Files/folders saved on your Windows XP hard drive become inaccessible when the booting process is halted due to file system damage, operating system malfunction, and boot loader (MBR) corruption. Under most of these situations, a black screen or an error message appear at the startup of Windows XP. To get past such boot problems, the user needs to identify its exact cause and act accordingly. However, if the user is not able to resolve the booting issue, then s/he can follow an easy method – reinstall Windows XP and restore data from a valid backup. But, the main problem arises when the data backup file gets corrupted or damaged. In such cases, the only way to access the formatted data is by using an effective third-party File Recovery application.
For in-depth analyses of the above situation, consider a real-time scenario where you attempt to start your Windows XP system and encounter the below error message:
“Searching for Boot record from CDRom - Not Found
Searching for Boot record from SCSI - Not Found
Searching for Boot record from Floppy - Not Found
Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device
or Insert Boot Media in Selected Boot Drive
Press any key when ready”
After the above error message appears, the system becomes unbootable, resulting in inaccessibility of data saved in the hard drive. Additionally, the same boot failure error message appears repeatedly each time you try to boot your system.
The above error message appears when the MBR (Master Boot Record) gets damaged or corrupted. Few main causes of MBR corruption are improper system shutdown, virus infection, and operating system damage.
To work around the above error message and to access data saved in your hard drive, follow the below mentioned steps:
Run the below command to repair MBR:
FIXMBR device name
While the above command might repair the MBR, it might also result in complete damage of partition tables. In such cases, you need to format your system and restore data from an up-to-date backup. But in case no backup is available, then you will need to search for a commercial File Recovery utility. A File Recovery Software recoups all formatted files and folders, regardless of their size and type.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery performs recovery from NTFS, NTFS5, FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, and VFAT file system partitions post formatting. The File Recovery Software is designed for Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.