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Sixto

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Hi I just read through the 3 pages of this topic and I have exactly the same problem with
my hard drive. I go up to post#30: I tried taking out my hard drive and installing it as an
external drive via USB to another computer. My problem goes on because the working
computer (with a good XP system) does not recognize the damage drive. I here the bells
sound when I plug in the USB, and the light at the external hard drive enclosure blicks
back and foward from yellow to red. So I'm back to post#22 for step 4. (see topic No. 117127)

[quote]
Our strategy for recovering your files:
1. Change internal hard drive into an external one.
2. Attach it to a working computer
3. If it is successfully recognized, simply transfer files.
4. If not, run repair programs.
5. If still not, use recovery programs
6. If still not, use quick format and then recovery programs.
7. If still not...that's it. Nothing else we can do.
[\quote]

My questions are: how can I get to read the damaged hard drive as an external one?
What repair/recovery programs will do it? The hard disk won't ´come up and I
don't have access to it.

I have tried every else mentioned before, with the windows cd reinstallation, recovery
console, repair, and chkdsk /r; extracting/coping the vgaoem file, etc. but nothing does it.
I just want to recover my files by changing my internal hard drive into an external one.
But it is not successfully recognized, and I can't simply transfer my files.

Any help for this nightmare, thanks.
S.



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Check in your Device manager and see if there are errors preventing that ex hd from being recognized. Once you get it showing, take ownership of your files.
http://support.micro...p;Product=winxp
HTH
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Thanks Johanna for your reply.

When I check in the Device manager the damaged hard disk (now as an external HD via USB which the driver works fine) won't show up,
it is not be recognized.

The only time the HD showed up is when I run the Online disk scan from
SeaGate's SeaTools. But even then I could not browse through the
disk.

Yesterday I downloaded the SeaGate's SeaTools Desktop and it is running a Full Diagnostic Test on the damaged HD. The driver and the
disk were recognized by this program that boots from a CD and runs
a check disk. The HD is being scanned since yesterday (>24hr) and
has accomplished 28%, for the time remaining say 55 hrs which jumps
up/down within that range.

I hope the disk gets fixed and not that this scan disk runs for 3 days
without success.

Any comments are welcome, otherwise I'll post after tomorrow if the
scan is completed.

S.
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Did you complete the scan you wanted to do? Try taking ownership of your files.

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Thanks Johanna for the follow up.

Actually the scan was taking so long because I was scaning the damaged HD
via USB connection. The remaining time keep increasing so I decided to cancel
it and re-install the HD in my laptop. That way can the scan run directly to the
HD and not via the USB as an external disk.

Then the scan finish in 2-3hrs but it found about thousand bad sectors ( I don't
know how representative is that in my 40GB HD). Then the program offer to
attempt to repair the bad sector by replacing the sector with an extra one from
the HD. But didn't work. SeaTools scan didn't fix successfully the bad sector.

Now I'm at the point where I did a quick formating of the disk. Now finally it is
being recognized by Windows and shows up right away when connected as an
external HD once again. (the no boot system there now).
I'm trying to get my files back with recovery software such as PC Inspector File
Recovery from the sector that can be read. But the problem is that only files of
1.43MG size are found (I guess this is the standard cluster size) and all are
unorganized (no name only cluster number, and sometimes won't open the file).

I could NOT "take ownership of my files" because the HD would not even show
under my computer when connected as an external HD. It was no recognized
by Windows even though I had it as a slave configuration. I check under the
'device manager' same thing ... would not show up.

Please, if any hints on how to recover files with order of folders, names ....
that would help. Or any other comments ... since no one ever did reply here
in this site.

Thanks.
S.
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Ouch. I wish you would have tried to copy the files in between the attempted repair of the bad sectors and the quick format. I wish you would have back ups to restore to. It sounds like the harddrive burped. Because of the format, it's going to be hard to get those files back in any semblance of normalcy without the kind of software you have to pay for. I don't know any good freebie file recovery systems- maybe someone else can recommend one? If you were a terrorist or child molester, the authorities would have those files reassembled in an hour or less! Google, and see what you find. Best of luck.
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