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comment Restoring MBR, partition table, and boot sector of memory card without data loss (“USBC”)
It happened again recently; another card had the USBC corruption. I had specifically gone out of my way to avoid modifying the card because I had accidentally deleted some files and wanted to avoid overwriting anything on it. Yet somehow, the card suddenly became corrupted (fortunately I had cloned it first). The write-protect switch was useless because the reader I was using was another cheap Chinese reader from eBay which seemed good (certainly much better than the previously used rubbish one), but it did the same thing. Cheap Chinese card-readers are trash and should be avoided!!!
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comment Remap laptop brightness keys to Fn + Arrow keys
No, the Fn key is specially handled in the keyboard controller (i.e., hardware) rather than through the OS (software), so on almost all laptops, it is not possible to modify its use.
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revised Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
Added details about errors.
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answered Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
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comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
Well I let TestDisk rewrite the partition table, and now it is not giving those errors. I will try plugging the drive into the computer tomorrow morning and hopefully it will get past the BIOS like it used to. I’ll update then…
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comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
I tired fixboot, but it did nothing (testdisk still gives the same error).
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revised Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
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comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
Except that I cannot boot into Windows on the drive in question. I can boot into another instance of Windows with the problem-drive attached as a USB drive. I don’t think bootrec can affect the MBR of another drive. And I’d prefer to avoid live-cds and such if at all possible; I’m sure it doesn’t have to come to that, there should be a way to do it in Windows.
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comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
@sawdust, well yes, technically third, but in that context, I was referring to the partitions of use (the 100MB boot-partition is actually hidden and inaccessible in Windows, so I wasn’t counting it when I was describing the user-partitions). That partition is the primary anyway, the others are in the extended partition, so in a way, the third one is indeed the secondary partition.
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comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
@psusi, I didn’t have the system on hand when I posted the question, but I got the information. TestDisk says number of heads/cylinder mismatches 224 (NTFS) != 255 (HD) … number of sectors per track mismatches 19 (NTFS) != 63 (HD) and it says bad relative sectors under each of the two partitions (boot-partition and main full-drive partition—the other one is indeed gone and merged into the main one).