Thursday Aug 07, 2008

MBR Repair Utility for Windows

Recently I had the privilege of corrupting the MBR of my laptop. The modus operandi - I formatted the Solaris partition from my Windows boot. That consequently corrputed the grub and the Master Boot Record. Only later did I discover that a lot of people I knew had done this quite frequently. A typical solution for this problem was to boot from a live Windows CD, launch the Revocery Console, and run the fixmbr utility. (For Windows versions previous to 2000, the fdisk utility could be used as well, but for the newer versions, this utility was scrapped, since Recovery Console was provided).

An atypical but useful solution would be to boot Windows from any live CD (I used Belenix), boot Windows from the command prompt, and run this Mbrfix utility. You don't need to have a Windows Live CD or Recovery Console. This atypical solution was provided by an extremely resourceful and benevolent colleague, and it worked.

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