2008-11-10-0405Z


Figured out the problem with my computer. Booting it today, found the last two bytes of the MBR were again 55AA, but every odd byte of the MBR had bit 7 set. The block after that didn't. What I surmised was that a temporary hardware failure earlier was masking out that bit on the read, but setting it on the write. So when I had attempted to fix the problem, I made it worse.

Well, I didn't have to fix the whole MBR, only the partition table. My first guess at which bits to clear turned out to be spot-on, and I now have access to all my files again... at least until the hardware problem resurfaces. I just can't boot into Windows again unless and until I complete the repair of the MBR. No great loss. Once I save all the files I need (if any!) maybe I'll overwrite that piece-of-shit operating system and use all that space for something important, like porn.

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