Originally Posted by celegorm
fixboot and fixmbr are very safe. I've used them millions of times in the field and never once had a bad outcome. Microsoft (and other companies) need to put those disclaimers in there to protect themselves from frivolous lawsuits.
The first link,to be blunt, that guy is simply a moron and writes like a 13 year old who messed up and is trying to blame something else. The second link is plainly impossible. There is no way to convert NTFS to FAT through microsoft. The only way is to delete the partition and reformat it which is byond the scope of what fixboot and fixmbr do.
Why did you post the first link twice?
An accident, I am not perfect.... I'll do better in the future. I am only 50 with two master's degrees and not as smart as you are? Ha ha! Why ask why?
The blogspot link... Again, the guy is a moron. If a partition is being detected as raw everything is pretty much already gone. The partition that fixboot creates is very small, typically less than 100MB which most operating system allow for anyways and leave room for when installing. It doesn't, however make a RAW partition show up as whatever it used to.
Fixboot and fixmbr are your best bets for getting the system booting again. My experience with third party utilities has been horrendous and typically didn't work.
So every one is a moron or lying and you know..... OK! HAVE YOU EVER USED FIXMBR or FIXBOOT for a problem like this? How did it go for you, details? The fact is I don't want to guess, do needless operations which might put me 10 steps back.
I DID ran FIXMBR. It said it was successfully, rewrote the master boot record... STILL NO JOY, goes into the BIOS LOOP. I put the master drive in another computer, made it slave, now drive E:, all the files are there... everything is in tact.
So I'm going to back up my data (which is pretty much backed up on another drive, but I'll save everything again now to this master drive which has plenty of space).
I have to leave the project for now, BUT I NEED my OUTLOOK contacts. I am loading MS Office right now... is there a way to access the contacts and saved EMAILS? (Different topic but if you know let me know).
So every one says try FIXBOOT? I might do that, but for now all is safe on one computer. I have three like Dells (all boring P4's 1.8-2.8 Ghz but it comes in handy to swap parts).