Invalid Partition Table !
Posted 14 May 2008 - 06:05 PM
Posted 15 May 2008 - 08:50 AM
from the daniweb forums.
First off, did you try running either or fixboot and fixmbr? That sometimes is all that is needed. And yes, the recovery console restricts which directories you can get to.
on the fixmbr, yes, *anything* you do to attempt to repair the drive or MBR etc has the potential to make the problem worse. That's why the main task *before* doing any recover operations is to pull off any data you don't want to loose. Murphy's law comes into play here: If you have your data saved, nothing bad will happen when you attempt to revive the drive, but if you don't you will surely loose your data.
Another way to get at your data and copy it off to another location is to use NTFSDOS and a DOS boot floppy or CD. This program in read only form is free from sysinternals.com.
As far as Ghost goes, download BartsPE ISO image and burn to a CD. This has a bunch of tools on it including Ghost 8.0 and will also allow you to access your files and copy off to another location. With a second hard drive on your system or access to a network share that can contain the image of your dead drive, boot off of BartsPE CD and run the Ghost program under programs. The program is fairly intuitive.
Once you have a good image of your drive and/or your files safely copied off, remove the ghosted disk or unplug it and you can now run the various partition and disk recovery programs out there to see if you can get it to boot and run.
I cannot stress this enough, remember in data recovery scenarios, getting your data off is more important than trying to revive the drive. Only after you have recovered your data do you ever attempt aggressive drive recovery techniques.
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