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Posted on 2004-04-08
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Ok here's what happened! I have one hard drive for the operational system and another hard drive for data on the second hard drive I have one ntfs partition and a fat32 logical drive, so I decide to install partition commander just to create the bootdisks I did not do any partition job on this computer, when you install that software it ask you if you want it to manage the boot I did select that so I booted the computer and the 1 drive was accessible and the logical drive of the second drive but the primary ntfs partition of the second drive was not accessible or ask you to format it so I uninstalled the software and I know it did some kind o change on the second drive MBR, now is there a way to bring my ntfs partition back with my data without massing with my logical drive?

This one I need help.
Thank you all
jdff
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by:vasanthgnb
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Hai,
  First check whether that NTFS partition is getting detected in fdisk. try running scandisk. if you get any error messages, post them here. Try fdisk /mbr command to correct the master boot record.
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If I run the fdisk/mbr will that affect my fat32 logical drive?

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No, it will not affect the logical drives. It just fixes the Master boot record of your hard disk. Nothing to do with the partition sector of your hard drive.
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How can I run it on windows 2000?

I'm still having problems. Please help.

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vasanthgnb earned 500 total points
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Hai,
In windows 2000 there is no fdisk command. So you have to boot your machine in 2000 recovery mode. Go to recovery console and use Fixmbr command to fix your hdd mbr.

To start the Recovery Console, you can:

1. Boot the Windows 2000 CD-ROM and press F10 at the Welcome screen, or Press Repair and Console.

2. Boot the Windows 2000 setup floppies and press F10 at the Welcome screen, or Press Repair and Console.

The command is

fixmbr [device-name]

device-name Optional name that specifies the device that needs a new MBR. If this is left blank then the boot device is used.

If fixmbr detects an invalid or nonstandard partition table signature, it prompts you before rewriting the MBR.

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B.Vasanth.
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Hai,
   Before entering recovery console and doing the fixmbr command, you better remove the other hard disk from the system. This is just a safety measure. So that when you run fixmbr, it takes the faulty hard disk as the default and fixes its MBR. So don't forget to remove the harddisk, that is working fine, from the system before doing the whole operation.
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B.Vasanth.
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