I need to fix a corrupt Windows XP after overclocking the FSB on my CPU - a common occurence if you do not lock the PCI & AGP buses whilst increasing the CPU FSB beyond 200mhz on certain motherboards.
I can use the pc except that I can't defrag the hdd so it's getting very slow to use. The Windows Recovery Console doesn't work - it says that it can't find any hdds installed - perhaps because it is a sata drive ?
Used the Command Prompt from within Windows and typed CHKDSK/F but it says cannot run because the volume is in use - would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the pc starts ? ( Yes ) When I restart the pc I get a brief message saying autochk program not found - skipping AUTOCHK and then loads windows.
Presumably I need to get into a Command Prompt so I can try FIXMBR & FIXBOOT but don't know how to ?
How can I repair Windows so I can defrag my pc without wiping the disk & losing my documents etc ? Reformat & reinstall is a last resort !
You need to install the SATA driver from floppy to use Recovery Console,if its not picking up the SATA drives during standard boot to RC.
The CHKDSK utility should also detect the SATA drives if your XP is already installed onto them.
The FIXBOOT and FIXMBR won't be of use as your SATA drives use a different MBR to an IDE.If you use these cmds,chances are you'll find XP no longer boots at all.
A longwinded way to fix your XP is with a Barts PE Boot CD,click here I use one to fix a variety of self induced XP problems,and have used it to repair the registry,remove nasties,etc on a few PC's brought here for rectification.
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