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Can not fix MBR


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#1 smartinez281

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 11:04 AM

Hello,

My friend recently gave me his Asus Aspire One to repair because it does not boot up into XP. I thought it was weird so I just decided to try to reinstall XP on it using WinTOFlash to make the USB a bootable image. When I try to enter the XP setup and try to format the drive, it states that the "Setup has determined that drive C: is corrupted and cannot be repaired". I found this odd,so still with the USB in,I try to boot into the GUI mode (as if it finished step one..again this is using WinToFlash) and VOILA! The Windows XP splashcreen, login screen and the desktop loads fine. Seeing that it is odd I restart,boot from usb and this enter the recovery console. In the console,however, I do NOT see "C:\Windows" as an option..I just see "C:\>_" where "_" is the blinking cursor.
I have been up for the past 2 hours trying to figure out what is wrong.
edit: I also tried to use chkdsk while I could go in the desktop via the usb being in,but still did not fix anything

Edited by smartinez281, 13 August 2011 - 11:07 AM.


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Posted 13 August 2011 - 04:05 PM

Backup anything needed from the drive, run the drive makers diagnostics, if it passes the run Darik's boot and nuke the drive to total wiped state and see what happens.

Or just put in a test drive and do a install to eliminate the rest of the hardware.

And it could pass diagnostics and a wipe and still not work. I've seen that happen.


Good Luck

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 12:11 AM

Backup anything needed from the drive, run the drive makers diagnostics, if it passes the run Darik's boot and nuke the drive to total wiped state and see what happens.

Or just put in a test drive and do a install to eliminate the rest of the hardware.

And it could pass diagnostics and a wipe and still not work. I've seen that happen.


Good Luck

Any good tools to create a bootable usb? I tried using unetboot but it does work. It installs just fine on the flash (sandisk 4gb cruzr) but when I boot from it on the netbook, i get the BOOTMGR not found error. That is when I have it formatted as FAT32. When I have it formmated as NTFS, I get the UNetbootin menu,with just the word Default and a countdown from 10 that repeats

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 10:18 AM

I'm afraid I do not recall what I used last time I needed a bootable USB.
I've always just used a USB optical drive when I needed to load Windows onto a Netbook.

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