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By ralphael ·
hello again and thankyou for the reply.ok now i checked under device manager and says the device is working fine,i also looked under event viewer/log and listed there is alot of red x (next to it >error )..and the log time is about the same time my HD became inaccessible.i clicked properties,and says that >this device has a bad block of memoy,which windows attempted to read,the data might be missing or corrupted< which is what i think happened.i simply ran outta HD space and the DL's had no place to store?? doea this mean everthing is lost?? its a 120GB maxtor less than 2yrs old. sincerely

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by TheChas In reply to inaccessible HD

Well, first off, it is good practice to keep at least 10% of your hard drive as free space.
Diskeeper from Executive Software starts to warn you when you have less than 20% free space.

You need free HDD space for a number of reasons including error recovery.

Your next step depends on how valuable / irreplaceable the data on the drive is.

If the data cannot be replaced and is of value to you, your best option is to do nothing yourself and send the drive in to a data recovery service.
The minimum charge is around $500 (US).

If the data is not that valuable, then you can try some things yourself.

Start with scandisk (Windows 98 /Me)
Or chkdsk (Windows XP)
See if you can repair bad sectors and get the bulk of the drive back.

There are numerous other utilities out there such as SpinRite that can recover data from the drive so long as the hardware is functional.


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by glyall In reply to inaccessible HD

I would do a diagnostics on your PC
I would check your full systems
to see if you have other problems too

if you answers here do not help
try doing a google search for
"inaccessible hard drive"
I found over 300 hits for it

good luck

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by davidpaul In reply to inaccessible HD

If you don't want to spend money on this try this.

Get hold of a working computer. Install a data recovery program in it (GetDataBack is one of them). Attach your drive as a slave. Start the data recovery program and you should be able to get more than 90% of your data. Such programs allow you to recover the data even after the partition is deleted. Believe me I have done it. It is important to remember that you should never run such programs in the affected HDD. The recovered files have to be stored in the functional working HDD. Good luck!

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by Blackcurrant In reply to inaccessible HD


Another option is simply to install your drive as a slave (as described above), and copy your data off it onto another drive. I have done this many times with friends machines. Did the download fail whilst copying a single large file or were you downloading several files? If the former then the data may be corrupted simply because it will not be complete.

Have you tried connecting to your problem drive via a command prompt? Also, there are some diagnostic utilities that will allow you to examine a disk directly, bypassing the OS.

Try checking your memory with a dignostic program as well.

Good luck

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by Poettone In reply to inaccessible HD

Maybe I missed something here but an error in your event log does not call for immediate hard drive recovery. At this point it seems he can still access his drive as he apparently is in windows to check the event log.

Question: What is the event id on the error. Have you freed up your drive space problem yet? Is so are you still getting the errors? What is causing you to be concerned with the errors? I.E. are you getting lockups, blue screens etc..

more information is needed to even begin to tell you what the problem might be. Please provide the answers above.

Good luck

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by wlbowers In reply to inaccessible HD

Working the hard drive to capacity keeps the computer from being able to close files. You would probably received a could not write error.

The error message you received could reflect on the cache memory on the hard drive.

If I read your blog right the drive icon is there. So you might be able to run a recovery program on it.

I have had good luck with this one.

Remember you can't recover to the same drive.

Once you have recovered your files, Maxtor has a diagnostic program that can be run on the drive.

Good Luck Lee

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