Can't find primary slave
Posted 06 June 2005 - 06:48 PM
Posted 06 June 2005 - 07:02 PM
Also, has it just got the one partition on it?
Posted 06 June 2005 - 09:44 PM
Edited by Destructo Roboto, 06 June 2005 - 09:45 PM.
Posted 07 June 2005 - 07:51 AM
Actually it says its upartitioned space but theres still files on it, I know because I saw using a recovery program like I said.
I did invest in norton systemworks so I can recover my files once my computer actually finds the drive. My new drive is mounted normally not through USB so I'm not sure what you mean, and it does have jumpers on it. I've run through all the possible configurations. I can only get it to run if my new drive is the master and my old drive is the slave. It might be helpful to note that my new drive won't run without the old drive still plugged in, and the old drive won't run by itself.
Edited by grim4o4, 07 June 2005 - 08:26 AM.
Posted 07 June 2005 - 12:12 PM
You have got a point re. buying the software - I believe the utility he was using for files under 64k is Active undelete. - in which case it costs $40 USD.
It isn't gonna be a laptop if it has a primary slave drive though!
Please tell me you haven't used Norton on the drive since you've has this problem. And if you haven't, then don't, at least not until you've exhausted every other possible option.
OK, can you download this program (freeware) :
Create a folder in the root of the C drive called mbrtool
Extract the files from the download into it, then run the mbrtool.exe file.
When the menu opens, select option 2 to auto backup MBRs to file.
Then select option 3 to auto backup track 0 to file.
Next select option 4 [work with mbr]
Select option 5 [dump to text file]
when asked for the disk ID number, enter 1 (this assumes you DO NOT have a third hard drive in your system.
For source, enter O (thats letter O, not zero)
In a second or so, it will confirm that the dump was successful, just press ESC to quit.
Open the mbrtool folder you created, and locate the file called mbrtool.dmp.
Rename this mbrtool.txt & attach it to your next post.
Posted 07 June 2005 - 12:20 PM
Posted 07 June 2005 - 01:14 PM
But another way to recover the software might become available... not to mention it may not work but mine does so... if you wana risk more money who knows...
Edited by Destructo Roboto, 07 June 2005 - 01:15 PM.
Posted 07 June 2005 - 02:52 PM
I followed all the steps and on the last one it gave me an error and instead of creating mbrtools.dmp it said "-! Could not read/write selected disk (RC=FF81)
Yeah I know exactly what that means. It means you have to run mbrtool from a pure dos environment - something in windows is not allowing you access to the boot sector.
Download a windows98 boot disk from here :
select the win98se custom - no ram drive
Insert a blank floppy & run the file you downloaded, this will create the boot disk for you. When it done, copy the mbrtool.exe to the floppy.
Boot the system from the floppy disk (you may need to change the boot priority in the bios so floppy is the first in the list). When booted, from the A> prompt, type mbrtool.exe & follow the previous instructions but skip the first two instructions (option 2 & 3). The tool will dump the file mbrtool.dmp to the floppy.
Exit mbrtool & reboot normally to windows. Copy the mbrtool.dmp to the c drive, rename to mbrtool.txt & attach it to post.
Posted 07 June 2005 - 03:54 PM
Posted 07 June 2005 - 04:01 PM
Just delete some stuff of the boot disk, eg scandisk, format, fdisk, edit, extract, deltree, scanreg - just delete any that are in this list as you won't be needing them. Scandisk.exe alone takes up nearly 150KB.
You should have room for the mbrtool then.
Posted 07 June 2005 - 11:28 PM
Posted 08 June 2005 - 01:05 PM
Otherwise, try this website, it contains a mixture of shareware & freeware utilities, so be careful of any restrictions such as the 64K limit, that the shareware versiosn may have :
To be honest with you though, the more programs etc you use to recover the files with, the less chance each successive one will have of recovering any correctly. This is because certain utilities like these may make slight alterations to the drive as part of their normal operation. This can make it more difficult for a different utility to recover files afterwards.
If you have found one that works (ie the one you've been using for files <64K), then I would be tempted to buy a license & just use that one. Data recovery programs rarely come free or very cheap if they're actually any good!
Posted 28 January 2011 - 02:09 AM
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