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Recovering data from Bad Hard drive

By dwaind ·
I have a 20g HD with Win2K installed that I can
no longer bootup too. I can detect it in BIOS
as a Master or Slave, but
when I boot up using another HD and setting the
bad HD as slave, it's not there when I go to access
it. I read through the doc titled '200 ways to
revive a hard disk', but I couldn't find anything
similar enough to this problem and I don't want
to start trying every little thing if I don't have
too. Any other detailed suggestions would be
appreciated. I just need some files off of it, I
don't need use it anymore.
Thanks
Dwain

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by Cesarmcp In reply to Recovering data from Bad ...

Dwain:

I have sort of a similar problem. I recently build a new system and the hard drive just plain crashed on me. In my case, it was a WD HD which has a neat diagnostic tool. I slapped the diagnostic tool on the floppy drive and rebooted the PC. Then I used their software tool and selected diagnostic. It found some disk errors and other problems and fix it just enough to enable me to boot up to my HD. Keep in mind that prior to actually doing that I had to use the handy set up disk I had previously build.

I am not sure about who is your hard drive manufacturer is but you might want to look into it. I hope this would help you.

Regards,

Cesar

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by Cesarmcp In reply to Recovering data from Bad ...

Additionally, you can try boot up the bad HD with a boot up disk or try the Sys.com command to copy the system files from one drive to another drive allowing that drive to be bootable. The three files that are transferred are IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS, and COMMAND.COM (if you are using IBM’s version of DOS, they are named IBMIO.SYS, IBMDOS.SYS, and COMMAND.COM).

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by dmiles In reply to Recovering data from Bad ...

Check TechRepublic for an articl on 200 Ways to Revive a Hard Drive,it is possible that it may have some info that you can use

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by Bob Sellman In reply to Recovering data from Bad ...

I had a similar problem a while ago, and although it was a Win98 drive (drive C of course), you probably can do something similar with Win2K.

You need to boot up to DOS. The limitation is that if you are using the NTFS file system you must be able to create a floppy disk that will boot to DOS and be able to read NTFS. If you can do that and can see both your new master drive plus your defective drive (the slave), you may be in business.

If you can see the two drives and do a directory listing on the defective drive, you may be able to copy the files you need to your new drive, as long as the files you need are not in defective areas of the bad drive.

Good luck.

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by GuruOfDos In reply to Recovering data from Bad ...

Forget using Windows to recover files from a drive if it's recognised in BIOS but not in the O/S...

Better to use a Dos based utility. I had a WD 6.3GB fail miserably the other day. WDDiag said the drive was shafted....this was pretty obvious from the constant smacking of the armature against the inside of the HDD case! Goto www.simtel.net and search the archives for DOS Disk Recovery utilities...you will find some absolute gems there. Most of them are only a few hundred kb or so and you caneasily make some recovery floppies.

BTW, Ontrack quoted me over ?400 to recover the data from the (full) hard disk...I did it myself in 10 hours at home in fromt of the TV and recovered 6.2 out of the 6.3Gb using files downloaded from Simtel...the other 100Mb was mostly temp files and of no use!

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by Jonathan Wilson In reply to Recovering data from Bad ...

The first thing that jumps out at me was the fact that you used Win2K on the drive you are having problems with. Did you format it with FAT32 or NTFS5? If it was NTFS5 you will have to use another Windows 2000 drive to boot from with the suspectedbad drive set as slave. Windows 98 and below will not see a drive formated as NTFS5. Also a modification of a previous answer, did you make a energency recovery set for this machine? Those can also be used when boot files get croupted.

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