Ok I was asked to look at a computer for my Grandfather. It is several years old but still wrapped up. He turned it on once and it failed to boot up and he didn't do anything to fix it. That is the story I got. Using my own equipment I have tested and confirmed that everything is working up to the HDD. I swapped my laptop HDD for the one installed and was able to boot up and use the computer normally. The HDD is a Seagate Momentum 5400.5 (http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/datasheet/disc/ds_momentus_5400_5.pdf
) PDF of manual, in case that helps. So I grabbed my windows 7 install disk to try a recovery on it. That is how I found out the Master Boot Record is toast. So I tried the auto fix in the recovery console and no joy. I got into the BIOS again and confirmed that the drive is detected I ran the memory checking tool included on the windows 7 install disk and got a clean scan. I also tried the basic bootrec.exe /fixmbr from the command prompt. Still getting the message that the drive is not a bootable drive. I don't have a USB shell that will work with this type of drive either. Honestly I think that I am just so frustrated that I cannot think of a solution. Does anyone know of a USB bootable that will perform a low level format repair the partition and over-write/repair the MBR, heck even something that will be able to repair the MBR from a bootable USB... I have already tried Seatools Diskwizard no joy there. I have considered MBRWizard but I have no experience with it. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
limited info obviously since I cannot boot the drive at all.
Thanks in Advance for any help anyone can give