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Hard Drive failure

By rsj011 ·
Situation: A hard drive has bad sectors in the file allocation table. I am unable to see the data on the disk drive. The data is still there. Is there any way I can retreive the data? If I reinstall windows will the info be lost?

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by gorgon_nl In reply to Hard Drive failure

This may not be of any help but..

There is a way of retrieving data from the Second (d:) partition, I don't know how it's done, but i've seen one do it.

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by thomas.white In reply to Hard Drive failure

Do not format or reinstall windows you will lose the data. There are some data recovery specialist but you will have to find one locally to help with you problem. Look for software to recover it

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Hard Drive Failure?

by jonathanc In reply to Hard Drive failure

Dont format or re install anything.
If you have a spare HDD then Install this in the machine as drive 0 on the ide(presumably) controller.
this done take your old drive and install it as drive 1 on the same connector set as a slave (you will haveto see the drive manufacturers jumper settings for the slave config).
fdisk the NEW drive and install as the pprimary drive and then install say DOS or windows basdic on this drive,once done try to see the other drive and if possible take any inofoff of this drive before it completely fails.
this may not work but its a good way to go before approaching data recovery experts who can be expensive.

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by Ksnarfq In reply to Hard Drive failure

Right now i am going though the exact same thing with one of our BDC at work and it was very frustrating.. do you know what caused the Bad Alloctaion Tables? if it was a hardware issue you can contact the HDD Maker and talk to them.. who makes your HDD? if it was maxtor you are dealing with the same thing i am, what happens is that with the medium sized drives (20gigs or so) the first track on every sector should be marked with a Zero (0) when you get the drive, on a certain batch of these drives, the Zero was not written causing a bad drive, however Windows will install on the drive and work for some period of time. Because of this Windows becomes unstable and will cause possible crashes and GPF (General Protection faults) or on win NT the famuos BSD (Blue-Screen of Death) you can call maxtor and ask for a replacement and most of the time, depending on who you talk to and how persitiant you are, they will send you a replacement. if you need more infomation on maxtor RMT Program, justdrop me an email and i will be more than happy to send you contacts and infomation

Kris Sanders
System Administrator
Contra Costa County Employee's Federal Credit Union

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Mount the HDD

by shuja52 In reply to Hard Drive failure

If you have second HDD mount the Bad Sectors (Damaged HDD) ad try to recover data from the first HDD.

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use powerquest

by chrislbusch In reply to Mount the HDD

try powerquest Lost and Found program to recover the data

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i second that

by mayuresh In reply to use powerquest

i have sucessfully used Lost & Found before.

Just install it on a properly working Hdd and it should be pretty straight forward to recover ur data from the misbehaving hdd.


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A few solutions...

by mydogownsme In reply to Hard Drive failure

Best FAT recovery utility I've ever seen is Norton Disk Doctor...I've used it to read data off disks I thought were completely hosed.

You can slave the damaged hard drive into a system with a bootable hard drive, then access the data that way. To see the damaged drive, you'll need to make certain the bios on the machine you're putting it into is configured to see the mulitiple hard drives. This solution will allow you to see the damaged hard drive contents in windows.

Or, you could justleave the damaged hard drive in the machine it's in as-is, and boot that machine with a boot disk. This will allow you to access the damaged hard drive in a dos environment.

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Hard drive failure

by samsarijan In reply to Hard Drive failure

You can always reinstall Windows because there's no harm in doing so. With a bit of luck it might work
But first I would suggest you do deploy the troubled hard disk as a secondary slave in another computer and backup all the info/data.
Then you can do with whatever you want to do with it, such as low level format and high level format.
Frankly speaking, it needs low level format first because of the presence of bad sectors. Try use the manufacturere's disk manager do do this, or third partysoftware from Micro2000 and Ontrack.

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A few more suggestions

by Shanghai Sam In reply to Hard Drive failure

First of all, I would start out with what others have already suggested, and that is to either install the drive as slave in another computer or change it to slave and install a new master drive in that computer. There *may* be good reasons to keep it in the same computer. Since *some* computers may use different drive geometry settings by default, installing the drive in another computer could make the problem worse, but this is generally only a problem on older PC's (4+years old). -Just a heads up.-

Second, Norton Disk Doctor was also suggested. While I have not used it to any great extent recently, it was an invaluable tool at one point in my career when I was a service technician at a computer retailer/service center. It doesan exellent job of 'reviving' lost partitions. One thing to watch out for is long file names. Older versions (and maybe even still newer version) run in DOS often truncated the long file names.

If Norton Disk Doctor doesn't fix the problem onthe first attempt, another thing you could try as a *last resort* is to run FDISK and delete the partition, and then run NDD again. In my experience, NDD often did a better job of reviving partition it detected as 'not visible'.

RecoverNT: Another great utility for recovering data from dead partitions and damaged harddrives is RecoverNT. RecoverNT comes with all the details and precautions outlined in the help. There is a demo version available, which will show you what files it can recover. You could try it, and find out whether or not it would work for your particular problem.


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