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5. Disk Hacks > 48. Fix the Master Boot Record on NTFS Partitions

Fix the Master Boot Record on NTFS Partitions

Windows NT, 2000, XP, and Windows Server 2003 users having problems accessing or booting from an NTFS disk can use the FIXMBR program to rewrite a new Master Boot Record on the hard drive.

FIXMBR is available only through the Recovery Console feature of Windows NT, 2000, XP, or Windows Server 2003. To access the Recovery Console, you must boot up with recovery diskettes you made during installation of the OS or select the recovery options from the installation CD. FIXMBR has one function, just like DOS’s FDISK /MBR: to write a new Master Boot Record on the disk drive.

Warning

Do not use the DOS FDISK program to replace the Master Boot Record on an NTFS drive, as doing so can render the drive and data inaccessible.


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