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Boot Sector Error

I recently got an HP Pavillion m9150f. Some people have had trouble with either or both of the Segate 320GB drive that come in these things. I recently got a BSOD and the error listed was error code: BIOHD-4 with a descriptor, "Unitialized/corrupt boot structure detected".

Now, I want to just get a new main HD for the thing and use Norton Ghost or such to move every thing over so I won't have to reinstall everything. My question is - if the problem is in the boot sector - will I just be migrating my problem - or - is the SW setup fine and such a move to a new HD be just fine. Thanks in advance.

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  • englishlesso Feb 06, 2009

    Well, I tried to use the HP restore disc to do a boot repair but the repair didn't work. On rebooting (after the repair) - it will work its way to 2 options (I'm doing this from memory so it's probably not worded exactly right) something like a)start with Vista Home Premium b) start wtih Vista Home Premium (recovered). If I select "a" windows starts up and generally runs fine (but a few times I've found windows closed and restarted... for example last night while I was sleeping and doing downloads). If I choose "b" it will fail and restart and bring me back to the "a"/"b" choice screen. I'd actually like to take the unused 320 GB disc, format it and move the problem 320 GBs data over with diskimage or Ghost- but I'm even if that would be possible and would fix my boot sector issues (whatever it is) - I'm almost afraid to trust the Segate drives that came with my HP. Was thinking of getting a Segate or WD 500 or 1 TB drive as a replacement. What are your thoughts (anyones) on ghosting my problem drives OS and data to either at 320 or a new drive? Thanks

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Can you get it to boot without the BSOD? If the problem is intermittent, it's probably a flaky drive sector. If Windows will boot, you should be able to get Norton to make a good copy.

If it will no longer boot, the sector is probably corrupted. You can tell Norton to do a sector copy & ignore errors, but that may duplicate the problem.

You may want to try what's listed here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

Look under /FixMBR. You could ghost it to another drive, then try that.

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