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By dan ·
Hi
I had an "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" a couple weeks ago and went through WinXP recovery console to use chkdsk/r, which said there were one or more unrecoverable errors, and then used fixboot which switched my ntfs hard drive to FAT. So I've lost all my files. I have since tried 3 different low level data recovery programs; recover my files, File recovery Pro, and Zero Assumpion Recovery. They all seem to find files but every one of them freezes once the disk gets to 3% (specifically physical sector 5515264 of 156295439) and freezes XP along with it. If I scan up to sector 5515263, everything is fine. If I try to scan anything after that, even starting 300 sectors after it to try and bypass the bad spot, the whole system locks up. It happens with every program that gets that far. I even tried running windows' chkdsk and the system locks up around 3%. It seems to be bad drive obviously, but what kind of pysical problem would let the drive work until you get past 3% of the way in? I don't have enough experience with the nuts and bolts of HDs to know. Any help?

Oh, the drive came with my Compaq Presario 5420 US and has been working fine for a year and a half.

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by dmiles In reply to Nothing can access hard d ...

The drive has some bad sectors and has not completely crashed to the point that it is unusable,so you have the use of space up to that point on the drive.

If all data has been lost on the drive and you want to salvage the drive it may be possible to run fdisk on the drive,to which you will have a long process,but you could possibly move the bad sectors to the d=end of drive space.

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by pselvabharathi In reply to Nothing can access hard d ...

I fased that type problum, Your harddisk had badsector in that place, If you not deleted your Harddisk partion plese try DOS version NDD (Nortron Disk Doctor) and Scan the Drive It will blocked the badsector and then you can use it,use the NDD in dos mode.

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by bwells47 In reply to Nothing can access hard d ...

Boot and run fdisk. delete any old partition, create a new one, and then type at the prompt:
fdisk /mbr. When you are going back and forth from ntfs to fat32 you will have problems. By running fdisk, and fdisk /mbr, and then format, you should be able to have a fresh start. I think I would format twice, just to be on the safe side. You could also go the the web site of the maker of your hdd, and download a utility to clean up the hard drive. I have done this lots of times, and the utilities really help. Good luck

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