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fixboot cannot find the system drive or the drive specified is not valid


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#1 johnnycase

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 10:39 AM

Long sad story. Please bear with me.

My drive was dying but was still recoverable using commercial recovery software. Unfortunately, I only did a partial recovery and when I tried again, the drive had failed further to where there was no longer a drive letter and the commercial recovery software was no longer an option. So I tried Recovery Console but got "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: system32\drivers\ntfs.sys. So i installed a floppy drive, and tried to copy a new ntfs.sys onto the hard drive but i got "access is denied". The i tried a dir on the c drive and i got "an error occurred during directory enumeration". Following some other online discussions I tried a "fixmbr" which was successful but accomplished nothing. Then i tried "fixboot" and got "fixboot cannot find the system drive, or the drive specified is not valid". I've also tried chkdsk /r and got "the volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems".

The drive is a Western Digital 400gb (wd4000yr) and i'm on an xp pro hp system.

Short of paying a gazillion dollars to DriveSavers, anyone have any more suggestions? I'm nearing the end of my rope!

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 11:36 AM

It sounds like you have some physical problems with the hdd. I would to to the Western Digital web site and download their diagnostic tool and run it. This should provide you with an accurate account of the hdd.

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 11:53 AM

Have you read the following?

Ways To Recover Your Data - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/111937/ways-to-recover-your-data/

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 01:26 PM

I think i tried the western digital diagnostic but it couldn't see the drive. But I'll try again. And I'll also review the "ways to recover" post.

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 01:35 PM

Here is Microsoft about it - more or less - ""Missing or corrupt Ntfs.sys" error message when you restart Windows XP after you convert your hard disk to the NTFS file system" Link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822800

Edited by ePost, 09 January 2009 - 01:36 PM.


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Posted 09 January 2009 - 07:16 PM

Hard drives die. Some give notice before dying, others die abruptly.
Sounds to me like there's not much hope if the manufacturer's diagnostic can't recognize it.
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