to a website where I invested $9.75 to burn a new repair disk which showed up to be exactly the same as the one I had got free of charge via the regular w7 menus... the outcome was obviously the same ... SSDD, as one American friend of mine says.
Anyway, many thanks for your help.
Claude

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#7
April 28, 2011 at 04:50:09
I am sorry I did not want you to reburn the repair disk as you already had one, but rather to follow the procedure written in that site.

I am sorry to advise that I believe you are doing something wrong. When you boot to the repair disk, you do not need bootmgr or anything. That is why we have the repair disk. To repair Bootmgr or repair bcd or whatever.

CoolGuy


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#8
April 28, 2011 at 04:51:55
Make sure you reset your boot order first or you are not booting to the repair disk, you are still booting to the missing mbr. Just set the CD/DVD drive as first in boot order in your BIOS and try again.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
April 28, 2011 at 05:16:53
Good point, Fingers.

The Microsoft document whose link I already provided clearly points out that the BIOS setting should be changed to CD/DVD drive as first boot device when using the repair disk. But Claude B may not have noticed that.

CoolGuy


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#10
April 28, 2011 at 11:10:06
Hi suatcini and Fingers,
I am really thankful to you for your help.
However, I am not really a novice in PC matters, and I know how to boot from a CD.

Unfortunately, when I boot with a W7 repair disk (even after a full shutdown), all I get is the following :

BOOTCD : Couldn't find BOOTMGR

End of story ! then the infamous MBR Error 3 message comes up, and boot goes on.

Sorry guys. All the best.
Claude


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#11
April 29, 2011 at 03:47:44
Sorry if I am misunderstood. I did not not mean to be rude. There are mistakes that people may all make even if they may be real PC gurus.

Do you have the correct repair CD for your system, Win 7 x64 ? If it is of 32-bit flavor, it does not work.

Please check and advise.

CoolGuy


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#12
April 29, 2011 at 05:11:54
Hi suatcini,
I am really grateful to you for your willingness to help me.
Yes, I can confirn that the repair CD Icreated from 2 different ways is definitely 64 bit based.
I am afraid issues come from HP or DELL providers which deliver windows versions heavily customized !!!
Anyway, I tried to solve my problem by executing the bootsect utility via a third party software (this was the clue I found over the inernet). The outcome was null...
Best regards and thanks for your help,
Claude

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#13
April 29, 2011 at 15:58:41
Check your online manual for the method of accessing your recovery partition. From the recovery console I believe you have a few options, One is a full factory restore (This is your last resort since it will wipe your entire drive and return it to factory shipped condition), another should be Start up repair, This one should repair your MBR and get you going again. And for information, I believe that there is a third option that will allow you to do a system restore if the one in Windows does not work due to corruption. I say 'I believe' simply because I understand that HP's may be different than others, but these are essential tools. There should be a key or combination of keys you need to press during start up, before it reaches the boot up point.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#14
April 29, 2011 at 21:33:02
tap the DEL key at boot to get into the bios and make sure the boot order is set to boot the cd/dvd player first. (Other HP computers may allow access to BIOS using the F2 or Esc keys.Press the F1 key after restarting the computer.
HP Tablet PCs may use F10 or F12.)

you may want to recover your files via a linux boot disk, http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubun...

HP supply a recovery partition which can be accessed by repeatedly pressing F10 at startup.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#15
April 30, 2011 at 09:24:44
Thanks to all of you who kindly took the pain to give me inputs that I highly appreciate.
My problem is now in the hands of Acronis support who acknowledges that is due to a bad behaviour of their software when a defrag tool is used ...
Let me hope that I'll have some day a working solution !
Have a nice Sunday - Claude


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#16
May 2, 2011 at 00:46:54
Hi faizanshakyboy,

Many thanks for your very interesting quote. The problem is that this missing bootmgr issue is something like the Ouroboros snake biting its tail !

I could find a W7 install CD but, when I try to boot with it, I precisely get the infamous bootmgr missing message ... therefore, the solution explained in the quoted article does not work.

Have a nice day, Claude


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#17
May 2, 2011 at 05:53:25
Please just check this out.

Hope this helps.

CoolGuy


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#18
May 2, 2011 at 09:41:58
Hi suatcini,

It did help ! I fumbled a little bit my way, but I could finally access the MS repair command line and fix the MBR error with command bootrec.exe /fixmbr. Thanks a lot !

I still have a problem with Acronis boot CD which still does not work, but now it's clearly on their side to play.

It's great to find help on forums like this one !

still many thanks, Claude


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#19
May 2, 2011 at 10:26:18
I am glad you have sorted your problem.

The command that worked "Bootrec.exe /fixmbr" was in fact the second link I provided in my first post #1. But I guess that was overlooked.

CoolGuy


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#20
May 2, 2011 at 10:46:13
Hi suatcini,

Actually, your post about bootrec.exe / fixmbr was not overlooked, but it's only today that I was made aware of how to access repair menus by hitting repeatedly F8 key at boot time...

Have a nice day - Claude


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#21
May 2, 2011 at 20:08:22
Hi faizanshakyboy,

Finally, I got a clue to access repair features without a Windows install disk.
I performed actions as outlined in your quoted article, but the result was null ... bootmgr is still mentioned as missing when I try to boot...

Many thanks for your kind help anyway - Claude


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#22
May 2, 2011 at 23:47:57
you do not need acronis, once you get your machine back up and running, forget acronis and use the win 7 , image creator, partitioner, boot disk, etc etc it will make your life much easier. buy a new external disk, remove the drive, put it in your laptop, setup your machine, once acronis come back with a working answer you can use your original disk as a external drive by dropping it in the external drive case.
then copy your win7 image to the external drive, save your backups to the external drive, and use the rest of the space for storage.
no point in not having a running machine for the sake of the price of a new drive.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#23
May 3, 2011 at 21:21:39
hi princecorum,

Thanks for your advice. I will seriously think over it !

Have a nice day - Claude


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