Re: harddisk crash

Re: harddisk crash

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Posted by Henry on February 18, 2002 at 00:08:41:

In Reply to: Re: harddisk crash posted by colin on February 17, 2002 at 19:20:27:

: Sorry to be picky Henry but please dont use 'fdisk/mbr' its an undocumented feature of fdisk for a good reason, it doesn't work, it may create an mbr but it will destroy your partition table at the same time so wave goodbye to what used to be on the drive. Have a look at for hard drive errors and possible causes besides the other suggestions from Henry which are not as unsafe.

How about some clarification, Colin:

Why don't you get an e-mail address? I am OFFENDED that you persist in addressing your comments to me in someone else's post. I would gladly correspond with you by e-mail. Kindly keep to the subject of the post and DO NOT LECTURE ME.

What do you mean by "undocumented"?

I found sixty-two (62) documents when I searched the microsoft knowledge base using "fdisk /mbr" without the quotes. A few of them are:

FDISK /MBR Rewrites the Master Boot Record (Q69013);EN-US;q69013

Black Screen on Boot (Q155053);EN-US;q155053

Treating an MBR or Boot Sector Virus Infection

Using FDISK /MBR for Troubleshooting Windows NT Boot Problems (Q166454);EN-US;q166454

How to Remove the Linux LILO Boot Manager (Q315224);EN-US;q315224

Master Boot Record Virus Prevents Windows NT From Installing (Q140046);EN-US;q140046

What do you mean "it doesn't work"? microsoft seems to think fdisk /mbr works and is useful for many things (reference the sixty-two documents mentioned above).

What do you mean "wave good bye ..."? The ONLY thing that actually ERASES files from a disk is an erase utility also commonly known as a (pseudo) low-level-formatter. At worst the files would be hidden until the backup FAT is invoked.


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