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My system running XP Home refused to start one day, with a disk error message.  Got it going by running chkdsk, but same thing happened a couple of days later.  After a bit of research I concluded the hd was probably dying, so I cloned it onto a new disk.  No problems starting the system since, but running chkdsk on startup it says "second boot sector in unwriteable".  I can't identify any other problem, the sytem starts and runs apparently normal, so should I be worried by this, and is there a way out?
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The message is not critical and can be ignored, but running chkdsk and letting it finish should have cleared this.  Does it happen everytime you boot up?
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System normally boots without error messages. If I run chkdsk /f from a command prompt, it says it can only do this on the next boot.  It is then that it reports the "second boot sector unwriteable" message.  I don't want to reformat as Microsoft suggest, if the problem is not critical I am happy to leave it be.
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It's supposed to be a backup boot sector, but in your case, the the second sector may be a bad spot on the hard drive.  The primary boot sector is the important one, which should not report errors.  FYI, here is someone else with your problem: http://forum.aumha.org/viewtopic.php?p=26810
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Thanks for the advice, guess I'll live with this unless (or until?) some other problem surfaces.
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