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Wiped my HDD's removing Win10, no boot sector or partition, ...

Q: Wiped my HDD's removing Win10, no boot sector or partition, ...

I just purchased an Envy - c with Win Not liking that OS I attempted to remove it couldn't so I wiped the drive including partitions recovery everything I then formatted it to the Win spec no partitions one T HDD which i made HD and one G HD they both have been wiped and reformatted I changed the boot sequence to boot to the CD first enabled legacy devices sector partition, or ... no my Wiped removing Win10, boot HDD's I understood that installing a new OS would reinstall a boot sectore etc nbsp With a newly purchased Win Pro disc the machine will boot to the CD open the language time and currency format keyboard menue but i have no Wiped my HDD's removing Win10, no boot sector or partition, ... keyboard of mouse to make a selection to continue the install Mouse and KB are USB devices and ports are all enabled nbsp I have tried everything I know to get this thing up and running I'm relatively computer savvy having started many years ato with a Commodore and tons of computer repair and configuration in the past This thing has me baffled and I need to get it going nbsp Thanks for the support Solved View Solution

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I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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A: Wiped my HDD's removing Win10, no boot sector or partition, ...

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Backstory One old boot help the removing sector. a Need with in virus crappy computer died I build a nice new one I took the old Need help with removing a virus in the boot sector. hard drive and put it in an external enclosure figuring after I moved the files I wanted I could re-format the drive and use it as a back up unit for all my computers I suspected there might have been a virus on the old computer because it was acting goofy before it died Anyhoo I updated my antivirus software and virus definitions first then proceeded to hook up the old drive via the USB cable and new external enclosure to my new computer Bam Virus detected I figured quot No problem quot right Wrong This virus Boot Tidserv B is not coming off the old drive and has now infected my new system CRAP LOL I ve since downloaded Norton Power Eraser and performed several Safe Mode reboots to remove this virus without any luck Any help would be appreciated Thanks in advance Chuck Intel Core i Ghz GB RAM Windows Home Premium Bit

A:Need help with removing a virus in the boot sector.

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A:Moving boot sector to another partition

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

The normal procedure is to mark the Win7 partition Active to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until it boots on its own and has the System flag on it.

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I've been having trouble booting up and this morning it wouldn't boot at all.

A "notice" came up suggesting a repair on the boot system and the result was "Boot Sector for system disk partition is corrupt 0 x 490"

The Computer is an HP EliteBook 8460w
Windows 7
250 Gb SSD

I have succeeded in booting from the battery. (no power pack)

I tried this as a previous HP also had a boot problem which also booted from the battery. I replaced the power pack on that occasion and had no further problem.

I haven't, as yet, tried to boot from a replacement pack but I have powered it from an after market power pack and kept running.

I have backed up all my data using Synctoy and also a windows backup.

Any advice?



A:Boot sector partition corrupt

OK, what I have tried to do is run the windows installation disc which also says repair but it just comes up with "install" with no option to repair. I'm not game now to turn this computer off in case it doesn't reboot, despite what I've said above.
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A:Wiped Primary partition holding XP, now can't boot 7

Quote: Originally Posted by Sardonicus

Startup Repair

I previously followed that guide, it did not solve my issue. I ran the Startup Repair several times, before and after each new guide I followed to see if anything had changed. If I click the details after running the repair, it always reads the same, with the final step saying something along the lines of missing partition table but returning no errors. I can post the full output if it would be helpful.

I should also mention that no matter what partition is set to active, no operating system is listed when I use the recovery mode and to the point where I need to "Use recovery tools". However, ScanOS and RebuildMBR find the 7 partition (partition 2) on drive E:\ - the xp partition (partition 1) is drive C:\.
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A:boot sector for system disk partition is corrupt

What is your model number and Windows version?
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A:Boot sector for system disk partition is corrupt

Many folks use RECUVA to retrieve files. It is reported to be able to compile your data from drives with a missing/corrupted file system.
You would need to run this on another PC, of course, and it takes quite a while.
There are other programs, some free, some paid, that can do the job also.

On the problem PC, does it boot? Can you get into the BIOS settings?
Is the problem hard drive a SATA drive or a PATA (IDE) drive?
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Root cause found:
Boot sector for system disk partition is corrupt

Repair action: Boot sector repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x17
Time taken = 3682mc

My Windows installation is on D:\ drive

Hope somebody can help - I know how to go open up CMD prompt so if anyone has steps from there that would be great.

A:Boot sector for system disk partition is corrupt

First Step is to backup your important data. From another PC if possible.

Download Ubuntu Live CD ISO image and burn the ISO image to a cd using Imgburn (how to burn an ISO image using Imgburn). With the newly burned cd boot with it then select "Try Ubuntu" not "Install Ubuntu" access the Windows partition or what ever partition or hdd you which to backup files from by going to the panel on top, select "Go" click on "Computer". Select the partition, or Hard drive then directories, and files you wish to back up, Backup the files to DVD, an external hard drive or thumb drive(s).
Reboot or turn on the machine. As soon as you see your machine's name logo splash screen keep tapping F8. Go to "Advanced Options" or "Repair Computer" Select your language then "Repair Your Computer" An installation of Windows should be detected after that select "Next"

If that does not fix the issue. Do the same as before go to Next again go to command prompt type in


hit enter.

This will take time be patient let it finish.
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A:Repeated boot sector loss on SSD Windows moved to F: partition?

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

Win7 should not be on F if you correctly booted the installer to Clean Install Windows 7 to the target SSD with all other HD's unplugged. Delete all partitions during the install at Steps 7 and 8.

You have an unnecessary complication with RAID which confers no advantage and causes only problems with Win7. It isn't even Redundant which is the first letter in its name, since you'd lose all data if you lose one HD.
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A:Corrupt boot sector for system disk partition (Windows 7 Pro)

If at all possible, I would recommend that you do a full backup of the drive just in case. Like maybe taking the HDD out, plugging it into another computer as a secondary drive, and using DriveImageXML to take a copy of the contents which you can then browse the content of, for later on if you really need to.

Try off a Ubuntu CD or USB (links are in my signature), and then this:
How to fix your Windows MBR with an Ubuntu liveCD*|*ArsGeek
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A:Hitman pro deleted boot sector virus, now partition is missing

Hi and welcome.
Lets give it a try.
Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.
Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.
Plug the flash drive into the infected PC.

If you are using Windows 8 consult How to use the Windows 8 System Recovery Environment Command Prompt to enter System Recovery Command prompt.

If you are using Vista or Windows 7 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.
Select US as the keyboard 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.
Note: In case you can not enter System Recovery Options by using F8 method, you can use Windows installation disc, or make a repair disc. Any Windows installation disc or a repair disc made on another computer can be used.

To make a repair disk on Windows 7 consult:
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.
Select US as the keyboard 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.
On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:
Startup Repair
System Restore
Windows Complete PC Restore
Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
Command Prompt
Select Command Prompt

Once in the 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 (for x64 bit version type e:\frst64) and press Enter

Note: Replace letter e with the drive letter of your flash drive.

The tool will start to run.
When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
Press Scan button.
It will make a log (FRST.txt) on the flash drive. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
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A:Boot Sector for system disk partition is corrupt guidance.

Startup Repair

System Repair Disc - Create

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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A:0X490 error, “Boot sector for system disk partition is corrupt”

It sounds like you somehow triggered Factory Recovery which should have offered you several choices before beginning to wipe your hard drive like that. But if it clearly said that it was wiping your hard drive, then I doubt if it's recoverable even after aborting it.

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Of course when I tried to launch a game nothing was able to work.

Is it possible to swap around the letters of the partitions?
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A:Partition letter problem (win10 dual boot)

By Default, Windows always takes the C: drive letter. This cannot be changed. Any programs or games will run from D: you may need to change the path of the game in the executable.
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A:Something on my windows 7 partition prevents win10 upgrade or boot

Will the computer boot into Windows 7 with only that HDD connected?
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A:Confused whether its a Bad Sector/ Boot Sector Virus/ Other problem

If you run chkdsk without the /r switch, nothing is accomplished. You must run chkdsk /r

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Hi and welcome.

Please post a screen shot of your Disk Management window so that we can better understand what you have.
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Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd

I should know the answer to this question but my mind isn't working. I have done this before but can't remember how *exactly* I did it.

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Your message implies your sister's HDD:
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Was this the case, or did the machine come with XP installed,
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Why didn`t you listen to the message ?

You deleted your Active partition now windows 7 won`t boot.

Your windows 7 partition must 1st be marked Active, then startup repair must be run to write the system files to the Windows 7 partition.

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Others may have another method. They will post it.

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What kind of BIOS you have? UEFI or Legacy (MBR)?
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A:BSOD with Wiped Partition

1. Use Ubuntu to recover your Windows data IMMEDIATELY. The most important data is in the C:\Users folder - so back that up to another location (I'd make a 2nd copy on your Ubuntu partition - just so it doesn't get lost).

2. Provide us with the memory dumps from the Windows installation. They are usually in the C:\Windows\Minidump folder. Zip them up and upload them here. If there isn't anything in that folder, check to see if there's a file named MEMORY.dmp in the C:\Windows directory. If so, zip it up and upload it to a free filehosting service (it'll be too big to upload here) and post a link to it here.

3. From what you describe I suspect that you've hosed your Windows installation. To fix it you'll need your Windows installation disk. Follow the steps in this post for Startup Repair: Startup Repair Try Startup Repair 3 times.

4. Then try to get into Windows. If not possible, try getting into Safe Mode (tapping F8 just before the Windows splash screen shows up). Then try to run a repair installation of Windows 7 using this procedure: Repair Install

If you're still not able to get into Windows, then make sure your data is backed up - and then reinstall Windows (this'll wipe out all your data, so a backup is crucial at this point).

Good luck - this is a whole lot to do before anyone gets up!
FWIW - the NTFS error has to do with the file system on the hard drive. You may be able to "cheat" and remove (unplug both the data and power cable) the IDE drive and see if you can boot to Windows on the other drive.
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A:I don't know if my hard drive is wiped or if it just has a bad partition.

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TestDisk may be able to recover the partitions that it used to show:
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A:UEFI Partition Wiped After Windows 7 Installation

Yes that is correct, when you load a different OS on the hard drive. All previous partitions are wiped off of the hard drive. Only way to get it back, is to reinstall Windows 8.x.x.
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Sector size is an inherent property of the drive and cannot be changed.
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Post a screenshot of Disk Manager showing the existing partitions.
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A:Error reading partition table disk 1 sector 0

I don't think it is due to virus. I suspect bad sectors in the HDD surface. You will have better luck by attaching the HDD to an IDE port and then running Spinrite. Programs like Spinrite are using the SMART commands directly to interface with the HDD. Using a USB case will limit the functionality of these programs. 
Spinrite FAQ -

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A:Removing Vista from Dual Boot but retaining progs on Vista partition

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Your issue is a typical upgrade issue, Internet in general and our forums in particular are full of advice in how to do it. As there's no way you can transfer your installed programs to your new Windows 7 installation, you have exactly two options.

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I've moved this to the more suitable forum,

Am I infected? What do I do?
This is now closed.
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A:Boot problems - boot sector messed up using TestDisk?

Boot free Partition Wizard CD to post back a camera snap of the maximized Drive Map and listings. This will be immediately revealing so we can help you best.

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A:How to change active partition without removing data from partition?

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You can easily change the active/inactive flag on a partition easily by following these steps:-

Removing the Active Flag from a Partition
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A:No internet after installing Win10 and removing malwarebytes

I was doing some cleaning.
I used some adware and malware removal tools.
After the upgrade to 10, I decided to delete 'malwarebytes', and thensuddenly lost my internet connection.Click to expand...

the 'cleaning' and subsequent upgrade of win10 would not improve a system that maybe had issues. the settings of the earlier OS will remain. also the cleaning' may have left the system with unseen problems, other then just internet loss.

But, it?s possible that the current driver was designed for a previous version of Windows (win7). check to see if an updated driver is available on the manufacturers site, using another pc to access the net. download it and transfer via usb to the win10 machine.
also, try plugging in the yellow Network Cable to the router and see if this helps with the connection.

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A:Boot sector


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A:Bad boot sector


Have a look at this tutorial at the link below, you may need the outlines in Option Two so scroll down and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

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A:Boot sector(?)

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management, like this:
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I'd see if First Defense has a forum of its own. You may be able to get advice from someone who has actually done it with that product.
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Check for a virus, then repartition it and reformat. If it still screws up its probable time for a new drive.
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Interesting problem.

First thing I'd do is to remove and shuffle the memory sticks. Maybe clean off their edge connectors with an eraser.

Is this a laptop or desktop computer? If it's a laptop. Unplug, remove battery, press and hold the On button a few seconds. Then remove and reinstall the memory sticks & the HDD.

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A:Boot Sector Problems

Hi stevetheman

I believe that either the Linux-based "Ultimate Boot CD" or the Bart's PE WindowsXP-based "Ultimate Boot CD for Windows" have tools that might be able to effect the copy of the data to the NTFS partitition.

Alternatively, a quick-fix try would be to power-off, unplug, take static precautions, open the case, disconnect your main XP drive, put in your Windows 98 disk (whether CD or diskette), boot from that, and from the command prompt, try the command


That should write a new FAT32 compatible boot sector without damaging your current partitions. But if you can copy your data first, that would be safest.

If all looks OK, go back (power off, unplug, etc.) and re-connect your XP drive & see if all can be seen Ok now.

Best of luck
. . . Gary
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A:Boot Sector Virus?

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A:boot sector virus?

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A:Boot Sector Virus

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A:Corrupt boot sector?

Hi Jack

Open up a Command Prompt as an Administrator :


Click on

Type in CMD( Doesn't matter if its caps or not )

Right-click or Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter

Click on Yes to bypass the UAC window

You could even press Alt+Y
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A:boot sector issues

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expand the hal.dll on another machine and hand-carry it to the broken system on a disk or thumbdrive.

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