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How to fix MBR error in Windows 10 | Steps to recover lost data due to MBR corruption

Master Boot Record often called as MBR is a special kind of boot sector stored on hard disk or other storage devices. MBR is responsible for loading the operating system on to the memory. If MBR is damaged your system will fail to boot into Windows. This article will guide you to fix MBR in Windows 10 easily.

MBR corruption

Why your PC fails to start?

When you start your PC the first thing it does is to look for the location of the operating system. Master Boot Record (MBR) which holds the information of operating system will help your PC with this information. If your PC’s MBR is damaged or corrupted it will display either of the following errors:

  • Error loading operating system
  • Operating system not found
  • Invalid partition table
  • No bootable medium found
  • Reboot and select proper boot device.

Reasons behind MBR displaying the above errors:

  • Hard drive partition damaged due to Disk write error or virus attacks.
  • System BIOS not supporting the hard drive.
  • A corrupt hard drive can also cause this error.
  • When operating system files and folders are damaged, the OS cannot access the system files to boot properly.

Simple steps to fix MBR in Windows 10:

To start with the process to fixing MBR in Windows 10 you require a Windows setup DVD to restore the Master Boot Record. Follow these simple steps to restore the MBR of the hard drive.

  • Use the Windows setup DVD to boot your computer.
  • Upon seeing the message saying Press any key to boot from CD or DVD, press any key.
  • Click on Repair your Computer
  • Click on Troubleshoot->Command Prompt
  • Enter the following four commands one by one.
    bootrec/FixMbr
    bootrec/FixBoot
    bootrec/ScanOS
    bootrec/RebuildBcd
  • Remove the Windows Setup DVD and Restart your computer.

The above solution will fix MBR in Windows 10 ensuring hassle-free usage with your PC. But sometimes MBR errors cause data loss on your hard drive or it can be your hard drive that is at fault in creating MBR errors. In this case, fixing MBR in Windows 10 cannot be the solution. You need to consider formatting your faulty hard drive to avoid further MBR corruption.

You will need reliable and trustworthy data recovery software to recover lost data due to MBR errors or in the process of fixing MBR in Windows 10.

Remo Recover Windows helps you safely recover files from hard drive which refuses to boot. You can easily recover data lost due to MBR error which fixing MBR in Windows 10 couldn’t resolve.

4 quick steps to recover data lost due to MBR errors:

  • Download and Install Remo Recover Windows software on your computer.
  • Launch the software, select the drive from which you wish to recover data, and click on the Scan option.

select the drive from which you wish to recover data

  • During the scanning process, click on the Dynamic Recovery View option to view the files getting recovered.

 click on the Dynamic Recovery View option to view the files getting recovered.

  • Now, when the scanning is complete you can double click on any file to preview the recovered files such as documents, PPT, excel sheets, photos, videos, and many more for free. Select the files you want to restore and click on the Recover button.

Select files that you want to save by clicking on Recover option

Tips to avoid MBR corruption:

  • Always have antivirus software protecting your computer against possible virus threats.
  • Keep a regular backup of your data to avoid data loss which might occur anytime
  • Defragmenting hard drive to make the most use of it.
  • Keep the system BIOS up to date
  • Always have a Power backup, power failures not only cause MBR corruption but may also result in data loss.
  • Opting for a Solid State Drive over a traditional hard disk will avoid you from searching for solutions to fix MBR in Windows 10
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Tony Landry

Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.

He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.

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