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Hmmm, I'll try and make this simple a quick as I need HELP from ONE and ALL!!!
Running WinXP Pro on a decent PC desktop, 60Gb iBM 60Gxp and 40Gb iBM 75Gxp (older).
The 60Gb is my master drive and 40Gb being the slave.
Not 100% sure what happened at the time it all went down, only I simple lost the ability to Boot up the machine.
I get something along the lines of 'No system' can be found on the drive. I guessed the BOOT part of the drive had crashed and tried to restore it. The stupid/bad thing was I used a Windows 2000 recovery disk and it did actually do soemthing to the drive, just NOT the correct MBR (Master Boot Record).
It seems to read as 'Fat12' in Windows itself and only 10Mb.
The DATA which originally was on the drive (about 55Gb worth) is still on the drive, but can't actually access it. I know its there, as I used OnTrack's System Recovery software to read the drive in DOS and Windows booting up on another machine and see's the DATA, which is why I know its still possibly there.
The problem is (not just the above :o ) but if use there software, would I lose the file names, as it shows the files and there exetensions, but NOT there true name!
I don't OWN OnTracks software and want to know is there a cheap/cheaper alternative to do all this. The downloadable version on OnTrack's site is only a Demo/Free edition, which lets you see the files, but thats all!
Please, can someone/anyone help? /snip /
I WAS thinking of using MS-Dos running 'FDisk' to clear the 'MBR' hopefully, then actually run WindowsXP's recovery thingy, then 'FixMBR' in DOS, which say's it should do the trick.
When I use WinXP'z 'FixMBR' it says it done, but when I reboot, it has done anything. I assume because it has the stupid Fat12 created by Win2k recovery disk, its thinking its OK?
I'm thinking that using the 'Fdisk' to clear the Boot/MBR part to then restore/repair with 'FixMBR' from WinXP. Any ideas if that would work?
:bigsmile: So sorry for the long story, but I'm TOTALLY stuck and in need of everyone's help!
Thanks to everyone that managed to read through and possibly help too!!!