Almost Reformatted
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Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:05 pm)

I almost had to reformat a Windows 7 machine today that wouldn't recognize the primary drive or the copy of Windows installed on it. Running the repair option from the DVD saw the secondary drive and gave me no option to fix the master boot record. Opening a command prompt (again, using the Repair section of the DVD) defaulted to the D: drive, but allowed me to change to C: and view files just fine.

So my first though was to fdisk /mbr the thing, but fdisk is no longer part of Windows. That gave me a sad. Fortunately, there's a new alternative: bootsect /nt60 c: /mbr

Running that and rebooting took me right back to the installed operating system, so saving itself from a pending reformat.

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