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By lmoore26101 ·
Have 40 GB western digital for 2nd drive.No OS, only mp3 music.Temporarily removed drive to format another drive for another machine.Accidently plugged 40 GB back into IDE cable with machine still on.Still have "D" icon in "my computer" but when I try to access I get a "directory is corrupted" error.Can still see partition with Fdisk.Brought up drive letter in DOS.When I try to access drive in DOS I get a "missing command.com" error.Sure there's no command com because windows 2000 is on primarydrive.Over 5,000 songs on drive.Please help..

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by bb11772 In reply to Missing Hard Drive Direct ...

I know how you feel. I lost over 6GB's once of music. Try getting a Western Digital OnTrack manager floppy and see if you can use that program to maybe fix the disk errors. However, you may not be able to save files.

Any programs out there that might do the trick? You will have to plug the bad drive in as C and book off the OnTrack floppy. Maybe it will fix the damanged FAT table. I think it's the partition table that's damaged.


Ben Eric

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by opatzg In reply to Missing Hard Drive Direct ...

The real question is the hard disk ciruitry damaged, and I can't answer that nor do I know how to test for it. I thought there was an fdisk command which loaded a secondary FAT table back as the primary but fdisk /? doesn't tell me anything. Last shot I would probably try something like norton system works to see if there was some way to repair the drive.
Good Luck

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by ewgny In reply to Missing Hard Drive Direct ...

You most likely fried the circuitry. I have been able to recover a disk with a fried board by swapping it out with a board from another drive that failed mechanically. See how hard it is to separate the board from the drive. If it looks easy enough try posting the make & model of the bad drive on a few hardware forums, and see if anyone has one that had a mechanical failure. If you get one, separate the board/drive on the new bad drive in so you can try again if you screw up

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by lmoore26101 In reply to Missing Hard Drive Direct ...

I switched out the circuit board on the drive with a brand new one, and still the same problem.Thanks for the trying.

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by lmoore26101 In reply to Missing Hard Drive Direct ...

I'm sure the FAT tables are corrupt.I was able to get another error in DOS,"directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect".I need to rebuild FAT tables.It's an NTFS drive.Where exactly on the drive is the tables located?

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by lmoore26101 In reply to Missing Hard Drive Direct ...

I downloaded 6 different programs from various sources on the net and none of them would salvage my corrupted file tables.I wanted an easy to use program. I by chance downloaded "zero assumption recovery" from www.z-a-recovery.com. The program foundall my programs and even some I'd forgotten about.The demo program will save 4 files from your root directory.If you want to save more you must buy the registration key which is rather pricey, but how much is your data worth? My crashed drive had 5,000 mp3's on it but they were all in 3 directories,so the program salvaged them all.

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