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Corrupted FAT?? HDD boundary error??

By chrisss ·
A few weeks ago I bought the Archos Jukebox 6000 wich is an mp3-player and a portable harddisk at the same time. In fact it is an "ordinary" portable harddisk which can be connected via USB to the PC and accessed like a normal harddisk. It simply has a little hardware add-on that enables the device to play mp3's autonomously.
Recently I encountered the following problem:

After turning it off while the mp3-player was playing the display (containing not only mp3-files but also normal data files) showed a message that stated that the harddisk was empty (of course after turing it on again). And after connecting the player/harddisk to my PC via USB, the PC tells me that the harddisk is unformatted.
Both can not be true, of course, because it was formatted and not empty before (it worked!). I had this problem once in the past and I was only able to solve it by formatting the harddisk. Of course this leads to a loss of the data - this time I would like to avoid that.

I assume that the FAT was corrupted as I turned it off while it was still playing.
But this may not be the true reason. pqmagic tells me that the partition begins or ends at the wrong boundary (error #10 but it is not capable of solving the problem. Does anyone have an idea, either how to recover the FAT or how to recover the data in an other way?

Thank you very much in advance!

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by Seeker2000 In reply to Corrupted FAT?? HDD bound ...

I personally don't know a way of reading it or saving data from it, I would try reading it with dos, Dr.Dos, or possibly a linux program although you will probably get the same results. You may be able to save the drive with a low level format whichwill definitely wipe everything clean,but you will save the drive rather than replacing it

Sorry i can't be of more help
Good luck

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by chrisss In reply to Corrupted FAT?? HDD bound ...

Thank you, Seeker2000, but a low level format (or anything compairable) should be the last thing to do. I definitely MUST save the data...

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by GregZ In reply to Corrupted FAT?? HDD bound ...

To start off:
1. What ver. of OS are you running,
2. Have you tried to (FDisk /mbr) on the drive for the player??
3. Do you regularly run a virus software (i.e. Norton, McAffe)??
4. Make sure that if you have updated to XP, that you have the correct drivers for your OS..
5. If still under warrenty, the manufacturer will repair, if defintely unit is faulty.

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by chrisss In reply to Corrupted FAT?? HDD bound ...

Thank you, but it didnt help me

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by chrisss In reply to Corrupted FAT?? HDD bound ...

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