Hard Drive Boot Sector Repair

    boot sector
  • A dedicated sector usually at the beginning (first sector on first track) of a storage medium that holds special data used to start a system. Some systems use a boot block of several physical sectors, while some use only one boot sector.
  • The first logical sector of a drive. On a floppy disk, this is located on side 0, cylinder 0, sector 1. On a hard disk, it is the first sector of a logical drive, such as C: or D:. This sector contains the Boot Record, which is created by format.
  • A boot sector is a sector of a hard disk, floppy disk, or similar data storage device that contains code for booting programs (usually, but not necessarily, operating systems) stored in other parts of the disk.
    hard drive
  • disk drive: computer hardware that holds and spins a magnetic or optical disk and reads and writes information on it
  • A hard disk drive (hard disk, hard drive, HDD) is a non-volatile storage device for digital data. It features one or more rotating rigid platters on a motor-driven spindle within a metal case. Data is encoded magnetically by read/write heads that float on a cushion of air above the platters.
  • A high-capacity, self-contained storage device containing a read-write mechanism plus one or more hard disks, inside a sealed unit. Also called hard disk drive
  • Hard Drive is the debut album from York rock band The Sorry Kisses, which was released on April 28, 2008. The album has been created as an outlet for Hayley Hutchinson's louder songs, which contrast with her usual acoustic style.
  • a formal way of referring to the condition of something; "the building was in good repair"
  • Fix or mend (a thing suffering from damage or a fault)
  • the act of putting something in working order again
  • Make good (such damage) by fixing or repairing it
  • Put right (a damaged relationship or unwelcome situation)
  • restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"
hard drive boot sector repair Clonezilla Boot screen
Clonezilla Boot screen
Rights, let’s do this thing. Firstly, to avoid problems, I’m just moving anything important off the 2nd partition of that drive. This isn’t a necessity, obviously, but seeing as I’m switching to a “new” drive, I decided to do it. I did a test run of this backup thing yesterday, and after it discovered bad sectors on the drive, it was then I decided to do it for real. For the record, my C drive is a 30Gb partition, with a teeny little 8Gb used. This means that I am able to compile the backup onto a 16Gb USB card, in FAT32 format. I will expand this description at a later date when I use an actual external hard drive, but more on that later. I will skip the pre-requisites. If you’re using this as a tutorial (lol), then I assume you already have the disk created as an ISO, and know how to boot from it. This will save me a bit of time typing, as I’m feeling incredibly lazy at the moment. To be honest, I shouldn’t really have to type any of this out. If you’re in a position where you’re considering a live Cd to backup, then you really should know what you’re doing For those of you who have ever fiddled around with any type of live OS, you know the annoying little hoops to get the thing started. Thankfully, for this, these are few. You get your beatuful splash screen, with more options than you can shake a stick at… I chose the “To RAM” option. This sticks everything in memory, meaning that the CD isn’t accessed whilst the program is run.
boot sector
boot sector
Here is an extreme macro shot of the HDD boot sector.