I have an XP home edition pc that will no longer boot past 1 second of the XP splash screen, it just reboots every time. It might be possible the MBR needs repairing but I am unable to use the XP recovery console because it fails to find a hard disk which I've read is because of SATA mode being enabled in bios. Unfortunatley there is no option to change SATA/IDE so I'm a bit stuck as to how I can repair this corruption.
Is there a way to run a fix MBR on a disk that isn't the primary? I have removed the drive and connected it to another PC, which I ran a virus scan on too as I think that is the cause of this problem.
Any suggestions on how to fix or what to do (avoiding a format if possible).