Daisy updated on Oct 13, 2020 to Data Recovery Resouce | How-to Articles

Getting a corrupt or missing Boot Sector? EaseUS Partition Table Doctor can automatically check and fix boot sector of the partition safely and quickly in Windows 98, nt, 2000, xp, 2003.

The first sector of partition is also known as the Boot Sector. What the MBR is for entire drive, that the Boot Sector is the first sector of an individual partition, like the MBR, the Boot Sector contains information that the system needs to locate the materials that are needed to start the operating system. A corrupt or missing Boot Sector is a serious problem. Without it the partition can not be accessed.

Possible (but not all) symptoms are:

Invalid media type reading drive
Abort, Retry, Fail?
File system is displayed as "RAW"
Windows may ask if you want to format the drive
File names contain "weird" characters
"Sector not found" messages

If you want to recover files due to deletion, format, partition lost or damage, system crash, etc. especially under Windows Vista/2008/Windows 7, our free data recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition is recommended. It works well with hardware RAID and hard drives, SD and Memory Cards, etc.

1. If you cannot access the FAT16/NTFS partition and the partition was marked with "X", right click the partition and choose Fixboot. Partition Table Doctor will automatically check and repair the Boot Sector of the partition.

2. If you cannot access the FAT32 partition and the partition was marked with "X", right click the partition and choose Fixboot. There are two choice:

"Auto" mode: Partition Table Doctor will automatically check and repair the Boot Sector of the partition. We recommend you choose this mode.

If "Auto" mode doesn't work, you could choose "Interactive" mode. You must input the Label for the partition or file name (the file is in the Root Folder). If you do not know what file name to input, follow the file name that is suggested:

Bootable partition:
io.sys, msdos.sys, ntldr, bootlog.txt

Other partitions:
_restore, recycled

File name can not support long name or wildcard character by DOS version of Partition Table Doctor.

3. Browse: In both of the modes, Partition Table Doctor will provide you a preview of the folders and files in the root directory on this partition before "Yes" option being chosen to make the change valid on a dialogue box. If it appears the same as the previous one that means this function can fix it.

4. Save and reboot computer and you will find everything is just what it was, backup your files!!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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