Toshiba NB200 boot problem (Windows XP)

  JMHM 17:46 09 Jan 2011

I have a Toshiba NB200 notebook with Windows XP. When I switched it on it wouldn't boot past the first screen and I couldn't get to safe mode with F8. The first screen lets me enter BIOS set-up and that's all (via F2 and F12). I then created a USB drive to boot from and this got me to a MSDOS C prompt having first changed the BIOS to read the USB drive first and also updated the BIOS (Phoenix v1.6). I am unclear as to what should I do next as the c: prompt does not let me run windows and just shows the files on the USB stick. Should I copy windows files to the USB? Also, how do I know if the harddrive has failed and is unrecoverable (hopefully not)? Any guidance welcome!

  stormrider123 23:12 11 Jan 2011

Are you gettin any type of error mesages

  JMHM 09:40 12 Jan 2011

No error messages, just a flashing cursor. The BIOS recognises the Hard Drive.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:10 12 Jan 2011

"The BIOS recognises the Hard Drive"

Thats good news means the drive electronics are good and maybe all you have is a corrupted MBR.

You need some hard drive repair or recovery tools on a bootable USB click here

Once you have the above try running fixmbr to repair the drive.

  JMHM 18:09 17 Jan 2011

Thanks Fruit Bat. I managed to boot by using a better bootable USB (Ultimate Boot CD) and also I used Kaspersky USB antivirus (both free). I was then able to boot XP by selecting "boot from next device" on UBCD. All seems to be working now.

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