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Difference Between Fixboot and Fixmbr

Fixboot vs Fixmbr

The hard disk drive is a magnetic device used for storing data in a computer. Data is read from or written to a platter which is driven by a spindle that is enclosed in a protective covering.
In the hard disk drive, the boot sector is located or it can also be found in floppy disks and other data storage devices. These data storage devices contain codes for the booting programs of operating systems of the computer.
There are many kinds of boot sectors, which can be: CD-ROMS, which have their own boot sectors; Non-IBM PC compatible systems, which have different boot sectors than that of IBM PC compatible systems; Volume Boot Record (VBR), which has a code that is used to load an operating system; and the Master Boot Record, which is a partitioned data storage device’s first sector that has a code to detect the partition.

Hard disk drives are partitioned in order to separate operating systems and program files from the user files. It also protects files and makes it easier to recover corrupted files without affecting other files and save them. It also allows users to use multi-boot systems and have several operating systems located at different partitions of the same hard disk enabling him to choose which operating system to boot at power up.

Windows 2000 is an operating system which is produced by Microsoft. It contains the Windows Recovery Console where the user can access operating system files and folders; choose which services to start when using the computer; create, format, and repair partitions and the file system boot sector and the Master Boot Record (MBR).
Fixboot is used when the Windows boot sector is corrupted. It is also used when the boot records are also corrupted. Fixboot is also used to write a new Windows boot sector on the system partition. It fixes the damage to the Windows boot sector and overrides the default setting. This is often used with the bootcfg, diskpart, and fixmbr commands. The new boot sector will be written on the system partition that the user is logged on to or on the system partition that he has indicated.
Fixmbr, on the other hand, is used to repair the Master Boot Record (MBR) of the system partition. It is used when Windows cannot start because of damage to the Master Boot Record (MBR) due to a virus or when there is a problem with the hardware. Like the fixboot, the user needs to indicate the drive location that is to be fixed, or the Master Boot Record will be written on the primary boot drive.


1.Fixboot is used to write a new boot sector to the system partition while fixmbr is used to repair the Master Boot Record (MBR).
2.Fixboot is used to fix the damage to the Windows boot sector while fixmbr is used to fix a problem with the hardware.
3.Both are located in the Windows Recovery Console of Windows 2000 Operating System. While fixboot is used when the boot records or the boot sectors are corrupted, the fixmbr is used when Windows cannot start.

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