Help required! Windows 2000 no longer boots.

Posted on 2006-05-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-13

Ok, I have 2 hard drives, primary and secondary.
Primary has windows 2000.
Secondary was for storage.  I partitioned the second and installed Linux.  I had a dual boot system (Lilo).
Recently I was running low on space, and I never use Linux so I removed the partition.

When I rebooted I got this message:

"Searching for boot record from IDE-0..OK

I can still access the BIOS, but not much use other than to change the boot order.  All cds and both hard drives are still detected.
I couldn't find my WIN2K cd so I borrowed one, and I tried to boot from it, and received this message:

"Boot record not found on cdrom.."

Now, looking at the win2k cd, it is fairly scratched and there is a stain on it, I am hoping (!) that the cd is messed up and unreadable.  Maybe thats grasping at straws.

Anyway I am trying to get a lend of another windows2k cd to try it.  I just want to repair the MBR if that is the problem.
I cant use a floppy boot disc as my floppy drive doesn't work, thought I would never need it.

One thing I also tried - I removed the secondary hard drive and tried to boot, same thing occurred.

Can anyone help here?


Question by:sterankin
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    Expert Comment

    Hi there sterankin,

    you need to boot upto from either a floppy drive (maybe borrow a USB one) or CD into command prompt and run:


    This will sort your problem and allow you to boot from your windows partition again.  The problem you have is that lilo (LInux LOader) is no longer present.


    Author Comment


    ok so will a windows 2000 disc work?  or even XP as I could borrow an XP one (everyone seems to have XP!)

    Can you confirm how to boot with a cd into command prompt?

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    Insert the CD in the drive and when it says 'Press and key to boot from CD' press a key.  If this does not come up then you may have to go into your BIOS and change the boot order so the CD drive is checked for a boot record before the Hard Drives.

    Once this is done and you boot from the CD it will appear you are going through the process of formatting the PC.  Do not worry about this as you will get an option to select recovert console.  Do this and you eventually gain access to your drive in a black command line interface.  Once you are there type 'fixmbr' and press return.

    This should fix the Master Boot Record.  Now reboot and you should be back in business!

    Author Comment

    Thanks, I will try and get another windows 2k disc - could I try the windows XP one to fix the MBR? Or is that just plain silly :)
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    Expert Comment

    I would rather use the same as the OS - just in case!

    Author Comment


    Got a cd and it worked a treat - back in business!

    Thanks for the info.

    Kind Regards,


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