I need to save EXTREMELY important files from a hard drive and am not yet able to do so. Here is the issue: ntldr missing, mbr missing. I have tried "fixboot" and "fixmbr" as well as copying 2 nt files and nothing works. I ABSOLUTELY need to get these files off of the hard drive. Please help. I will be checking here until it helps. I have a new hard drive that I formatted and can use, but I still can't access the old one even as an external drive. It says it needs to be formatted. If I format, eveything will be gone. If I can get an answer or 2 within the next 48 hours I would be greatful, especially if the answers work for me.
if you have the full version of windows you can reinstall it over the old damaged one it wont wipe your old data you just end up with a windows.bac on the old drive. also have you tried using a system restore to see if you can go back a few days??
with the first fix will work if the fat table and partion are fine if you think there damaged you may have to try a free data recovery program to fix them.