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At first the problem seemed fairly simple, the USB connector to my drive broke so I needed a new one but, when I connected it to a new adapter I found that my drive read as being completely unpartitioned. I figured OK so when the drive connector snapped it corrupted something so I started looking into repair options.

I tried using Easus partition recovery software, if couldn't find the old partitions.

I tried using Recuva (which meant reformatting the drive). Still nothing, it found 256 useless files out of nearly 2TB worth of data (probably well over a million files).

I then tried Testdisk which claims to be able to find old deleted and even reformatted partitions even if they've been corrupted. If detected only the new partition I made for Recuva.

So I'm now I'm stuck. If I can't find a way to recover my data soon I'll have to give up and start recovering the files from their sources (which could take a very, very, very long time). It's as if the files never existed at all.

The original hard drive was a: WD MyBook 2TB. Can't remember which variation it was (might be an essentials).
I've since moved the internal drive to an Acro??? case (Acrodata I think, don't have it with me). I'm wondering if the original MBR was written to some sort of cache in the now broken interface.

Edit: The final solution was that it was impossible to get my data back. The original interface encrypted the entire drive and after much searching I found no solution for getting the data back aside from taking it to a company and paying at least 500USD (not worth it in the least for me). Even if I took it to such a company there's no guarantee they'd be able to unformat and decrypt my drive. An identical drive wouldn't work as each drive has it's own unique hardware encryption. My advice is to get an internal drive then find a case for it. Doing it this way I can't imagine you'd run into encryption issues.

Upon OS boot up, Iím getting the ntoskrnl.exe missing or corrupt message. It started after I re-partitioned some hard drives to free up some space. I booted up and got the error message.

I tried to boot up to my back up OS and still got the message. I tried to re-install a drive image, using Acronis start up disk, but got the message that no hard drives were found.

Being desperate, and not being able to boot to my back up OS, nor re-install a drive image, I re-installed Windows 7 (I could only find my build 7700 RC disc), installed Acronis True Image, and then tried to re-install the MBR, from an image to the drive I was trying to boot from. I then wasnít able to boot to any drives, again, and re-installed Win 7 again, and made a drive image. I re-installed that image to another drive and was able to boot to that drive, but when I tried to re-install a drive image with by OS and programs, I got the error again. Iíve tried 3 different images of my OS, but always getting the error.

Iím at a loss as to what to do next, Iíve tried re-installing the OS drive image to a disk with only one partition, Iíve tried unplugging the other drives and trying to boot from just the one, but still get the error.

The only thing I can think of doing next is to find my OS disk, re-install the OS, programs and settings, which I obviously donít want to do.

I had been using a Easy BCD boot manager, so there may be an issue with the boot.ini file, but I need instruction on how that file works, what I should look for in that file, and where it resides, when you have multiple OS on a system.

Would this work:

To install Easybcd on XP, you need to first download and install .NET Framework 2.0 from MS

Download details: .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package (x86)

D/L and install Easybcd

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

A. Click Manage Bootloader

Attachment 1093

B. Make sure "Reinstall Vista Bootloader" is selected, Click Write MBR

C. Select Add/Remove Entries

D. Select Windows Vista/7, Click Add Entry, Click Save

Don't worry it says Vista - NT6 compatible MBR is the same for Vista and 7.



Can someone advise please/ I have 5 hard drives in my system and I have installed windows 7 x64 on 2 separate drives and done this within windows. However a few times it booted okay but then started hanging on the post where it states verifying DMI pool data. Subsequently I tried everything to repair as I thought that the MBR was probably corrupted.

I have installed windows separately now on each drive by disconnecting all drives except the one that I am installing and then shut that down, disconnected it and connected the next and installed a fresh copy there to.

I am concerned that windows will corrupt the MBR again when I connect the drives one by one. I am not overly optimistic about windows boot manager and its reliability.

Any ideas someone please?

I have an HP g60 windows 7 Home Premium its almost 3 years old. I started a program (Adobe Flash CS5 portable, I believe) and then I hibernated the laptop. It was taking a longer time than usual to do this so I did a force shutdown by pressing the power button. After an hour I decided to turn the laptop back on only to find a black screen saying "no bootable device - insert disc". I went online and did a search and I found some solutions which I tried, such as pressing the f8 key on start up to go into recovery options, booting from a system repair disk, booting from a windows install disk, system repair, system restore, command prompt using the bootrec/fixMbr - after doing a test and finding out that the Mbr was corrupt, but none of these fixed the problem. I tried doing the Last Known Configuration method but I'm not sure if I am doing it right, the laptop just restarted itself with no change. I even took out the hard drive and placed it back in thinking it was a hardware problem, but that didn't work. I don't know what else to try and I really don't want to reinstall windows and wipe my hard drive. I was hoping someone could help me identify the problem or give a solution because I really need to fix my computer. Thanks in advance.

Hey everybody.

So the full error code in blue screen after booting (after win7 loading logo) is:
STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}
The Session Manager Initialization system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0xc000003a (0x00000000 0x00000000).
The system has been shut down. Had the autocheck bad boy as well:
AUTOCHK not found - skipping autocheck Eliminated it via registry. So, pretty much only 0xc000003a is left. Also, autocheck as I understand is just an indicator of a problem rather than a cause...

Okay, some background:

Have Windows 7 Ultimate x64, decided to install Linux Mint x64 (I am on it right now). Obviously, had to move some partitions around - that went well. At one point, I had nice dual boot with GRUB: Win7 and Mint. However, probably from having nothing else to do, I decided to be anal and react to this warning in Mint that I have a lot "...bad sectors...". So, I scanned/checked them and tried to repair on Mint. And that was the breaking point, I think.

After googling a lot, I fixed up nicely my boot records, mbr... So I now I got dual boot sys as well, it is just that Win 7 gives me that autocheck + 0xc000003a

I have tried the following:

1) Registry editing "Bootexecute"...
2) Tried tackling this hidden partitions issue in GRUB. AFAIK, they are not hidden. Although, not sure. Tried unhide(hdX,Y) - did not work ("select disk does not exist"). Here is a "fdisk -l" in Linux by the way:
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0000000a

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 17346 139331713+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 17347 19457 16956607+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 19203 19457 2048287+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 17347 17996 5221062 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 19071 19201 1052226 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda8 17997 19070 8626873+ 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order 3) repairing with windows 7 cd
4) setting the drive in question as active numerous times
5) some other desperate stuff as replacing identical autocheck.exe from different (but same cd) win7 instalations in case it was corrupt.
6) PTedit - doesnt work because win7 is x64
7) Checked the hard drive for any moved files in directories like found.00000 or similar

It has been 2-3 days with at least 6hours each. I am running out of options and MS tech support sites don't help.

If you need any further info to help, let me know.

Hi Guys

I need help, this is my first time using Acronis and I don't want to blow it.
I'm ready to do a restore to solve my corrupted type and a few related problems.

I'm booting from the Acronis Recovery CD.

Once I'm in Acronis I have a few questions.

I select Recover My Disks.

In Archive Selection...
I select the back up which is on an external hard drive.
My_C_Drive created 1/3/12

Recover whole disk and partitions.
Select items to recover.

Ntfs (Windows 7) (C)
MBR and Track 0
Ntfs System Reserved

Now we are getting to where I have questions.

The next window is titled...

Specify Location (Required) It doesn't say the location of what?

Specify Partition Recovery Settings 1-1 I'm not sure what they are talking about here either?

The options are...

Disk 1 (Iomega) (G) this is the source of the backup.

Disk 2 Ntfs System Reserved (C) Drive Pri,Act Only 100 mb.
Ntfs (Windows) (D) Pri
Ntfs (Data Storage) (E)

Disk 3 My second hard drive (not involved)

So I guess the obvious choice is Ntfs (Widows) (D) Even though it's not listed as drive C: here.

Now the next one is what has me stopped....

Specify Recovery Location of Partition C. And it asks me to select a new location?

It shows the same list of drives as the previous step but...

Ntfs System Reserved (C) Drive Pri,Act
Ntfs (Windows) (D) Pri

Are grayed out.

It won't go any farther unless I pick something, and the only thing available to select is...

Ntfs (Data Storage) (E)

Just to check I picked it and went to the next step and is says that it is going to wipe this partition and put Windows here.

I want it to replace the partition that is Ntfs (Windows) (D) where my old Windows install is?

Is it asking me where the backup file is the first time?
Was I supposed to select the external drive and then select the Windows drive in the second window?

That's not really what is says.

After that it gives me the summery telling me what it's going to do, but I don't want to screw this up!!!

I know some of you have done this a zillion times so help!!!


I left the colons off the drive letters because it put a smiley face everyplace I did it.

Ive been playing around with windows 7 since the first beta, and every few builds after that up to the current RC. I keep having the same problem with EVERY version though.

I will install windows everything goes fine, it boots up and runs fine, until I install 1 of the updates, so I just choose to leave that 1 update alone. Other than that it works fine, but usually after about a week when I boot it up it will just blue screen, I can attempt to do a repair and that will usually fix it once, but after the second time nothing helps, and then I can't even reinstall windows 7, it will bluescreen before it can even get to the option to install to a hard drive.

From there I have to put in vista delete the partition install windows, then I can go back install windows 7, its like the MBR is getting corrupted or something. I have run this thing on Vista for 6 months without a single problem, but its kind of strange I keep having this problem over an over!

Anyone else having this issue? Im running this on a Toshiba laptop with an AMD 1.9GHz Dual core cpu, don't remember which model, 3 gigs of 800MHz ram, 120GB HD.

Originally Posted by Just Plain Fred LG,
Try entering "BIOS" (configure) usually "Esc, or F-10 " depends on your PC ...Check to see that the "Boot order" is set to boot from
1st ...CDDVD's
2nd... Hard Drive group
3rd,4th anything else

Also check "Boot Menu" and make sure that the Boot partition is first in the Que... if there are partitions..
If you can borrow a repair disk (Win 7 made on another PC) you could try to repair the "MBR" (boot portion of your HD)

Regards Fred

PS: See MBR Hi Fred,

I am having a similar issue with my father's desktop pc. He has an HP Pavilion p6310f:
AMD Athlon II X4 630(2.8GHz) Quadcore Processor
6GB of memory

Anyways, this computer has run perfectly the past 2+ years we've had it until tonight. I have been borrowing the keyboard that came along with it (wired USB kb) at night, as I spilled coffee on my wireless one and haven't replaced it yet. Several times today, the Pavilion would "freeze up" and the only way I could get it to shut down was by either hitting CTRL-Alt-DLT, then unplugging the kb or manually turning the PC off. The third time I went to restart it I got an error stating
"Checking file system on C: The type of the file system is NTFS, volume label is HP. One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency"

So, I allowed the chkdsk to run and when it got to about 40% complete it started saying things like "deleting such and such file on label xyz etc....". It did this for about 2-3 minutes. By the time the OS finally loaded we got multiple error messages that Adobe and several other applications were corrupted. I opened up the "HP ADVISOR/HP TOTAL CARE application that comes with the computer and it mentioned several things needed to be fixed and downloaded. It got halfway thru that and gave me and error saying:
"at HPAssistant.Data.dsActiveCheckRes.load ACResults(String filterCategory, Boolean include Ignored)".

This was in a popup message so I just closed it. I was finally able to run "Startup Repair" and it told me "Attempting repairs....Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete."
Well about 10 minutes later it said it thought it had solved the problem and asked us to press a key to restart and make sure there were no more issues.
As soon as we rebooted, we got the final error message:

"Reboot and Select proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in Selected Boot Device and press a key"

Tried to reboot several times after that and now the PC is stuck at the initial screen where it lists "F10-Setup ESC-Boot Menu F11-System Recovery F9-Diagnostics".
I cannot get the computer past this point now and it will not recognize the keyboard at all.

Could switching in and out the keyboard several times, along with manually shutting down the PC have damaged the main hard drive? Every time I re-attached the keyboard to the PC it would have to find and then reinstall new drivers from the web. Could I have gotten a virus, etc from this?

Any help is GREATLY appreciated and sorry for the novel.


I installed XP SP2 plus SP3 and all updates to a laptop with an empty hard drive. Everything seemed to go well for a while.

I attempted to use the PLOP boot manager, but didn't like it, so I uninstalled it. Ever since then, my master boot record (MBR) goes missing about once a week. I boot from the XP install disk, go to the Recovery Console, and run both FIXMBR and FIXBOOT and I'm back in business. FIXMBR reports that I have a non-standard or corrupt MBR.

Suspecting a possible virus, I ran deep scans with VIPRE and Malwarebytes, but they both turned up clean.

Any ideas?


I have a problem I hope someone might be able to help me solve.
The quick (?) explanation of my problem is this:
My computer (Win XP Pro SP3) had a bad software-related failure (just a mismatch of legitimate software products, nothing to do with viruses or other malware) which seriously damaged the main hard drive's MBR, MFT and Partition Boot Record. I managed to resurrect it, just, and while carrying out maintenance intended to set it up for full and proper backups (which I hadn't had before) another mismatched software product trashed the Registry leaving the system unusable. NOTHING I tried over the following weeks (yes, weeks!!!) corrected or repaired the Registry and, finally, I had to resort to a clean install of Win XP.
One thing I *did* do while trying to repair the corrupted Registry was to put a RawCopy of the old System Partition onto a spare partition on the computer's main hard drive. (Virtually all the data on that old System Partition is intact although, obviously, that RawCopy partition has the corrupted registry and isn't bootable.)
Now I have my system up and running and it has the standard Administrator account set up and one User account. The old set up had a User account which did all the work, and its Administrator account was virtually never used. Certainly not for any emails. Because I was unable to use my computer for some weeks, when I got the system up and going I used the Administrator account to catch up on my emails using Outlook Express as before. But now that I have a User account on the new system I will stop using the Administrator account for email.
So I have:
Copy of the old system with recoverable Outlook Express stuff (emails, news messages, mail accounts, contacts, rules, etc.) all under a User Account and no Outlook Express stuff under the Administrator account. (That's the RawCopy'd partition.)
New system with Outlook Express stuff (emails, mail accounts, contacts, etc., but *no* rules) all under the Administrator account and no Outlook Express stuff under the User Account.
I want to know how to merge all these into one set of Outlook Express stuff under the User account on the new system? My plan would be to backup the emails, and folders from the Administrator account on the new system, then transfer all the old system stuff from its User account to the new system User account and finally restore the stuff backed up from the Administrator account on the new system to the new system User account. Would this all work to give me all my email and news data (emails, mail accounts, news, contacts, rules, etc.) under the new system User account?
The main thing that bothers me is that before the system crashed my email was sorted and separated into a large number of mail folders under the OE Inbox, and a large amount of that sorting and separating was done with email rules. If I absolutely had to, I could spend more weeks "rebuilding" my email "by hand", but it woud be much easier if I could re-instate the old structure and rules and then feed all the new emails (approx. 13,000 of them) to those rules.
Hoping you can help,
Noel Goddard