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hdtv?

I received a 300GB Western Digital SATA hard disk drive with the
report that it had been subject to an electrical event (lightning
strike nearby?). It was a XP boot and data drive. There is no recent
backup.

The hdd detects as a second behind the operating system. The hp
recovery partition is evident and properties
indicates that partition is probably ok. The o/s, application, data
partition indicates 0 bytes.

As this is one physical drive why would the HP recovery partition be
ok and the o/s, app, data partition be destroyed?

So far I have tried 3 software tools, R-Studio reports the defective
partition "disk is locked".
Casper recognizes the failed partition but cannot clone due to the hdd
format.
A 3rd software that boots from a floppy fails to recognize the hdd
that is failed.

At this time I am running Acronis in an attempt to clone.

Any other software tools I should try - especially ones that have been
successful under these circumstances.

btw re professional Data Recovery the owner has indicated he does not
intend to proceed in that manner ($'s).
 
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Rod Speed

hdtv? said:
I received a 300GB Western Digital SATA hard disk drive with the
report that it had been subject to an electrical event (lightning strike
nearby?). It was a XP boot and data drive. There is no recent backup.
The hdd detects as a second behind the operating system.
The hp recovery partition is evident and properties indicates
that partition is probably ok. The o/s, application, data
partition indicates 0 bytes.
As this is one physical drive why would the HP recovery
partition be ok and the o/s, app, data partition be destroyed?

Because that partition was in use when the electrical event
happened and so the data structures of it got damaged.
So far I have tried 3 software tools, R-Studio
reports the defective partition "disk is locked".
Casper recognizes the failed partition
but cannot clone due to the hdd format.
A 3rd software that boots from a floppy
fails to recognize the hdd that is failed.

Then that partition is likely rather comprehensively screwed.
At this time I am running Acronis in an attempt to clone.
Any other software tools I should try - especially ones
that have been successful under these circumstances.

I like Easy Recovery Pro myself.
 
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mark.d.mars

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