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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hard drive failure, need help

ok, so i have my computer with 2 harddrives. (both 120 gig maxtors 7200 rpms)

my c drive has my os and programs installed (master)
my d drive was for music, movies and downloads (slave)

i had a lot a valuable things on my d drive like 40 gigs of music, 25 gigs of top gear episodes and believe it or not but i was actually in the middle of backing up everything to my xbox over ftp.

an error pops up "no data found" i hit ok.. the computer froze. i restarted. everything was acting ok on restart. i try again, same thing but this time the "no data found" error pops up immediately. on next restart the D drive said: "this drive has not been formatted yet, would you like to format it now"

so now im freaked out. either this hard drive is completely crashed or the file system is corrupted. is there anything i can try to get my data off? i could put it in another computer as slave, but thats actually the config its in right now in this computer so i dont think that will do any good.

i just want in to the drive 1 last time, back up my info and im good.


help!!!
thanks,
mo
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 09:25 PM
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http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm

Make sure your drives got cooling on them..

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your data is probally safe, doesn't sound like a virus or physical crash, its just a matter of what it will take to retrieve it...
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Make sure your drives got cooling on them..

fuck yea! you are the man! i downloaded the trial version to test it. it took like 2 hours but it sees all the files and they should all be recoverable. looks like a bad boot sector.

i have the full version of the program now and will back it all up tonight to like 5 locations to make sure i dont have to go through this again.

i am going to modify my case and get a fan for each hard drive now.

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Next time you might also try using a live linux distro. I've had good luck reading from floppies, cds, ide drives, and even some raid just using a live linux distro to mount the drives and then copied the data off over the network.

One reason I carry now a USB key that has a bootable linux distro on it.

Check out Damn Small Linux.

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