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Simple one. Where is BOOTMGR and NTLDR stored?


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#1 Shadow Wizard

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:02 PM

Whenever I encounter a boot error like these, my first course of action is to scan the hard drive. I have done too many re-installs that have failed, fixes that only 1/2 work, and so on and so forth because the hard drive has been bad. So, the question is, are these stored right at the beginning of the drive? Or is there not specific place for them? Essentially, if I scan the first GB Of a HDD, and it doesn't find any errors, is it safe to assume that the NTLDR or the BOOTMGR isn't corrupt as a result of a defective HDD?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:40 AM

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsb/g/bootmgr.htm

The above link may answer your questions,even though they're not easily answered,as they're not very logical to my thinking.Your last sentence in particular is rather odd.

İf the hard drive is bad,of course you're going to have boot error problems,of one sort or another.You have done too many re-installs that have failed,fixes that only half work,because the hdd has been bad? Well of course! İf the hdd is not healthy what else can you expect.

Unless i misunderstood your post,that's all i can say i'm afraid.
Perhaps others here may have more to say.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:04 PM

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsb/g/bootmgr.htm

The above link may answer your questions,even though they're not easily answered,as they're not very logical to my thinking.Your last sentence in particular is rather odd.

İf the hard drive is bad,of course you're going to have boot error problems,of one sort or another.You have done too many re-installs that have failed,fixes that only half work,because the hdd has been bad? Well of course! İf the hdd is not healthy what else can you expect.

Unless i misunderstood your post,that's all i can say i'm afraid.
Perhaps others here may have more to say.

So then if I understand that correctly BOOTMGR is an actual file, and thus has the potential to be anywhere on the partition, beginning, middle or end, and thus if I wish to know for sure if the sectors that contain BOOTMGR (Assuming I am only interested in those sectors) it is necessary to scan the whole drive, (Or locate the particular sectors that file is stored in, and scan them.)

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

Scanning the whole drive is always best.




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