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#1 11 years ago

how do u fix a mbr error




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#2 11 years ago

repartition and then reformat your hard drive.


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#3 11 years ago

so do a system recover?




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#4 11 years ago
who frankwahl;3846120so do a system recover?

Its actually more extensive than that. You need to completely reformat your drive, and then repartition it, and install the OS all over again to fix that problem.




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#5 11 years ago

would i just beable to get a new hd and do a system restore on that?




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#6 11 years ago

if your system restore allows it. I assume you referring to a restore disk used by dell, hp, gateway, etc.. in which case if you swap the hard drive it may not let you.

Basically what Anubis said, just in the opposite order, you need to repartition then format the drive to NTFS. Here's a free way to do this but it's going to take some downloading to do so.

Go onto Microsoft Corporation and download an evaluation copy of xp, burn said copy and just run it through the blue screen setup. By blue screen I'm referring to the non graphical setup where you have no mouse control. During this setup, it'll prompt you saying you have no partition to hold windows and it found a physical drive, or something to that nature. Follow the on screen instructions to create a new partition. When it's created you'll see on your screen for the selection 'unformatted disk space' or something along those lines. (my memory is sketchy regarding the setup text) and will give you options on formatting the drive. Choose NTFS (quick format) and that should do it.

From there, you should be able to use your system restore disk on the hard drive still installed and your mbr should be fixed. If not, I'm afraid it's more extensive and you'll probably need to contact the manufactor to get a replacement.


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