• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 2639
  • Last Modified:

Need to recover NTFS partition after running CHKDSK /FIXMBR on laptop hard drive

have an Inspiron 6400 laptop that was having boot up issues (corrupted OS files) running XP Home.

i inadvertantly ran CHKDSK /FIXMBR and now I can no longer access the data on that partition.

a past post suggested:  http://www.cgsecurity.org (running TestDisk to restore the backup MBR)....only problem there is i need a bootable CD to run it off of (assuming that will work).

bottom line, need to recover the data from that partition that had CHKDSK /FIXMBR run on it.  

2 Solutions
you can use a partition recovery software, such as disk internals. i have had alot of success with this software
Hi you can sort a boot disk from here


However havent heard of chkdsk and fixmbr causing data loss before but let me know how you get on
You could use ubcd4win, from a bootable usb drive, using this method (but you need access to a Server 2003 installation):

You will need UBCD4Win, PEtoUSB from This Site, and Windows Server 2003. It does not HAVE to be the full liscensed version but this is prefered. Build your UBCD4Win as you would like including building an ISO. Then extract 3 files from the ISO and expand them using cabarc or any other compression util that will expand cab files and extract NTDETECT.COM, RAMDISK.SYS, and SETUPLDR.BIN. After extraction, run PEtoUSB and point it to your flash drive/2GB partition of a large hard drive and have it format and copy the files. After copying, copy and replace the three files you extracted from Server 2003 and replace them in your USB drive accordingly.
(from http://ubcd4win.com/forum/index.php?s=6e1bd5c769290349810a32161e8fa0ab&showtopic=2405&pid=53348&st=180&#entry53348)
PeToUSB: http://gocoding.com/page.php?al=petousb
UBCD4Win: http://www.ubcd4win.com/
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Featured Post

Get expert help—faster!

Need expert help—fast? Use the Help Bell for personalized assistance getting answers to your important questions.

Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now