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Recovering data from fried HDD


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Finished listing unreadable record segments, with message stating "file verification complete". no prompt, however, just staying at this screen. Not sure if it is working to fix or not, but I have the case open and I can here the drive every few seconds.
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Ok, so chkdsk tried to run hotfix to resolve the unreadable files, but this is the message that is displayed.

Insufficient disk space to hotfix unreadable file xxxx..

Thoughts on this?
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I went back to running Puppy and Pmount is no longer seeing the bad HDD. In fact, I can here the drive spinning quite loudly now. In what direction should I go next?

Edited by piggyprobe, 25 June 2008 - 12:26 PM.

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One of the recovery programs that I suggested before.
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When I reconnect the bad drive to my Win Pro machine, now I get a message about Primary drive 0 not found, strike F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility. If I run the setup utility, it opens the BIOS and the Drive configuration states the primary master drive is an unknown Device. I've made no chanes to this machine besides connecting the bad HDD a slave, so I have no clue what this meands upon exiting the BIOS i get an alert telling me to strike F1 to boot, F2 for setup utility, and F1 only repeats this message. Next, a hard power off and after everything spins down a fresh start, this time choosing F1 when the initial alert prompts me. Again, this only leads to a repeat of the alert. so now with the bad hdd installed as a slave, my xp pro machine will not boot. It will boot, however, once the slave hdd is removed.

I need a beverage...
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Try to connect it to the other flat cable. Disconnect the CD drive, jumper the failed disk as slave and boot. If not successful, jumper it as cable select. Just leave at as the only device on the secondary cable.
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Try to connect it to the other flat cable. Disconnect the CD drive, jumper the failed disk as slave and boot. If not successful, jumper it as cable select. Just leave at as the only device on the secondary cable.


Same deal as before, except now in stead of not recognizing the Primary drive, it's not recognizing the secondary drive. Hitting F2 to enter bios to check dis config and the primary master drive shows ad the good hdd, primary slave drive is off, but the secondary master drive shows as unknown device. My bad hdd is a maxtor, and to set it as a slave the jumper must be pulled completely (it is).

I does boot, but the drive is not recognized in my system.

Edited by piggyprobe, 26 June 2008 - 09:03 AM.

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I am afraid that your hard disk is finished and must be replaced. If the recovery programs do not find the disk then there is nothing that I can suggest except for asking for a quote from a recovery specialist.

Note: many hard disks that are considered defectives are not. I never throw a hard disk without trying to format, unless it's too old and small. If the format doesn't help I try to zero all bits. it takes time but I managed to save many disks.
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is there anything else we can try to get the drive to respond as a slave?
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I am afraid we can't other then double check in the BIOS. Look in the main menu and make sure that the slave disk is set to Auto detection. If it doesn't work, try manual settings and enter the parameters written on the disk or in the specs at Maxtor's site. Also check in other BIOS menus about IDE and make sure everything is enabled.

Other then that, if you tried all jumpering options on IDE 2 (slave, cls, master) and all failed, then I don't think there anything we can do.
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ok, thanks. If I can't get any of those options to work, I won't be able to reformat either.

Thanks again!.
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Sorry it didn't work.
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