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By budrich ·
Our Pentium 90 upgraded to a pentium 155 and operating system upgraded from WIN 95 and 3.11 to Win 98 lost Win.exe when a corupted version of Netscape was downloaded and installed. The Netscape Download killed the WIN 98 Kernel program and a message to reload Windows printed. The system refused to recognize the CD Rom and testing by Renaissance Computers said the main controller failed -onboard I/O. I added a high speed IO Board and another Western Digital Hard Drive 4 GB like the one I can't read now. Norton Utilities 2000 said the boot sectors were blown and attempted to rewrite---however no data on my old drive is readable. Tried a data rescue service and it also said no data found---yet I had a good drive--Western Digital 4GB only a year old when sent to Renaissance Computers for reloating windows 98. Their office closed and moved the following week and I suspect that their disgruntled tech may have wiped my
hard drive. Any good ideas as how best to recover????
Bud Richardson
budrich@bellsouth.net 12/29/2000

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by tbradley In reply to Hard Drive Saving

Unfortunately, it appears that you are about 3 steps behind any chance of successful recovery of any data.

When the netscape download killed windows, it could have been fixed, at a minimum by pulling all your data off, and doing a fresh re-load of windows, then restoring the data.

Renaissance sounds like 2 guys in a garage.. even if the main controller failed, a good tech could have set your system up to boot from the secondary controller, with no need to buy a new IDE controller , evenbooting from a floppy drive would have given you access to get your data back.

Mistake number 3, it sounds like there was a mismatch between your system BIOS, the new controller card, and the hard drive, which the first time data was written to it, scrambled the fat tables.

The drive(s), the CD-rom, and the motherboard are all likely good, just some bad technicians.

Your chances of recovery now are probably pretty slim. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if a data rescue service ( and these guys are good... mostly ). They get paid a set fee for looking, and a MUCH higher fee for getting data recovered, so if they couldn't do it, I don't think anything could.

Sorry.

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by budrich In reply to Hard Drive Saving

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by frank.duffey In reply to Hard Drive Saving

Norton System Works offers a Unformat option that may recover ypur data I have used Norton Ultities for dos and recovered data if the file names are known. worthn the money to invest in a data backup

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by S6xtyN9ne In reply to Hard Drive Saving

About the only thing that could recover your data from right now is to get it to DriveSavers at 1-800-440-1904. They are hardrdive recoverers known to recover drives that have been blown, submerged in water, burnt out, wahtever. Might be pricey but its the only option.

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by dmiles In reply to Hard Drive Saving

Use TechRepublic search to look for the article 200 ways to Revive a hard drive that was posted ,there is one suggestion of freezeing the hard drive and installing in a another machine that may help long enough to ghost the image to get the data off,at this point it's worth a try.

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by joseph1 In reply to Hard Drive Saving

Try using Norton Disk Editor. You should be able to see if the drive still has the info on it and then you can recreate the boot sector. Good luck, youmight ask a programer from the dos generation to help you figure out what the Disk editor is showing you.

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