Invalid partition table on vista ultimate

  bus 21:18 21 Jul 08
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My computer has crashed & this is the 3rd time this has happened.

I am currently using Vista Ultimate
The computer is a generic type that I built myself

The last message was “system disc missing”
I ran the windows CD and tried to repair but the computer always hangs.
When I ctrl/alt/del it starts with” INVALID PARTITION TABLE”

The only way I have overcome this problem in the past is to setup a new hard drive running Vista using the crashed drive as a slave, download info off crashed drive (which I can see from the main drive) on to a recordable disc.
Then use the crashed drive as main and reformat (removing invalid partition)
I then have to reinstall all my programmes again.
This is all very time consuming.
Please help. I feel that this may be a problem with Vista & have now lost all confidence with this operating system

Richard Hewlett

P.S.
I have tried
Fixmbr
Fixboot
Bootrec/fixmbr

I am currently using a laptop (OS XP) so I can still run my business and receive e-mails

  grey george 21:35 21 Jul 08

If the drive is readable once you rebuild the system, then it's not crashed. (as in destroyed)Can you examine the drive to see what changes have taken place?

  bus 17:24 22 Jul 08

The drive is readable once I have rebuilt it,
but I have already rebuilt it 3 times!!
I can read corrupted drive as slave
but I want to get rid of invalid partition table & I don't know how to
This is stopping me from booting up corrupted drive as main drive

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:40 22 Jul 08

fit drive as slave, run kill disk click here on it to completely wipe it then reload VISTA to it

  grey george 17:45 22 Jul 08

You also need to know why it has become corrupted, which is why I wondered if you could read it once it was broken. When you say rebuild, are you using a software programme to do this, will it give any information about what has change on the disc? Some thing must be creating that partition. fdisc would reformat the drive but you would lose every thing on it.

  bus 18:58 19 Aug 08

Have upgaded to new machine with vista home o/s
thank's for all your help anyway
bus

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