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Boot master fail

Q: Boot master fail

I turn on computer and I get Boot master fail. It was working fine. Is that a virus? If so that made my hard drive crash?

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A: Boot master fail

On my computer i accidentely uninstalled the bootmaster or drive now it wont restore .How do i restore it back to factory state tried every thing i dont have an restore cd or disc

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Hey is there anybody out there that could hellp me. When I boot my computer I get a 'primary master hard disk fail' error? message. Is this because the hard disk is not being recognized, if so Is my connection right. The CD-ROM is set @ master, IDE connected to the hard disk, the IDE from the hard disk connected to the mother board. Please help if you can? Sorry if this is not posted in the right place.

I'm new to the BBS, so please be gentle.

A:{SOLVED} Primary master hard disk fail on boot up

I think you want your IDE Hard drive set to Master and your CD set to Slave (if they are using the same cable). If you're setting the CD as Master because it's first in the chain (and you don't have another IDE cable), spend the money and buy a cable and use your primary (for the hard drive) and secondary (for the CD drive) ports on the motherboard.

Why is it that they don't automatically give cables with CD drives?? Makes me nuts - they're a cheap commodity.


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yeah, thats the error message i get when i start up my computer sometimes. It doesn't happen all of the time, mostly if the computer has been running and recently got turned off. My guess is that it has something to do with the fans in my computer but i have no idea. i opened my comp up recently and made sure the plugs were in all the way but i still get this error. this has been going on for many monthes (3-4 i think) so i'm not too concerned cause nothing's stopped working. can i fix this or should i get a new hard drive?

A:primary master hard disk fail

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Hi, yesterday while I was burning a cd on my computer, suddenly my computer started making jamming sounds, and then turned off. When I tried to restart it, the screen said "primary master hard disk fail" then "press F1 to continue or DEL to enter setup". I pressed F1 and it then said "disk boot failure, instert system disk and press enter". The thing is, my mother got me this computer from a friend, and it didn't come with any extra disks or anything. I tried using my sister's boot disk but that didn't work either. It just said that my windows 98 setup files were not found. Can someone help me? I'm worried I permanently screwed up my computer.

A:Primary master hard disk fail, please help!

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guys i have a maxtor 3.5 series 40G hard disk and when i turned on my computer it says primary hard disk fail. if i click F1 to continue it says disk boot failure what should i do guys need your help i have important ducoments in this hard disk.. thanks guys... my computer is a windows xp 2003 version with a 128ram with a pentium 4 processor 1.2G.. thanks guys

A:primary master hard disk fail...

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help plz i'm having a trouble about my pc its my hdd i can't partition it or format and when i restart it fail to detect my drives what should i do done everything still wont work help plz asap thnx.

A:Primary master fail & primary slave fail

What happen prior to this issue? Other than that sounds like the onboard HDD controller gone poof (bad) it can happen without warning. But in your case again what changes did you make to your system prior?

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I'm getting the following error when my computer tries to boot up: "primary master hard disk fail". I tried to boot the computer using a bootup disk on the floppy drive and get the same error. If I hit F1 to continue, the computer hangs up on "Verifying DMI Pool Data". The computer does acknowledge the hard drive as the Primary Master during the initial bootup. I'm not sure if this is a hardware or BIOs issue or just a bad drive. (The BIOs settings appear to be correct.) I was planning on reformatting the hard drive, if I could just boot up the computer. Any suggestions?

This is the first time I'm trying to use this computer. I got it from a friend who had several spare PCs. If it is a bad hard drive, I can get another PC.

Thanks in advance.

A:primary master hard disk fail during bootup?

The simplest solution if you have access to another pc is to install it as a slave on a working machine and see if you can format it that way.


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I went out of town for 3 days and came back and the pc was stuck on the message:
primary master hard disk fail

I asked the wife and kids if they did anything strange and the answer is NO.
I tried and tried with boot disks and rescue and recovery disks to get this to work but to no avail.
Then I un plugged the machine and started it up, did this a few times, at it finally cycled through.
I ran a virus check , scan disk and nothing showed up. It froze last night and the same thing happened. This morning, I powered it off and on several times, each time unplugging it and I kept getting this master hard disk fail....I finally got it to open.

I'm running windows 98 and am not sure if this is WORM related or something else????


Help.....Its homework season and dont want to buy a new machine, just yet

A:[SOLVED] primary master hard disk fail

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I have a Maxtor 40GB HD as my primary drive and a WD 160GB as my secondary. I was using my computer a few hours ago just fine and all of a sudden it locked up on me with the computer led light blinking like crazy (motherboard is an Asus A7N8X Deluxe). After waiting a few moments, i decided to shut the pc off. After turning it back on, i get the message Primary Master Hard Disk Fail. Both drives are IDE and i also have an NEC dvd-rw and an LG dvd drive connected. The NEC and LG drives were detected just fine, as was the WD HD. The Maxtor was detected as: Maxtor N40P NAR6159Z.
After doing some searching on this, I found out that the drive may not necessarily be dead (thankfully--because all i need from it are a few important documents). However, I'm not the brightest when it comes to configuring things in the BIOS or using a bunch of recovery tools. Can anyone please help me??

I also have this link if it helps: http://www.dataclinic.co.uk/bios-co...r-hard-disk.htm

A:Primary Master Hard Disk Fail (Maxtor 40GB)

After more hours of research, i've read many mention that the firmware could be corrupt and that it may work to somehow reconfigure the firmware. Anyone know how to do that? I tried Seatools but I don't see an option to fix the firmware.

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hello alll
im new here and hope you can help me fix my problem
basicly iv got a adapter for a sata hard drive to go to ide on my motherbourd in the bios it picks it up, but when i let it run i get the primary master hard drisk fail message, im not sure what to do.

im using a asus x series motherboard

cheers inn advance for the help

A:sata hdd to ide hdd adapter-primary master hard drisk fail

Might check the adapter for a master/slave jumper.
If it is the only drive on the cable,set it to master.

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Friend of mine gave me her Acer Aspire 5742z-4813 because it fails to boot and eventually asks to repair, which it doesn't. Can't enter safe-mode, either.

Only thing she's said is that her daughter installed Norton 360 a few days before it crashed.

Things I've tried:

At command prompt, ran the following with no effect: bootrec.exe /FixMbr, bootrec.exe /FixBoot, bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd, chkdsk /f E:, and finally chkskd /f /r /x.

I also entered BIOS and changed HDD mode to IDE from ACHI. No joy.

Thanks in advance, guys.

A:[SOLVED] Win7 Fail to Boot, Fail to Repair

Test the HDD, download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature, burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature, boot off of the newly created CD and run the Short and Long tests on the drive. If either test fails, the HDD needs to be replaced.

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This question is concerning the disc that Windows 7 users can make by going to Backup and Restore > Create a System Repair Disc and then burning the disc.
Windows says this disc can be used to boot the computer. However, you won't necessarily be able to boot your Windows 7 OS from the hard drive. When I had a problem recently (shut down system and when restarted I got a DOS message that said "Boot MGR missing") this disc did nothing in an attempt to make a repair. From the System Recovery Menu you see here when you boot the CD:
I selected "Startup Repair" and it couldn't fix anything. I ended up cloning my hard drive from a backup.
From http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/startup-repair-faq#1TC=windows-7"Are there problems that Startup Repair can't fix?
Startup Repair can only fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files. It can't fix hardware failures, such as a failing hard disk or incompatible memory, nor does it protect against virus attacks.
Startup Repair isn't designed to fix Windows installation problems, nor is it a backup tool, so it can't help you recover personal files, such as photos or documents. To help protect your computer, back up your system and files regularly. For more information, search for "backup" in Windows Help and Support."
So here's my question: How do you create a bootable CD that has everything you need... Read more

A:Windows 7 System Recovery boot CD cannot fix Master Boot Record if it's damaged

the recovery disk can fix the MBR...
here's how

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I have a dual boot system (2 hard drives) booting Suse and XP and boot up through Suse's built in boot manager which gives me the option of booting to Windows or Linux.

But since I barely ever use Linux I want to delete it off the 2nd drive so I can use it for a storage drive, so I'm wondering how to replace the Windows Master Boot Record so I can just boot into my XP drive. I'm scared that once I delete/reformat the contents of the 2nd hard drive (I'll probably use Partition Magic to do this through my XP drive) that I won't be able to boot XP up anymore. So before I do anything I want to just be able to boot into XP and bypass the linux drive before I delete it to make sure everything is ok.

Can anyone help me out with this?


A:Want to replace Master Boot Record on dual boot system & delete Linux drive

Yeah, if you toast linux then it won't boot up. I had that problem when I used Fedora and got rid of it. Boot from your XP disk and go to the repair console. You can use commands in there to make a new mbr. I can remember the exact command. I think you can type help and that will give you a list of available commands. I think it is "fixboot" or "fixmbr" but I can't remember the exact command.

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I'm perplexed and frustrated. I have a legacy 64 bit dual core desktop (ASUS mobo). I have several Sata hard drives in it with the 4th partition of my 1 Terabyte drive containing my Windows 10 Professional boot OS. After converting another similar legacy machine to a NAS device I took the old Windows 10 32 bit OS drive from it and tried booting the ASUS machine with it. Needless to say, the OS didn't like it and reverted to Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview edition (build 11082).

Here's the kicker. When I tried to restore the boot drive to the original one for this machine the master boot was missing.
I had just formatted another partition on the same drive that had contained a Windows7 installation that had failed. This partition may have contained the master boot record. So I booted to a command prompt from a USB drive and successfully ran the following commands:
bootrec /RebuildBcdbootrec /fixMbr bootrec /fixboot bootsect /nt60 SYSbootsect /nt60 all

After that the BIOS just says "An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system"

This disk and OS are on the original machine it used to run on. As I understand it, Windows 10 tries to record it's key to somewhere in the BIOS. But the BIOS on these old machines don't provide such a facility. I don't understand what Windows 10 OS does with the key in this instance. If it was recorded in the BIOS then I'd presume that the other Windows 10 drive I atte... Read more

A:Can't re-establish Master Boot Record on my Windows 10 Boot drive

It's pretty quiet here. It seems no one has read my plea for help. I guess I just have to wait for my bottle to wash-up on some distant shore.

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My Old hard drive has Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit installed on it. I purchased the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade
and ran the upgrade. Removed the Vista hard drive, and can not start Windows 7.
Only issue on this system, I have upgraded two other systems without any problem.
SSD with Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade on it, Hard drive with Windows Vista Ultimate on it.

Error Loading operating system.

Insert Windows 7 setup disk, eventually choose command prompt, then ran bootrec.

It came up with four choices: /FixBoot, /FixMBR, /ScanOs, and /RebuildBcd

Vista drive is removed from the system.

bootrec /ScanOs shows:
successfully scanned windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 2
[1] D:\Windows
[2] D:\Windows.old.000\Windows
The operation completed successfully

bootrec /fixmbr
The operation completed successfully

bootrec /FixBoot
Element not found

bootrec /RebuildBcd
Total identified Windows installations: 2
[1] D:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
[2] D:\Windows.old.000\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
Element not found

Reinserted the Vista hard drive, then did a bootrec /scanOs
[1] E:\Windows
[2] C:\Windows
[3] E:\Windows.old.000\Windows

bootrec /RebuildBcd
Total identified Windows installations: 3
[1] E:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
[2] C:\Windows
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A:Windows 7 boot issue with master boot record

Try this:
Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
As your HD set up is about the same, have look at my post here:
Follow this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)

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I have my desktop configured with as a triple boot system.

Win 98
Win XP Professional
Win XP Professional

I had everything working fine for quite some time now. I had to do a repair on one of my XP Pro installs. I had previously installed Service Pack 2. I booted from the windows CD, did my repair and everything worked fine.

But I noticed that certain functions and modules that service pack 2 had previously installed left traces behind. The wireless network wizard was still in the control panel but it didn't function. In fact my wireless network wouldn't function at all.

I thought it would be simple. Install SP2 again. I installed it and restarted my computer. Before ever getting to restart, it hung up on the shut down.

I finally had to reset it. On reboot, it will no longer boot into any of my OS's. I cannot boot from the XP CD either. It hangs up when it says, "Windows is starting." I cannot get into the recovery console from the CD and I didn't have it installed on the hard disk drive. Any suggestions?

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I have two Windows 7 64 bit systems that worked perfectly until approx two weeks ago. They started becoming unresponsive to various websites, such as b1015.com (unable to listen live). Both computers then started having problems opening sites through google searches.
Following this, most updates on both computers fail. Downloads from the internet fail. Updating flash on one - failed. downloading .net framework update - failed.
One computer has MSE - updated and ran scan - no threats found
One computer has AVast - updated and ran scan - no threats found
Tried to download malwarebytes on the computer with avast - failed
went to XP station - downloaded to thumb drive and installed from thumb drive and ran  - no threats found
from cmd prompt -  ran sfc /scannow on both computers  -  no problems found
Can anyone give me any ideas of where to go from here to get both of these computers working properly again

A:Updates Fail/Downloads Fail/Flash Sites Fail x2 computers

The first place to start is are you getting any error messages when the updates fail? What do the messages state -- for example, do you get any error codes? Please post that information here.

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I have went into the bios settings and have changed it to legacy support legacy first , but it doesnt work, it actually makes it worse. I'm not sure what to do. Computer was bought 2 months ago.

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Hi i want to duel boot windows 7 and windows 8.1...i have a 240gb ssd with windows 7 already installed on it....i also have a 2tb storage hardrive and i use this for storage..btw this hardrive did have my windows 7 on it untill i bought the ssd then i ported windows 7 on to the ssd using Paragon Migrate OS to SSD...then i formatted the 2tb drive and have it as a storage drive now.

Ok so my problem is when i split my 2tb storage drive into 2 partitions using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition ("i intend to use the one partition of about 750gb for windows 8.1") ..however my computer will not boot anymore? i get a Status Oxc0000225 The boot selection failed....i belive this is because the storage drive still has the mbr on it from when it had windows 7 on it...in fact i know it is still on there but i dont know how to delete the mbr from the storage drive???

If i split the storage drive into 2 partitions the computer will not boot....if i disconnect the storage drive and boot with only the ssd it will boot again my pc boots again....also if i rejoin the storage drive back to one partition and reconnect it..it boot fine with it connected again....so there for some reason windows on C drive does not like my storage drive having a different size or being 2 partitions and it appears it needs some information from the storage drive if conceted to be able to have successful boot??... could this have something with the old MBR on my storage drive from when windows 7... Read more

A:Oxc0000225 boot fail after resizing storage drive want to duel boot

Can i delete the mbr from the storage drive


does my storage drive need an mbr?


and can i ever restore that drive back to a primary drive?

yes make sure none of the volumes on it are marked active

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Hi there,

I've recently built a new rig and I've had continuous problems trying to boot. I have two HDDs and one SDD. It seems when the two HDDs are plugged in, i can sometimes boot ok, and most times i get:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

Status: 0xc000000e

Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible


Please select a boot device, or something to the affect.

I've updated to the latest bios on my new mobo ( Gigabyte z97x SOC Force ) and ive done a fresh install of windows several times on the SDD. I also ran crystal disk to check health on the SDD and it came back healthy.

It seems mostly my boot problems are linked to plugging in the two other HDDs, though I've no idea why this would be, and how to fix it? Is it a motherboard problem or a HDD problem?

Any help greatly appreciated.

A:Windows boot fail: Boot selection failed because a required device is


Please post a screenshot of "Disk Management" as per this guide - Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

( Make sure all disks are plugged ).

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My story:  The hard drive failed in my Y510P a few weeks ago, so I installed a 512 GB M.2 NGFF ZTC SSD.  (I bought the SSD a few months ago when hard drive first had symptoms, but then held off installing it due to lack of time and because HD passed diagnostic tests with no apparent problems).  Anyway, after the HD finally failed, I found I could boot it to BIOS and see the hard drive information, even though I couldn't boot the HD.  I originally had Windows 8.1, but had upgraded to Windows 10.  Prior to upgrading to Windows 10, I had backed up the recovery partition to a USB drive.  After physically installing the SSD, I tried using this recovery USB to clean install Windows 8.1 to the SSD (thinking Windows would then prompt me to upgrade to Windows 10 again), but the recovery software was unable to do that (so what good is the recovery software if it cannot deal with a catastrophic HD failure?).  Not that I wanted to go back to Windows 8.1 again, but I am really surprised it was basically useless under circumstances it might really be needed.  I was just trying to use it as a stepping stone in the recovery process. So next, with a little searching, I found I could download a Windows 10 installer directly from Microsoft.  I did that and it installed Windows 10 without any trouble. Yesterday morning, I found that my Y510P would not boot the new drive.  It would d... Read more

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My computer doesn't boot. When I turn it on it gets past the bios, but it can't find the boot record. It looks through all available hardware, but nothing. Then is says to push any key to continue, but it keeps saying it can't find the boot record. Over and over.
I have 2 SATA drive set at RAID 0. I tried using the Win XP cd rom to backdoor the operating system and get into Windows and use the system recovery to go back a week or something, but it didn't work when I got to the Recovery prompt. It was like it couldn't find the command to let me get into the c prompt part.

I don't want to reinstall windows because I have files in the hard drives I don't want to lose.

Please help me fix my computer.


A:Can't boot Win XP Pro, Master Boot Record, MBR

Welcome to TSG!
Try this:
If you have the Winxp install disc insert it into drive. When it start select the R option. Once to recovery console type the following....

If you are successful in rebuilding the Master Boot Record and still have problems with XP itself you can always do a repair of the installation following the instructions listed at this Website

Take care and keep us posted to your progress


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I have a computer that is only 14 months old with Vista Home premium as the OS system. I am having a problem getting my computer working yesterday when i came to use the internet on my comp i kept getting not responding for firefox and on internet explorer so I tried the method of switching off and on to start again. When i did this the computer would not restart and kept going to a fix your computer screen from microsoft (i believe) and everytime it ran it said OS boot missing and eventually the computer would not even get to this stage it just kept saying master boot missing press ctrl alt del to resart and it kept saying this no matter how many times I tried. I have now tried recovory which resets the comp to factory settings but this has been at 8% for about 15 hours. Any ideas?

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ok folks i think i screwed up my master boot record. i have no idea what it is. is it on my hdd or bios or what. if i messed it up installing linux how can i fix it so i can boot xp without getting boot disk error message.

A:master boot record?

Boot with an MS-DOS floppy and type the following command.


This will remove the Linux boot manager and allow XP to boot.

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i just purchased an ASROCK K7VM2 MO/BO

the trouble im having is to get the computer to fdisk and format
but it will not let me do it

it keeps looking for the master boot record
the harddrive is a new hitachi 40gb

can i get it to access the floppy disk
without looking for the master boot record

any help would be appreciated

especially if anybody also owns an asrock mo/bo

thanks again


i have been to asrock web site
and they talk gibberish

A:master boot record

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I recently had a trojan worm virus on my laptop, i tried running avast whisch got rid of some of it but still had error messages and couldnt log on to the internet, so i decided to format my hard drive and reboot from the master disk. I managed to format the hard drive from the disk but then it just stopped and i had a black screen with this on. c:/>.
could not get it to boot up to windows xp at all , i tried some stuff that i found on the internet. like f8 and f12 and tried to rebbot in safe mode but it still wont boot. tried to put the master disk back in and boot from that but that wont work, i have just got a black screen with the cursor on now.
Please help!!

A:Will not boot from master disk

change of plan!! Ive turned it on today and its booted up windows but it looks like its not completed the installation of windows. My master disk will not read also my usb port is not working. it looks like the drivers are not installed how do i get my master disk to complete the installation.

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I need some assistance with a problem with my XP operating system on another computer. The system partially loads and gets to the blue xp welcome screen for about 10 seconds and then reboots and continues to cycle through to the blue xp welcome screen before rebooting etc.

I have put in the boot disc to try to do the standard repair to the operating system but for some reason my F8 key has been disabled thus not allowing me to do this.

I have gone into the recovery module and done a fixboot but this hasn't solved the problem. I have then tried fixmbr but have not proceeded with this command as it comes back with the warning that the computer has a non-standard or invalid master boot record and fixmbr could cause all the partions to become inaccessible.

My question is how do I do a backup of data before a try to solve the mbr problem.

One option I understand is to take out the hard drive from the computer and connect it to an external usb enclosure /adaptor on another comuputer. But I don't have such a thing and don't really want to take out the Hard drive.

Another option I understand is to create a boot disc. But the microsoft information suggests that this will not work if the computer has reached the blue XP screen.

Are there any other options - what about separate partions or will this potentially delete my unbacked up data?

Otherwise I guess it is off to the computer repair shop?

A:Master boot record

Im going to answer these in reverse.
First if you create a boot disk you will not get to the blue screen that XP is providing because your computer will be under the control of the boot disk in the cd drive.
ps: be sure to change the boot order in the bios to do this.

Second how are you getting to the recovery module without the F8 key?
Does your system occasionally load or are you booting from the cd?
If it loads sometimes please follow the instructions below and turn off the auto restart in order to get to read the error message that is provided and post it here.

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What is the difference of Master Boot Record and system files and what does it do??

A:Master Boot Record

Simply put:

The MBR is the portion of the HDD located at the same place, being Cylinder 0, Head 0, Sector 1. It contains the code to start the boot process, the code contains the info on how to start the boot and where the operating system files are located.

System files can (with some exceptions) reside anywhere on the disk, and these files are accessed by the boot process and ongoing operational processes of the operating system.

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I was messing around with Ubuntu Linux and it installed GRUB on the master boot record and I want it gone. I was told to type 'fdisk /mbr' in MSDOS mode to get rid of GRUB. I dont know how do get into MSDOS mode.. command prompt doesnt work..

EDIT: I am using Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

A:Help with Master Boot Record

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Avast scan shows disk 0 master boot record threat [email protected] How do I get rid of this? It shows a window repair program (which I did not download) as the only program under >All programs and none of my files show on my computer. Help!!

A:Master boot virus?

Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<==.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include the link to this topic in your new topic and a description of your computer issues and what you have done to resolve them.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.Once you have created the new topic, please reply back here with a link to the new topic.

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WinXP Home SP2May have Master Boot virus?Computer boots but does not find OS. Must enter BIOS upon POST then exit BIOS before it finds XP, otherwise I get black screen as it tries to find OS.MoBo: ASUS P5GZ-MX with Bios version 3.0.9 (11/30/2006). Have also reset BIOS to default settings.Computer is also running slow. CPU over 50%FWIW: Nortons AV, Adaware AE, Malbytes Malware have found nothing. (all updated definitions)Any assistance would be appreciated. See DDS, Attach, arkSincerely,The BlackwulfForgot, also once received error mssg:Kernel_stack_inpage_errorstop:0X00000077 (0XC000000E,0XC000000E,0X00000000,0X02AB1000)

A:Master boot virus?

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ok folks i think i screwed up my master boot record. i put it in the hardeware forum cuz i have no idea what it is. is it on my hdd or bios or what. if i messed it up installing linux how can i fix it so i can boot xp without getting boot disk error message.
thank you

A:mbr (master boot record) i think....

Please don't post duplicate threads on the same issue.

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i am fairly certain i have a trojan or rootkit on my pc. am running xp pro. so i want to reformat. at one point i had dual booted xp pro on two seagate hardrives. i used one for video editing. had a problem with the dual boot after a while. one hard drive wasn't booting properly. went into system recovery to "fixmbr". was told that i could lose partitions if i proceeded. so i went ahead and reformatted and did a fresh install. my antivirus (eset) has always failed to scan the mbr, page file. it said these files were locked. 2 days ago my cpu usage would go haywire at boot up. went into to local settings/temp file to manually delete files and i have one temp file that won't allow me to delete it. as i would recheck the file periodically, it started having babies. can't boot into safe mode because my mouse won't function. booted into system recovery from os disc and was going to fix mbr. again i am told that i will lose partitions. my question is, when you remove partitions and reinstall, i assumed the master boot record was also reinstalled. is that true?

A:Master Boot Record

Well...you say things that are inconsistent.

If one is going to delete a partition, why bother with fixmbr or fixboot or any other command that works on that partition?

If you want to format, format.

Formatting always and always will...result in the deletion/removal of all file structures, files, registry entries, etc...that existed before the format of that space.

A clean install of XP results in a fresh set of system files, as does a repair install of XP. The difference is that a repair install may continue to be bothered by previous system problems, whereas a clean install won't have that history to contend with.

How many partitions are on this drive?


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Help!  i ran an aswMBR scan by avast.  It detected one "suspicious" item.  When I pressed the fixMBR button, a warning appeared:
WARNING!  Writing a new master boot record to your system partition could damage your partition tables and cause your partitions to become inaccessible.  This application writies standard windows MBR code.  Are you sure you want to fix the MBR?
I did not opt to fix the MBR for fear of really messing something up.  I have copied the log below.
aswMBR version Copyright© 2011 AVAST Software
Run date: 2013-05-28 01:07:01
01:07:01.375    OS Version: Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
01:07:01.375    Number of processors: 2 586 0xF06
01:07:01.390    ComputerName: DDSB79C1  UserName: Owner
01:07:43.484    Initialize success
01:14:03.593    AVAST engine defs: 13052701
01:14:17.296    Disk 0 (boot) \Device\Harddisk0\DR0 -> \Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP0T0L0-3
01:14:17.390    Disk 0 Vendor: WDC_WD1200BEVS-75LAT0 02.06M02 Size: 114473MB BusType: 3
01:14:17.765    Disk 0 MBR read successfully
01:14:17.781    Disk 0 MBR scan
01:14:18.062    Disk 0 unknown MBR code
01:14:18.093    Disk 0 Partition 1 00     DE Dell Utility Dell 8.0       47 MB offset 63
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A:Warning, Master Boot!

Hello diggittie I would like to welcome you to the Malware Removal section of the forum.Around here they call me Gringo and I will be glad to help you with your malware problems.Very Important --> Please read this post completely, I have spent my time to put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier, faster and smoother for both of us!Please do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same... Read more

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I'll start from the top, recently I tried to install mac OSX on my second hard drive(IDE). I had XP installed on my SATA hard drive which had all my music and videos which I didn't want to loose. installed mac OSX and it ran fine, but I could no longer could boot into windows, I had to then format the OSX disk(IDE) and install windows onto my IDE drive, after install I couldn't get it to boot but I changed the hard disk boot order in my bios(to the IDE drive) and it booted. Then rescued my music etc by puting it on the IDE drive. Formatted my Sata hard drive and installed windows, all went fine. My problem is this when I change the boot order in my Bios (i.e. change the first boot device to my sata drive) it doesn't boot, does this mean my Master Boot record is on my IDE drive? Is there anyway to get it onto my Sata hard drive as I want to have another attempt at installing OSX, but I cant because I cant format my IDE drive if it has the Master boot record.

P.S. New to all this so not sure it is to do with the MBR but assume it is.

A:Master Boot record help!

Go to folder Options and show Protected Operating System files. Go to the SATA hard drive and see if there is a boot.ini file. If not it won't know how to boot. You should be able to create a boot.ini on the SATA hard drive to allow it to boot.

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Hello, I've been directed here after being told that my system has an infected MBR after first posting in the 'Am I Infected?' forum.. This was my initial cry for help:"Hello, I've not bumped into any issues with my laptop since last year but at the end of last week Microsoft Security Essentials detected and quarantined 'Exploit:JS/Blacole.JQ' whilst I was using the internet.. It was removed and subsequent scans with Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware came back clean. I noticed the system was somewhat laggy and so ran a scan with Dr.Web CureIt!, this found the Win32 virus and I 'cured' the infected file using this programme. All subsequent scans with Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware, Security Essentials AND Dr.Web CureIt! are coming back clean but I'd like confirmation from you guys that this is indeed the case and that there aren't various other nasties roaming around my laptop!"Please find the DDS logs attached:DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86 Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18639Run by Dan at 19:20:02 on 2012-11-27#Option MBR scan is disabled.Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Basic 6.0.6001.1.1252.44.1033.18.3000.1652 [GMT 0:00].AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {B140BF4E-23BB-4198-90AB-A51A4C60A69C}SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {0A215EAA-0581-4E16-AA1B-9E6837E7EC21}SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}.============== Running Processe... Read more

A:An infected Master Boot Record ??

Please do the following:Download the appropriate version for your system of the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.Plug the flashdrive into the infected PC.Enter System Recovery Options. To enter System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:Restart the computer.As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.Use the arrow keys to select the Repair your computer menu item.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account and click Next.To enter System Recovery Options by using Windows installation disc:Insert the installation disc.Restart your computer.If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.Click Repair your computer.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account an click Next.On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:Startup RepairSystem RestoreWindows Complete PC RestoreWindows Memory Diagnostic ToolCommand Prompt[*]Select Command Prompt[*]In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.[*]The notepad opens. Under File menu select Open.[*]Select "Computer" and find your flash drive letter and close the notepad.[*]In the command window type e:\frst.e... Read more

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When I turn on my computer I get a "master boot Record error". Tell me to press a key to reboot. The computer turns itself off. I have put my xp cd in the drive and it does not read it. It just turns it self off and when I press the key it shuts off and then back on. Please help. I have windows xp

A:Getting Master Boot Record Error

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Hi i have ONE 75gb HDD in my laptop.

I installed securedocs to encrypt the hardrive. On reboot it blue screened so tried to rebuild.

When i run windows setup disk it now shows a MBR with 38gb and a MBR with 15gb... on the ONE disc.

So i deleted the partitions and they don't combine, it jsut now has two unpartitioned spaces in the windows setup screen "S. It like it thinks the one disk is now two???

Someone please help how do i combine them again?


A:2 Master Boot Records on one disk


Welcome to Tech Support Guy
Your other topic you opened, as you may now know, it neing on the same problem, has been closed.

It was on that link, where you have been asked to continue here.

I see the answer as firstly, may I refer you back to the XP installation
On the screen where the partitions are listed

Now that the previous partition is removed, all of the space on the hard drive is unpartitioned. In this step, you will create a new partition for Windows XP to use.
Using the arrow keys on your keyboard highlight the line that says Unpartitioned space. Press C to create a partition on this unpartitioned space.
Warning Note: You may have other partitions on this drive and on other drives that may be installed in your PC. If so, you may have a number of entries here. Be careful not to remove partitions that you may be using as this will remove all data from those partitions permanently.

So having deleted BOTH of them you then proceed to the next screen, where it shows you the size of the partition that can now be created
Here you need to choose a size for the new partition This will become the size of the C drive, the main drive on your PC that Windows XP will install to.

HAVE you please checked that size?

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I was on my sister?s computer (HP, 3.2 GHZ, 512 RAM) and I used PNY Attache 256mb flash drive on it. The computer didn?t seem to like it because the flash drive has a built in application and you need to eject it properly.

The next day, I get this message:
Desc. Corrupt file
C:\documents and settings\hp owner\application data\telus\telus security service\spyware.dat

I click on ?ok? and it then says ?your antispyware could not start. Please visit the support site for assistance?

It?s a long story but nothing is working.

I press ctrl + alt + delete and nothing happens. The keyboard acts like it is not connected (but it is)

I couldn?t turn off the computer so I had to unplug it.

Today, the computer started normally. The desktop showed as well as the ZKCHUNKREADER message. The computer froze up

I started the computer again and I would get

I would unplug because I didnt know what to do and then I might get this during start up

I dont know where their boot disk or recovery cd is (but I doubt she made one)

What should I do when I get the master boot error? I have recovery cd. Would it work on her computer safely?

Does this mean the driver for the monitor is not installed? It keeps popping up

Thank you

A:Master Boot Record Error

Hi m1000 and welcome to TSF !

The recovery disks will restore the computer to the state it was when you first bought it. You'll lose all the data that's on the drive so don't do that if your sister has any valuable data on it.

I wonder whether this could be virus related so I'll ask a security tech to give a look.

Edit : in the mean time, press F1 to enter setup and check that the hard drive is set as the primary boot device.

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Picked it up somewhere, quite a hassle to remove so far as it appears to be solidly in place.

Combofix+malwarebytes, and anything else doesn't take.

Nothing earth shattering as far as infections go, but quite annoying. Experiencing considerable slowdowns with higher processor power being used than usual, browser hijacks during searches, and occasional crashes.

Here are the logs for Malwareb, DDS, Gmer:


DDS (Ver_10-11-27.01) - NTFSx86
Run by sam davydov at 17:18:10.14 on Thu 12/02/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_21
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7600.0.1252.1.1033.18.3582.2371 [GMT -5:00]

AV: AntiVir Desktop *On-access scanning disabled* (Outdated) {11638345-E4FC-4BEE-BB73-EC754659C5F6}
SP: Spybot - Search and Destroy *disabled* (Outdated) {ED588FAF-1B8F-43B4-ACA8-8E3C85DADBE9}
FW: Avira Firewall *disabled* {11638345-E4FC-4BEE-BB73-EC754659C5F6}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
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A:Master Boot Record is infected

Welcome to BC Download TDSSKiller.zip and extract TDSSKiller.exe to your desktopExecute TDSSKiller.exe by doubleclicking on it.Press Start Scan
If Malicious objects are found, ensure Cure is selected (it should be by default)Click Continue then click Reboot now
Once complete, a log will be produced at the root drive which is typically C:\

For example, C:\TDSSKiller. that log, please.

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About a week ago my amd m3a78-em desktop windows xp pro starting acting abnormal the keyboard would not function properly (stuck in cap locks), if you tried to click a shortcut you would end up clicking 10 shortcuts, when clicking links on the web they open the same page that the link you just clicked was on in a new window, and other errors. So I began checking for viruses using avast quick, full, and bootup scans, and malwarebytes which came up with some adware and 1 trojan which I quarantined and eventually deleted when I was still having the same problems so not knowing all that much about virus removal and not wanting to bring it into the shop I decided to reformat it to windows xp pro(same operating system as before) which made no difference even during the reformat the keyboard wasnt functioning so that kinda made me think it may be a hardware problem so I tried formating a blank hard drive in it and again same problem so then remebering that linux isnt effected by windows based viruses I tried that on the original hardrive and everything worked properly again I then reinstalled xp still having the same problems. so I could really use some help is this a virus or a hardware problem and is it possible I have buried the problem by reformating. If you require any other information just ask and I will do my best to provide it. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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A:possible master boot record infection

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you are unable to create a log because your computer cannot start up successfully please provide detailed information about the Windows version you are using: What we in particular need to know is version, edition and if it is a 32bit or a 64bit system. [/b]If you are unsure about any of these caracteristics, just let us know and we'll help you figuring it out. Please also tell us if you have your Windows CD/DVD handy.Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about y... Read more

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I have a relatively new (1 month) HP 350n (comes with no disks/CDs) that I just spent the weekend loading info from old pc and deleting and cleaning that to bare bones.

I began to make "restoration DVD" for new PC and go though process to find out I needed a second DVD which I did not have on hand. So..first part done and in my possession. Stopped in the middle and need to resume when DVD in hand.

I decide bfore I will load anything else software wise I will load Roxio Go Back which has saved me on numerous occasions. I Did this and ...now computer turns on, shows me HP logo (and goes throught the "go Back" count down) loads nothing giving me a "Master Boot Record Error" Press a key message. Since this was right after I loaded Go Back...there is nothing to go back to.

Pressing a key yields the message
Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device.

I have made a Boot disc from my father's pc who runs XP on an HP 250n.

Can anyone direct me what I need to do from here?


A:Need Help w/ Master Boot Record Error

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Today I just used a removal tool by Symantec to remove the virus Tidserv Activity on one of my laptops. I restarted the computer and it wouldn't boot. Now I need to restore the MBR since the MBR was infected.

It's a Dell laptop. I found that the laptop has System Recovery preinstalled. The instructions Symantec gave me to remove the virus says to use the Windows 7 CD-ROM to restore the MBR, which I don't have.

I do however have a Windows 7 re-installation DVD, if reinstallation makes a difference.

Can I use the re-installation DVD and is that safer? Or is it okay to just go to System Recovery since it's already pre-installed?

My third question is after I decide which way to go about tackling this issue, how do I manually restore the MBR? I've faintly entered "fixmbr" command in the command prompt but it didn't work, basically saying it wasn't a valid command.

So overall: should I carry out the MBR restoration with System Recovery preinstalled or is it safer to use the reinstallation dvd? And how do I restore the MBR?

I appreciate any reply toward this issue.

A:Restore Master Boot Record (MBR)

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i have a HP pavillion a6742p PC. the electricity went off for a second and came back on and now my computer wont boot up. I got a recovery screen and when i tried to cold boot (power off, power on) I tried to do the recovery and got an error message "Error1002" when I pressed ok it goes to a black screen and says
""Master Boot Record Error" "Press a key" when I press a key I get "Reboot and Select proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

My main question is Is it fixable or should I buy a new computer?


A:master boot record error

Hi and welcome to TSF,

It sounds as thougth your MBR has corrupted during the short outage.

Can you please go into your bios at post using F1 or F10 and see if both your hard drive and cd/dvd drive is listed under main or advanced options depends on bios.

If both are showing you can use the guide below to repair the MBR

You will need a Vista DVD disc or a system repair disc if you created one.
How to Restore Vista MBR | Repair broken Vista MBR

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Ok, this has been going on for a short while now (well, about a month) and it's bugging the crap out of me. When I restart my computer, I get the following error.
verifying DMI Pool Data.............

Master Boot Record Error

Press a key

**I press ENTER**

Master Boot Record Error

Press a key

**I press ENTER**

Boot from CD:


**I press ENTER**

From here, it boots normally, and runs without any glitches. No freezing, no crashing, nothing out of the normal, and as far as operating (running) goes, it's completely fine. It only does this at startup. It doesn't matter if I have a disk in the dvd drive or not. I didn't install anything new when this happened, and I don't remember doing anything odd or "out of the norm" to the system. I've never been into the registry, and am good about keeping my AV updated (it updates and scans nightly) and run adaware, ewido and CWShredder frequently.

I do have a 200 gb Western Digital drive that I've partitioned with W2Kpro on a 9.77 gb partition (C:){Healthy, system}, and WIN XP pro on a 118.22 gb partition (F:) {Healthy, Boot} and then another partition for "other stuff" that's 58.32 gb (G:)......WTF? That only adds up to 186.31 gb total...so where's my other 13.69 gb? And windows disk manager says it's only 186.31 gb! OMG! And my 160 gb external drive only shows up as 153.38 ... Read more

A:Master Boot Record Error

Is this after the POST, if not clear the CMOS. If it is after the POST you may want to go to WD and download their diagnostic tool to a floppy and run it.

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