Hard Drive Failure


J

jayhay

When I try to access my second hard drive, I now get this message:
"Drive not formated. Would you like to format now?"
Both the BIOS and fdisk recognize the drive correctly, however.

This is an 80 Gb Seagate drive that I use only for data.
I don't care much about the drive, but there's one data file (1.3 Mb)
on it that I desparately need.

Any suggestions?
 
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R

Rod Speed

jayhay said:
When I try to access my second hard drive, I now get this message:
"Drive not formated. Would you like to format now?"
Both the BIOS and fdisk recognize the drive correctly, however.
Looks like something has screwed the partition table etc.
This is an 80 Gb Seagate drive that I use only for data.
I don't care much about the drive, but there's one data file (1.3 Mb)
on it that I desparately need.
Any suggestions?
Try a decent recovery program like Easy Recovery Pro.

It aint free tho.
 
E

Eric Gisin

Most likely a corrupt boot sector or bad sector in critical area.
Download SeaTools, burn to CD, and see what it reports.
 
H

Harry331

Rod Speed wrote...
Looks like something has screwed the partition table etc.



Try a decent recovery program like Easy Recovery Pro.
Acronis Disk Director is another good program.
It consists of Partition Manager, Boot Manager, Partition
Recovery and Disk Editor.

I once screwed up a Raid 0 disk (trying to clone it) on an HP
Proliant server. The hdd finally booted up empty. I used
Acronis Disk Director's Partition Recovery to recover all the
"lost" partitions on the 300GB HDD. I would never try to clone
a RAID disk again.
 
J

jayhay

I tried to recover my hard drive using fdisk /mbr, but the drive was
beyond repair.
Next, I tried the software approach as some of you suggested.
I was amazed and delighted when I recovered not only the file I
desparatly needed, but all the files on the dead drive.
The utility program I used was "PC Inspector File Recovery"
It took several hours to scan the drive, but that was OK.
Thanks for the help, it's appreciated.
 
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Rod Speed

I tried to recover my hard drive using fdisk /mbr,
but the drive was beyond repair.
Next, I tried the software approach as some of you suggested.
I was amazed and delighted when I recovered not only the file I
desparatly needed, but all the files on the dead drive.
The utility program I used was "PC Inspector File Recovery"
It took several hours to scan the drive, but that was OK.
Thanks for the help, it's appreciated.
Thanks for the washup.
 
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