Corrupt Boot sectors / incorrect MBR - xp will not boot
Posted on 2009-05-13
hello all, new member and my first post - i've been struggling with this for weeks and now i'm turning to you for some help! basically I have a thinkpad t60 that will not boot.
Initially I got the black screen with an error "error loading operating system"
i think the computers main C partition was NTFS(55gb) and a second "recovery partition" FAT32(5gb).
If i plug the drive into a working computer - the main partition is displayed as unformatted.
I would very much like to get my files off this partition.
i tried a program called TESTDISK....the Analysis lists the first partition [NTFS] twice which which according to the testdisk wiki "points to a corrupted partition or an invalid partition table entry"
It also lists a second partition [FAT32] (the factory installed IBM recovery partition).
after being advised to run FIXBOOT and FIXMBR via the recovery console - I did so - and now when i attempt to boot i get black screen & the message "missing NTLDR"
in addition to that change - i now get different results from a TESTDISK scan....
it no longer shows the NTFS partition - but a new (and way too small) FAT12 partition and the "recovery partition"
can anyone help?