Cant boot system after attempting to change MBR of boot camp partition
Against my better judgement, I followed some instructions I found at the VMWare community forum to be able to boot a virtual machine using Parallels on a WDE disk.
Luckily, Boot Camp VMs include a copy of the MBR (with the boot code and the partition table) in a separate file, so this is very easy to fix:
#. Start the Boot Camp VM (not native!) with a Windows install CD/DVD (or ISO image).
#. Go to the repair command prompt.
#. Run the fixmbr command in Windows XP or bootrec /fixmbr in Windows Vista or Windows 7 to overwrite the MBR code.
This way your Boot Camp VM will use the default Windows boot loader to access the already decrypted data, while the native Boot Camp startup will use the PGP MBR code (which is still on the physical disk) to go to the PGP prompt for the password, and decrypt the disk.
I am running Windows XP, so I got to the repair prompt and typed "fixmbr". It gave me a big warning and I went ahead and followed through with it anyway. Now the system won't boot into OS X or Win XP. Windwos says the OS is missing and OS X shows me a circle with a line through it. I've got a backup, so I can restore my system, but I have a few questions before I continue. First, I want to make sure I restore my system properly. I read this theread (https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/un-...) and there was an issue for this person after erasing a drive. If I understand correctly, re-partitioning the drive to one partition will effectively erase the encryption, boot partition and all traces of PGP; and I don't need to decrypt it before I do this, I just re-partiton. After that, I simply restore from my backup and encrypt the drive again like I did to begin with, right?
Second question is regarding the problem that caused this in the first place. I understand that booting a virtual machine isn't supported with PGP, but I just started using some software for my business that runs on windows and I absolutely must do this. I know people have been able to successfully do it, so I need to know how and why it didn't work for me. Since I am pretty much going to be doing a new installation of PGP, is there an easier way to do this before I encrypt the drive? I am willing to risk messing things up again. It is extremely tedious and time consuming, but I need to make this work so I can run my business. I would really appreciate any assistance anyone can offer on this issue.