My problem computer is an IBM Thinkpad with winXP pro (it has a "recovery partition" formatted as FAT32) main partition is NTFS.
Attempting to boot the computer normally returns a black screen with the text: "error loading operating system"
I have tried to use the Windows Recovery console but it is of no use, it gives me the message: "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer"
on to TESTDISK....the Analysis lists the first partition [NTFS] twice which which according to the testdisk wiki "points to a corrupted partition or an invalid partition table entry"
It also lists a second partition [FAT32] (the factory installed IBM recovery partition)
proceeding to the next step with TestDisk "Quick Search" it only Lists the IBM service recovery partition - no more mention of the main NTFS partition. "deeper search" produces the same result... I can only see the 5gb recovery partition. What can I do?
My best guess here is that the MBR is messed up and i probably have corrupted boot sectors, does that sound about right? incorrect partition table geometry??
any advice? I desperately would like to recover the data on my main NTFS partition, I'm convinced the data is still there...
Please let me know if you need any more information/screenshots...
Thanks in Advance!