Causes and resolutions for corrupt partition in Windows XP

Published: 05th August 2010
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Disk partitioning is referred as the term that is used to divide the hard disk into several (at least two) logically separated storage spaces, called partitions. These partitions are useful in many aspects such as creating separate space for user files and program files, keeping frequently used data close to each other, having a separate area for virtual memory swapping/paging, etc. However, at times there may be some problems with the partitions, which at times even disable the computer from starting. Such problems usually arise due to various reasons that are discussed later in this article. In such scenarios, you should use appropriate corrective measures to rectify the problem. However, if you are unable to solve the problem then you should use a third-party partition recovery software to recover partition.

There could be the following reasons because of which the Windows partitions could be lost or get corrupted:
Hard drive formatting: Formatting the hard drive without minding the partitions information can remove the partitions.
MBR (Master Boot Record) damage: The MBR is used to start the operating system. So, any damage to the MBR would result in corrupt partitions.
Virus infections: There are various types of viruses that can badly corrupt the Windows partition.
Power outages: Repeated abrupt system shutdowns due to power outages can corrupt the partitions.
Human errors: Certain human errors like accidentally removing important files can corrupt the partitions.


To resolve the case of corrupt partitions, you can perform the following methods:
fixboot: This command is used to Windows boot sector code on the system partition.
fixmbr: This command is used to repair the MBR of the boot partition.

Please note that these mentioned methods should be performed with the guidance of a trained technician.

If you are not able to recover the corrupted partition, then you should use a third-party partition recovery software to do the needful. Such Windows data recovery tools employ highly advanced sophisticated scanning algorithms to recover partitions.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a partition recovery software that recovers lost, deleted, or formatted partitions from FAT, NTFS, and exFAT file systems. It restores more than 185 different file types from various storage media such as hard drives, external hard drives, pen drives, iPods, etc. In addition, this Windows data recovery software recovers deleted emails from Outlook Express and MS Outlook. It is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000. Also, this tool is available with a Boot CD that proves to be very handy when you are unable to boot the system.

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