If you use the "fixmbr" command from the Recovery Console there should be no danger of data loss. The only circumstances under which that might arise would be if the command altered the Partition Table - it will only do that if the Partition Table is corrupt, and then it will warn you before making any changes.
Having said that, it's never wise to say "never" as far as computers are concerned. The only safe policy is to ensure that, at all times, you have an up-to-date backup of any important material.
January 13, 2010 10:15:10 AM
In windows manage , my external HDD shows as not initialized, if i intialized it , will i loss my data? if yes , then what is the way to get data back?
My HDD has 3 partitions, but in manage it is not showing any partition and only shows one unallocated space with message to initialize HDD .
Yes - initializing the HDD will, essentially, lose all data. There are utilities, and data recovery specialists, that can recover such data. Try Googling "recover partition" or similar phrases for a few suggestions.
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