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Can not see mbr, partitions on Winxp hard drive

I am running Winxp pro- I tried to install Norton Systemworks with GOBACK to protect my computer and ending up with major problems.  During the installation (which was from Symantec's website - so I have no CD) it said it completed but when I went to reboot I keep getting boot up errors.  I went to Norton's website and read, and downloaded, and read and downloaded on how to remove GOBACK (which is my problem) from the MBR.  Nothing would work.  I tried some 3rd party software and now, in complete frustration have wiped out the MBR with no back ups.  Now I am using a 3rd party software Restorer2000 to retrieve my lost data- which in demo mode looks like it will be real easy and I can recover almost 100 percent of my data.  SO, here is my question, once I recover my data, I would like to try and "recreate" MBR so it sees my partitions as it once did and have it be able to boot to XP again.  Reason for it , is I have so many programs purchased that require keys and if you reinstall you have to go back and tell them what an idiot you are and have them issue a new ket, etc......... Or I have programs but have misplaced the intall CD's.  Can anyone help.

Thanks
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mcp_jonCommented:
Try one of this programs :

http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm                         Spinrite
http://www.runtime.org/                              GetDataBack NTFS or FAT
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                              Stellar
http://www.bitmart.net/                              Restorer 2000
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                    Restoration
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html               Active undelete
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm               pc Inspector
http://www.handyrecovery.com/download.shtml                    Handy Recovery
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartrecovery.html               flash recovery
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/               Easy Recovery
http://www.cgsecurity.org                              Test Disk + utils
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/setup.exe                    zero assumption
http://www.stompsoft.com/recoverlostdata.html                    Recover Lost Data
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                         RecoverMyFiles
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-1035_11-1051391.html#          Disk Commander
http://us.mcafee.com/root/package.asp?pkgid=105               EasyRecovery

One of them should help you out !

Best Regards !
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Cqueen34Author Commented:
I'm using the restorer2000 as mentioned to recover the data - are you saying it may restore the MBR as well?
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mcp_jonCommented:
To simply Restore the MBR, insert the XP Cd and boot into the Recovery Console and type " Fix MBR " and " Fix BOOT ".

This should do it !

Best Regards !
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Cqueen34Author Commented:
Its too late to uninstall goback, I wiped the MBR out.  I tried the recovery console, fixboot worked and created a boot sector, but Fix MBR does nothing. I recovered most of my "data files", just trying to see if I can make the hard drive whole again like it once was.  Thanks for info, keep it coming!!
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mcp_jonCommented:
Glad to know that Fixboot went OK for you !

Even though, I send you the "how to" for Fix MBR :

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/bootcons_fixmbr.mspx?mfr=true "

Best Regards !

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Cqueen34Author Commented:
Ok, MCPJon, I will give that a drive. I can see the drive in the recovery console under D:, so I tried fixmbr d: and that didn't do it, so I will try like your link says - when I get back to town. Thanks!
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mcp_jonCommented:
No problem !

Best Regards !
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Cqueen34Author Commented:
I can't seem to make the FixMbr work.  When I use fixmbr \device\harddisk.........Do I use the disk(0) number , or the rdisk(1) number?  I did try both and get nothing on each.  Any other suggestions?  Thanks
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nobusCommented:
if you are running Goback, fixmbr will not work, you need to uninstall Goback.
Look here :

www.itreviews.co.uk/discuss/1154

i'm afraid your in for a fresh install - backup what you need, and get it done
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AlexGGGGCommented:
You may want to try DiskPatch from http://www.diydatarecovery.nl
Never tried it myself, but looks like it fits the problem description pertty well.
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Cqueen34Author Commented:
Thanks for all your help.  AlexGGG and MCPJon were the most valuable, although it put the accepted answer on the wrong one with MCPJoN.  With MCPJON, I was able to use Restorer2000 to make a copy of all my important DATA before messing with the partitions.  No remember, when WinXP was looking at this harddrive from Disk Managment - it saw a "new drive, not partioned or formatted".  Anyways, I was able to use MCPJons tip to get the data copied and AlexGGG - I tried the diskpatch and while I believe it would of solved my problem - the program is a little rough to go through, HOWEVER, I was able to at least begin to fix the harddrive.  The solution that ultimately worked and restored my partitions exactly as they were before was TESTDISK at http://www.cgsecurity.org/testdisk.html - a great program!!  So between you two and testdisk and experts-exchange, I'm starting to feel as though there is nothing I can't do when something goes wrong to make it right!  You guys are great!

Thanks again

Chris
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mcp_jonCommented:
No problem !

Thanks for the Points and the Nice Words !!

It's always good to be recognized ;)

Best Regards !
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