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Recover Lost Partitions When Boot Sector is Corrup

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Are you getting- “Windows NT could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt <%SYSTEMROOT%>\SYSTEM32\NTOSKRNL.EXE” error while booting up your Windows computer? Is your system unbootable and you are unable to access hard drive partitions and stored data? This behavior is caused by corrupted boot sector of Windows computer. It leads to critical situations of partition loss and you need Windows Partition Recovery to retrieve lost Windows hard drive partitions.

For a Windows computer to boot up properly, the below conditions must be true:

  • MBR (Master Boot Record) exists and it is safe.

  • Partition table is intact and it contains leastwise one active partition.

If the above conditions are fulfilled, executable code in master boot record selects the active partitions and then passes the control there, so that it can load appropriate files (NTLDR or COMMAND.COM) depending upon the file system.

However, if any of the boot file or MBR itself is either missing or corrupt, the system becomes unbootable. At this point of time, Partition Recovery becomes need of hour to work around the problem.

Sometimes, when you initiate the emergency repair process of Windows computer, the below error message occurs before the repair disk recovers any data:

Setup has determined that your file system is corrupt”

If you boot up your system using the boot disk of the operating system and use fdisk /MBR command through Windows Recovery Console, recovery process fails.

Furthermore, if any of the NTFS file system partitions is indicating as UNKNOWN in the Disk Administrator and partition is not the part of any Fault Tolerant (FT) sets. This also can be resulted by the damaged boot sector of NTFS file system partition.


As stated in the above error message, if the problem is caused by a damaged file system, you can try fixing it through ChkDsk command-line utility. However, if the problem is caused by damaged boot sector, hard drive formatting and operating system reinstallation is required.

Hard drive formating is able to sort out most of the hard drive related problems, but it also removes all the hard drive partitions and stored data. In such cases, Partition Recovery Software are required to handle the situation.

The Windows Partition Recovery utilities are capable of performing absolute recovery in all cases of partition loss. They are quite easy and safe to use.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is the best ever made solution to recover lost Windows partitions. The software recovers FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS, and NTFS5 file system partitions. It is usable with Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and 2000.

Daisy a student of Mass Communication doing research on Partition recovery software. He is also a freelancer for

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