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October 10th, 2001, 07:45 AM
If my hard drive's boot sector got corrupted somehow and I couldn't boot to my windows 2000 installation, how do I repair that boot sector? Thru the repair facility via the setup disks?

I know how to create a bootdisk for windows (ntldr, ntdetect.com, boot.ini), but will simply booting via the bootdisk into the OS be enough to repair the boot sector. Does that get fixed once I successfully boot? Or would I have to keep using that boot floppy until I repaired the boot sector manually?

note: Theoran, you do a masterful job on this forum. You are all over it dude!

oh and my 2nd question is,

winnt vs winnt32. Assuming I have a clean system with no OS, if I use a floppy to boot to a CD ROM, do I use winnt.exe or winnt32.exe off the windows CD to launch the install?

October 10th, 2001, 05:44 PM
Answer to the second question...
WINNT is for use when you have no operating system, it is 16bit.
WINNT32 is for use when installing from within a 32bit environment(reinstalling from within windows)

Answer to the first question...
Booting from the floppy will not do any sort of repair. To fix the problem....

Boot with the Win2000cd, if you can't, use the 4 setup disks.
If you don't have the 4 setup disks, you can make them by running
Makeboot.exe on the Win2000 cd.
You will be given the choice to...
1-Setup Windows 2000
2-Repair Windows 2000
3-Quit setup
Press "r" to repair.

You will be given a choice to...
1-Repair using the recovery console
2-Repair using the emergency repair process
Press "r" to use emergency repair process.

You will be given a choice of...
1-Manual repair
2-Fast repair
press "m" for manual repair.

Uncheck everything EXCEPT "Inspect boot sector" then Continue.

You will be given a choice of...
1-If you have the ERD
2-If you do not have the ERD
Press "L"

When it finds your installation of Windows press "enter"

You will be given a choice of...
1-Have setup examine the drives
2-Skip drive examination
Press "enter" to examine the drives (this could take a while)

Insert your Win2000 cd(if you have not alerady done so). Press "enter" when ready

Press "enter" to restart your computer.

At this point your machine should start with no problems....

[ 10 October 2001: Message edited by: ceh383 ]

October 10th, 2001, 08:21 PM
Thanks for a great indepth reply. I will cut and paste your answer to a text file in case I ever need to use it. Thanks again!

October 11th, 2001, 12:55 AM
Your welcome :D