broken hard disk

Seagate / I dont remember
June 2, 2009 at 21:36:42
Specs: Windows XP, celeron 2.4Ghz/512 of RAM
i have a hard disk that almost broken,before,i found it on broken computer,then i pick it up and i try to check it too,i try to format it,but the result is taking so long,it seems like not responding,i try to cancelled formating process,and i try to quick format,the result is done,and then i put some data inside this disk,but after i restart my computer,all data in that disk was gone,i try to check condition in computer management console,all fine,no problem found,this is why im confuse,how it happened,and how to fix this disk
thanks to attention
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June 2, 2009 at 22:57:23

May be your disk may be gone or try to check whether any viruses are their or check this website they can assist you.

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June 2, 2009 at 23:26:12
i already scaned this disk with up to date avira antivirus,no virus found,and when i show this disk in computer managemen console,the disk was online and healty,basicly,the problem is the disk cannot formatted using normal NTFS formating,and the disk cannot keep all data inside,
i think,it just because MBR (main boot record) had a phisical problem,because basicly this disk was old disk,i found it in PENTIUM 2 PC's,the things that i needed now is tools for fix MBR, tools for checking disk ( with extraordinary features,because windows checking disk dosn't work) and tools for formating hard disk,
may you have one or link to get it?
thanks for support

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June 3, 2009 at 00:40:02
Hm... I think you need to run a check disk on it to know if there is a bad sector on the disc and make the proper format on it.

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June 3, 2009 at 02:28:29
Sounds like bad sectors. A quick format just re-writes the volume boot record and the file index. A full format writes data across the whole disk and that is where it is having problems.

I don't very much is it is the MBR because if that were at fault you wouldn't even be able to start a format. The easiest way to sort MBR problems is to delete all partitions and recreate them. If that fails it indicates that the area where the MBR is stored right at the beinning of the disk is faulty. In that case there is nothing that can be done.

The best thing to do is go to the drive manufactures web site and download there diagnostic application. They all have them. This will tell you what is wrong with the disk for certain.

Having said that a hard disk that cam out of a Pentium 2 computer is going to be old, very old in hard disk terms and it is probably beyond repair.


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