Accidentally losing files due to a corrupted hard disk drive can be devastating, as it could mean months or even years of accumulated data that suddenly becomes inaccessible. In this article, we discuss how to use an MBR ( Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table) partition to repair such damaged hard drives. We also explore different software options and share helpful tips so you can get your hard drive back on track quickly and efficiently.
Things to do before trying to recover data
Before you try to recover data from a corrupted hard disk, there are a few things you should do:
1. Back up your data. This is the most important step! If you don’t have a backup, you may lose everything when you try to repair the disk.
2. Check for physical damage. If the disk is physically damaged, it may not be possible to repair it. If it’s only slightly damaged, you may be able to repair it with special tools and software.
3. Try to repair the disk with utilities provided by the manufacturer. These tools are designed to fix common problems with hard disks.
4. If all else fails, you can try to recover data from the disk using specialized software. This software can often recover data even when the disk is severely corrupted.
What you’ll need:
Assuming you have a Windows computer with a corrupted MBR or GPT partition, you will need the following things to repair your hard disk:
– A Windows installation disc or recovery drive. This is necessary in order to access the Command Prompt tool, which is required for repairing MBR and GPT partitions.
– The appropriate tools for repairing your specific type of partition. For MBR partitions, you will need the fixmbr and/or fixboot tools; for GPT partitions, you will need the gptgen tool. These can typically be found on your Windows installation disc or recovery drive.
– A backup of your important data. This is necessary in case something goes wrong during the repair process and you lose data on your hard disk.
Types of tools that can help
If you’re lucky, the solution to your problem is as simple as using a disk repair tool. There are a number of different disk repair tools available, both commercial and free.
Which one you use will depend on what type of problem you’re having. If your problem is due to a corrupted MBR or GPT partition, then you can use a tool like DiskGenius or EaseUS Partition Master to fix the problem.
Both of these tools are able to recover lost partitions and rebuild the MBR or GPT table. They also have other features that can help repair other types of problems, such as bad sectors.
If your hard disk has been physically damaged, then you’ll need to use a different type of tool. For example, if the platters inside your hard disk have been damaged, then you’ll need to use a data recovery service.
There are a number of different data recovery services available, both commercial and free. Which one you use will depend on the severity of the damage and how much data you need to recover.
In most cases, it’s best to leave data recovery to the professionals. But if you’re comfortable with doing it yourself, then there are some good guides and tutorials available online that can help walk you through the process.
MBR – might be good idea to use some of these tools if it was an MBR corruption; GPT has some advantages and is more forgiving than MBR.
If you have a corrupted MBR or GPT on your hard disk, it is a good idea to use some of the following tools to repair it:
– Disk Utility in macOS: This utility can be used to repair both MBR and GPT partitions.
– Bootrec in Windows: This utility can be used to repair MBR partitions.
– Gdisk in Linux: This utility can be used to repair GPT partitions.
A free bootable anti-vandalism system will protect your partition(s) from break-ins like this one.
If you’re worried about someone breaking into your computer and destroying your data, you can protect yourself by using a free bootable anti-vandalism system. This type of system will prevent anyone from being able to access your partitions, making it impossible for them to damage or delete your files. There are a number of different anti-vandalism systems available, so be sure to do some research to find one that fits your needs. Once you have the system in place, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your data is safe from harm.
Rebuild a Master Boot Record (MBR) with
When your hard disk is corrupted, the first thing you need to do is rebuild the MBR. The process is different for each operating system, but here we will show you how to do it in Windows 10.
First, you need to open the Command Prompt as an administrator. To do this, type ‘cmd’ in the search bar and then right-click on the Command Prompt and select ‘Run as Administrator’.
In the Command Prompt, type the following commands and press Enter after each one:
This will rebuild your MBR and hopefully fix your hard disk.