Toshiba Satellite 3000-601, model PS302E-019R5-FE, in original shape and Windows XP Home.
I was installing a XP update directly via internet, not downloading first (me stupid). The connection was suddenly broken off. After that laptop didn't boot, keyboard and FDD didn't function. So I intended to reinstall WXP using the original Product Recovery DVD. I've done that successfully before.
I chose advanced user, as I wanted to partition the HDD. After giving New Size for the primary partition a error message was displayed "Application error 29005, Write sector failure, result=1, drive=128, sectors 95 to 159. Contact Toshiba ..."
After that I ran:
1. Toshiba HD Diagnostic v.2.00b. Result: "Unknown Error Code 025h 37.
2. GDisk /status. Information about partition structure was relevant.
3. Gdisk to remove the partition structure. "Gdisk cannot write to sector 0 of fixed disk 1. --Int13 error:sector not found/read error (0x04).
4. IBM Hitachi Drive Fitness Test v.4.16 as Advanced. Found Corrapted sectors. I asked to Run Sector Repair. Result: "Failure Code 0x75, Defective Device, Component Failure, TRC 75758171."
5. MBRtool to clean track 0. Result: " Error retrieving disk geometry for disk 129, track 0 not cleaned."
6. HDAT2 v.4.5.3 to Check and Repair Bad Sectors. Result: "Verify 14877386 -uncorrectable CRC or ECC error on read. Warnings=0, Bad sectors=3, Repaired=0, !Security=Frozen." After asking to Erase Boot Sectors received similar error message.
HDD original IC25N020ATCS04-0. BIOS, set to default, recognizes it.
1. Is boot sector really defective or is somewhere a "switch" in wrong position?
2. Any tools to redirect MBR to another location?
3. Are there any restrictions on replacing the HDD?
Nice to hear you still use this old notebook model.
Before I try to give you some answers I recommend you to install WXP (try to install) using standard mode just to see if this will works or not. I cannot say for sure but for me it sounds like defective HDD so maybe you should exchange it. This old IDE HDDs are not so expensive (eBay) and you can exchange it alone.
1)As far as I know there is no any kind of “switch”.
2)Such tool is not offered by Toshiba
3)Yes. Capacity restriction. I don’t know which HDD is now inside but you cannot use some HDDs with 120 or more GB.