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By bkubai ·
I have an Compaq Armada M700 whose harddisk I cannot access during boot-up. FDISK recognises the existing NTFS partition, but I get "invalid drive" message if I try to access from dos prompt. The OS on the harddisk is NT 4.0. What are my options fordata recovery?

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by Atlas12 In reply to Hard Disk Failure

Try Partition Magic 5.0 or higher, Convert the NTFS partition to a Fat 16 0r 32 partition, boot with a Win98 bootdisk, see if the HD file are available to you then. Good Luck!!

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by bkubai In reply to Hard Disk Failure

Cannot convert to Fat 16 or 32.

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by jwilczyn In reply to Hard Disk Failure

The easiest way to recover data is to connect your HD to another system running WinNT/2000 (both are using NTFS). When your HD is recognised by the other computer, then you can try to copy data.
You cannot convert your HD from NTFS to FAT16/32.

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by jwilczyn In reply to Hard Disk Failure

You can try using the Partition Magic to convert NTFS-FAT16/32, but I wouldn?t risk it now. Rather try to boot using the ERD-Emergency Repair Disk or the NT setup disk.

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by bkubai In reply to Hard Disk Failure

This being a Compaq Armada notebook. I do not know any way of connecting the harddisk to another computer

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by fenaikh In reply to Hard Disk Failure

Hi
firat option:
NTFSDOS is a read only file system driver for DOS/Windows that is able to recognize and mount NTFS drives for transparent access. It makes NTFS drives appear indistinguishable from standard FAT drives, providing the ability to navigate, view and execute programs on them from DOS or from Windows, including from the Windows 3.1 File Manager and Windows 95 Explorer.

1- NTFSDOS
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/NTFSDOS.shtml

2- tools
http://www.winternals.com/

3- file system utilities
http://www.winternals.com/products/fct/


second option:
Visit ontrack.com to download atrial version of easy recovery to help you recover data.


http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecovery/


Good luck


Mohamed

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by bkubai In reply to Hard Disk Failure

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by fenaikh In reply to Hard Disk Failure

Hi
firat option:
NTFSDOS is a read only file system driver for DOS/Windows that is able to recognize and mount NTFS drives for transparent access. It makes NTFS drives appear indistinguishable from standard FAT drives, providing the ability to navigate, view and execute programs on them from DOS or from Windows, including from the Windows 3.1 File Manager and Windows 95 Explorer.

1- NTFSDOS
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/NTFSDOS.shtml

2- tools
http://www.winternals.com/

3- file system utilities
http://www.winternals.com/products/fct/


second option:
Visit ontrack.com to download atrial version of easy recovery to help you recover data.


http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecovery/


Good luck


Mohamed

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by fenaikh In reply to Hard Disk Failure

sorry for 2 answers the internet is so solow that i click 2 times to get my answer posted
some times.

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by fenaikh In reply to Hard Disk Failure

You can use the setup (installation) floppies. to boot and access your hard disk if it is accessable.

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