Posted 25 September 2009 - 05:56 PM
When I turned on the computer this morning, XP got to the screen where the little blue dots go across the bar, but just kept doing that for several minutes. Usually this machine boots quickly.
I turned the power off, then back on, and got the screen asking which option I wanted for booting. I selected the option to boot normally. The computer got through the list of devices, but then returned to the first screen you see at powerup. Then it showed the screen with the little blue dots and went to the boot options again.
This time I selected safe mode, and got the same result. Then I selected last known good configuration, and got the same result.
I booted from the XP CD and Setup did not find the OS. It offered to reformat the partition, which I did not do.
I read the post about boot fixes on BC and ran Western Digital's diagnostic program. The drive came up clean.
I ran CHKDSK /R from the Windows Recovery Console and it finished with the message: The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems."
I tried again to boot from the hard drive. No luck.
I ran fixmbr from the Windows Recovery Console and got the message, "This computer appears to have a non-standard or invalid master boot record. FIXMBR may damage your partition tables if you proceed. This could cause all the partitions on the current hard disk to become inaccessible. If you are not having problems accessing your drive, do not continue. Are you sure you want to write a new MBR?"
At this point I chickened out. Where do I go from here?