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5. Disk Hacks > 49. Fix the Partition Boot Sector on NTFS Partitions

Fix the Partition Boot Sector on NTFS Partitions

Use FIXBOOT to restore the ability to boot from your NTFS hard drive.

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

FIXBOOT 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. FIXBOOT has one function, similar to DOS’s SYS: to write fresh boot information on the disk drive.

Warning

Do not use this method to repair a primary active boot partition that uses GRUB or LILO boot managers [Hack #50] . Apply it only to the specific drive or partition containing an NTFS boot sector.


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