I have a WD 40GB HD on which Windows XP SP2 is installed. Everything was peachy until one day I woke up to find the computer constantly rebooting itself. (The previous day I had installed a new DVD-RW drive which Windows accepted and it worked fine. I don't know if the DVD-RW drive had anything to do with what happened, but it's been removed.). After rebooting itself, it would get to the Windows splash screen and then the blue screen of death would flash very quickly. I was unable to boot in Safe Mode and booting the last known good configuration didn't work, so I disabled automatic restart and my blue screen of death said, "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. UMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME A search online revealed nothing (it was not damaged file system error 0xC0000032).
I ran chkdsk /r and was told "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems." I ran WD's diagnostics which said the HD itself is not experiencing any failure.
I then bought a new HD, installed Windows in it, and slaved in the toasted drive. Windows is unable to read anything from the toasted drive. It shows that the HD is completely full, but I know that I had at least 5 GB of unused space left on the HD. I bought Norton Ghost 9.0 and ghosted the drive, but Norton was unable to read the image it created of the HD.
Of course, I'm stupid and never back up my data. On this HD is four years of important documents, files, work, blood, sweat, and tears, and most importantly, four years of digital pictures of my family. I absolutely cannot under any circumstances lose this precious data, and cannot take another lecture about how I should have been backing up. Yes, I know. I get it. I will never fail to back up my data again.
The question is, where do I go from here?
I went ahead and unplugged the new drive and set the toasted drive up as master again, and went through the first steps of reinstalling Windows. I do not have an option to repair the original Windows installation...it shows one partition with 38000+ MB of free space. This is where I stop. I am afraid if I install in that "unknown" partition I will lose data.
What do I do? Do I give it up and take the drive to a data recovery specialist or is there anything at all I can do from home?
Thank you for taking the time to read all of this.
Edited by cakepro, 06 June 2005 - 02:57 AM.