A few month ago, my PC suddenly can’t pass the windows XP logo. This happen after I download a software from unreliable source. As the last resort, I try to format my PC.
I feel really astonished when I need to choose the partition to be format because windows detect that my hard disk has one partition only (there are actually 3 partitions) and the partition size is zero bytes. That means there is no data in my hard disk. I wonder if some virus had eaten my files.
After a lot of research, at last I know that the problem is not because virus had eaten my files but because it had eaten the partition tables of my windows. Partition tables works as a middle man between windows and the files in our hard disk. Since the middle man had been eaten, that’s why windows detect my hard disk as empty hard disk.
Most of people will feel worry about this and think that their hard disk has corrupted or broken. Don’t worry, there is a tool to repair partition table easily.
Windows XP recovery console
- To repair partition table, you can try the windows XP recovery console (from windows XP cd). Then, you need to type FIXMBR to fix the partition table.
For my case, this way does not work.
- Since I cannot logon to my PC, I made my hard disk as slave at my friends PC. Then I use TestDisk to create back the partition table. In just two minutes, I can access my PC again without the need to format them.
- Although I need to make my PC as slave, I am sure you do not need to that because test disk has LiveCD as well. Mean you can repair your partition table by using TestDisk as boot disk.
- Visit cgsecurity to download.
Other than using Test Disk to recover the partition table, you can also use file recovery software to get back missing data in the partition. But this needs quite some time since you need to scan the partition, and then you need to recover the files that you want in different partition. After that you need to format the problem partition. And for the final move, you need to retransfer the files that you have just recovered to the formatted partition.
It’s up to you. If you want simple solution but needs time, using file recovery tool is a good choice. It’s suitable for non tech or geek computer user. But if you need a fast solution, repairing the partition table is always the best choice.
Ps: Although it took two minutes to solve it, it cost me two days to find the working solution.