Disk partitioning is the feature in operating systems that involves dividing the hard disk into various logical parts referred as partitions. Partitioning enables you to keep the data files away from the system-related files. This way, you also have a separate area for virtual memory swapping, which results in increased performance and reduced turnaround time of the system. However, sometimes the partitions in the system get corrupt due to various reasons such as virus infections, human errors, power outages, corrupt operating system, etc. In such cases, you should take appropriate steps to resolve the issue. However, if you are not able to perform partition recovery then you should use third-party Windows partition recovery software to recover Windows partition.
Consider a scenario wherein you are unable to start your Windows XP system. An error message is getting displayed, that is:
“Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.”
There could be the following reasons for the aforementioned error message:
The system has a bad partition or a bad boot record.
The Hal.dll or the Ntoskrnl.dll file are corrupted because of the file system corruption.
The Hal.dll and the Ntoskrnl.exe files are mismatched.
For each of the aforementioned cause, you can perform the following methods, respectively, to perform partition recovery:
Run the fixmbr command from the Windows XP Recovery Console to repair the Master Boot Record (MBR).
Run the fixboot command from the Windows XP Recovery Console to write a new boot sector on the system partition, if the system drive is FAT partitioned. Then, run the fixmbr command to repair the MBR.
In the Recovery Console, run the Bootcfg.exe command to rebuild the Boot.ini file.
However, if you are still not able to resolve the issue then you should use a third-party partition recovery software to recover partition. Such read-only tools are able to use fast yet sophisticated scanning algorithms to perform partition recovery without overwriting the original data.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is partition recovery software that enables you to recover Windows partition. It is able to recover the data from lost or formatted partitions from various storage media such as pen drive, hard disks, external hard drives, etc. This Windows partition recovery software is able to recover lost data from both FAT and NTFS file systems. In addition, this tool is able to recover lost emails from MS Outlook and Outlook Express. It is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.
Recovering corrupt partition in a Windows XP-based