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MBR Corruption Results in “No bootable partition..

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Every Windows based hard disk consists of a 'starting point' that stores information related to all the partitions (number, type, and size) and initial boot program. This starting point is known as the Master Boot Record (MBR). Corruption at this starting point results in unbootability of Windows operating system, which makes the data saved in the hard drive partitions inaccessible.

In such cases, if a Windows user wants to access the files saved in the hard drive partitions, then s/he needs to restore the data from an adequate backup. However, if the backup is not deficient, then the user needs to repair MBR by using 'FIXMBR' command. However, if the command fails to repair MBR, then the user needs to opt for effective windows data recovery software to recover data saved in hard drive partitions.

Consider a practical case to elaborate the above problem. You try to boot your Windows XP system and encounter the below error message:

“No bootable partition in table”

After the above error message pops up, your system becomes unbootable and the data saved in the hard drive becomes inaccessible. Additionally, the same error message flashes on your screen every time you try to boot your system.


The above error message appears when the MBR is corrupted. Few main causes for corruption in MBR are improper system shutdown, malicious software like virus, operating system malfunction, and human errors.


To get past the above error message and to access the hard drive data, you will need to follow the below steps:

  • Make sure that the boot sequence in BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is correct.
  • Disconnect any USB drive connected to your system.
  • Run 'FIXMBR' command to repair MBR.

Format the system and restore data from an updated backup. However, if the backup is unavailable, then you will need to search for a third-party Data Recovery Software. Such recovery tools provide complete windows data recovery by using advanced scanning algorithms. These tools can be downloaded directly from the Internet.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is powerful recovery tool that ensures complete Windows Data Recovery from hard drives based on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000. Supported by FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT , NTFS and NTFS5 file systems, the recovery tool also provides recovery from other storage media like memory cards, Zip drives, and USB drives.

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