Recovery Guides: step-by-step DiskPatch operations:
Refreshing the MBR boot code.
A list of terms used in this page and
their explanation can be found here.
damaged; new MBR created after a repair (PC can not boot)
blank screen at boot time
the MBR boot code
|Why do we need to do this?
If you have just rebuilt the partition tables there's a good chance that
DiskPatch had to create a new MBR from scratch. A fresh MBR does not
include boot code. So if you checked the results of the partition table
repair and everything is okay, you may need to add boot code to the MBR
if the disk contains bootable partitions (like your partition that
contains a Windows installation).
It's also possible that certain utilities have erased your MBR's boot
code, or corrupted it. Or maybe you need to remove Linux bootable code
because you have removed a Linux partition.
|Things you need to know before we
- In the world of disks and data
recovery we start counting disks at 0 (zero). So the first disk is 'disk
0', the second disk is 'disk 1', etc.
- Use the cursor keys to navigate
the menus, use the <Enter> key to select an option, use the
key to abort or leave a menu.
- DO NOT refresh the boot code if
you use non-windows or non-dos operating systems; the boot code that
DiskPatch writes is Dos/Windows compatible only.
- Apart from the previous remark,
refreshing boot code is a relatively safe operation; you are not
likely to do (additional) damage if refreshing was not the solution
to your problem.
Here we go:
|Start DiskPatch and select the disk.
example: your screen will differ. Find more
information on how to select a disk here.
|After selecting the disk, the menu
will expand, showing actions that can be performed for the selected
The selected disk will be marked in high intensity blue in the disk list (disk
0 in our
|Now select 'MBR related tasks', then
|When finished a completion screen
will be displayed.
| Press a key to
close the completion screen, DiskPatch will now return you to the menu.