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    NT 4 Boot Record

    I am desparate--Somehow when my tech tried to disconnect VDSL information and go to dial-up he corrupted the boot record on my hard drive so the programs cannot be accessed. I can't access the important documents I have stored in e-mails that I transferred to my home from work. I cannot get them anywhere else at this time. Can a person either somehow read data from such a drive, or fix it???

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    Re: NT 4 Boot Record

    Are you saying you can't boot your machine at all or that your programs no longer run?
    If you can't boot at all, do you get any errors or simply a blank screen? A boot disk may be a way around this or fdisk /mbr may repair the problem if it's the Master Boot Record that is corrupted.
    Alternatively you could remove the hard drive and try installing it in another machine to see if you can at least access the files you need.
    Hope that helps?
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    Re: NT 4 Boot Record

    Thank you Rory. The NT 4 machine starts the boot and then it stops at the password. It says it is not correct. It is my last name and always has been. We tried a Emergency boot disk and it would not boot from that either for the same reason. Your thought about hanging it on another machine is what we have not tried, but were thinking of doing. Do we have to have an NT machine or can I use a different OS like Win2000 or XP? We were thinking we would have to hang it on an NT machine. We do have one we could get access to.

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    Re: NT 4 Boot Record

    Do you mean the boot password (as set in the BIOS) or the NT login password? If it's the BIOS password, then you may be able to get around that, depending on the machine (in some of them it's just an internal jumper that you can remove!)
    If you put it in a new machine then Win2k or XP should be fine as they'll recognise FAT or NTFS. Windows 95/98 wouldn't work if your disk is NTFS formatted.
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    Re: NT 4 Boot Record

    ...the NT login. Thank you for your help. I will try to get that done soon. I literally transferred all my password and login info. via e-mail to that hard drive before I changed jobs.

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    Re: NT 4 Boot Record

    At the risk of stating the obvious (because it's caught me out before!), you are definitely logging into the right (i.e. local) domain? I used to run NT at home on a machine that had been set up on the network at work and once or twice (out of force of habit) sat there trying futilely to log in using my local login password but the machine was expecting my old network password! <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> I suspect it's not the case but thought it worth checking before you have to move your HD around!
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    Re: NT 4 Boot Record

    Good try there Rory, but no, I was not logging in with my work password. Those are too long. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>

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    Re: NT 4 Boot Record

    After breezing through this thread, I'm curious as to why you suspect the boot record. I would think that if the boot record were corrupt, the PC would fail to load, and you wouldn't even see NTLDR at startup. The system boots to the login screen, and then your username/password combination fails?

    If that is the case, I hope that you created an Emergency Repair Disk. Another trick that I have used with some success is to install the Windows 2000 Recovery Console on NTFS drives to allow me some flexibility and wiggle room when trying to recover from a dead system.
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