Hello, I have a laptop using Vista. The Bios says None under the IDE even though hard drive is there. Took it out and reinstalled. Result same. Disk repair programs can't fix and say root cause is "MBR is corrupt. Anyway around this. I want to save the data and programs.
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First step is to establish the condition of the drive. Slave the drive to a desktop computer and run software diagnostics on it. Does it find problems?