After Critical Updates were installed today (likely the past 8 updates with a couple of reboots between), the machine has lost it's hard drive boot record. The machine had been working fine and had real time virus protection enabled with the latest updates so do not highly suspect a trojan boot virus (but its always possible). It rarely uses email or gets on the Web other than for Windows updates.
In booting from the Win2K CD and going to the Recovery Console + Emergency Repair; selecting and running just the boot disk check and fix routine, the program would not automatically fix it. I do not have Emergency Recovery floppies for this machine but could create them on another. I am ready to try some other recovery methods before attempting a reload but *not clear on the exact process of doing recovery* in this case. I do not want to risk losing the data on this file sharing machine with an Access Database. I do have a tape backup through last night but I never trust tape unless the last recovery resort (from past experience) and have new data entered in the database this morning.
Help!... need to get this back running quickly.