I have primary drive and I believe the hard drive's MBR is not functioning. When I tried to boot with my Acer Aspire 5580 laptop it comes to the screen to choose to repair the drive or login normally. When I click on repair the drive nothing happens. When I click on normally, it seems like it tries to login but a blue screen flashes for a split second then reboots and goes back to the same page.
I tried safe mode but the OS just reboots. So I took out the drive and tried to see if I can view the files as an external drive on another vista machine but it says that in order to use it that I need to format the drive.
1) When I go to the Disk Management I can see the drive is formatted and it states Healthy (Active, Primary Partition). Is there some good data software so I can recover the drive?
2) The other question is does anyone know how to repair the MBR or boot sector. I noticed these microsoft posts:
but I can't get to the Windows Recovery Environment or the System Recovery Options or the Start Repair Tool.
I have to try and recover some of the email if I can off the hard drive. There must be a way.