Hard Drive Corruption

Dell / Inspiron 5100
July 21, 2009 at 12:34:41
Specs: MS Win XP Pro, Any
I am currently working on recovering all the information
that I possibly can on a Hard Drive that had been

I tried to fix it with CHKDSK /R, but I received several
errors, and the Hard Drive only got slower.

I tried Defragmentation before that but it would not

I ran a program called BartPE, which is a bootable OS
on a CD to try to see if I could run CHKDSK /R again,
but the HD was not recognized by the CD OS after the
first CHKDSK /R. The computer can actually see the
disk and enter it, but some files seem to be
unavailable and I get constant write delay errors.

What would I be recommended to do next?

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July 21, 2009 at 12:52:41
The drive might be in such bad shape that no recovery can be made. But you could 'try' one or more of the following:

PC Inspector (freeware)

Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs

Ontrack's 'Easy Recovery'

File Scavenger


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July 21, 2009 at 13:06:59


UK MP's are thieving scumbags.
EU members are worse.

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July 21, 2009 at 16:32:46
I will check out the software, thanks guys!

But... before I do try any third party stuff I would just like to
know if any one knows of a cmd switch or some kind of
windows integrated feature that can be used to recover data?

I do not have backups, so the process will be even slower. The
problem also resides in the drive with the data, so it is critical
for me to make the most of what I got.

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July 21, 2009 at 18:06:05
You could try a live version of Linux. Knoppix is one I have used. Knoppix installs to, and runs from, one CDR or DVDR.

Knoppix may be able to see the files for recovery.

Is the hard drive the original Dell drive?

You could try repairing using testdisk. If you try testdisk be sure to read the tutorials carefully before using.

You can also run a drive fitness test from the drive manufacturer. First concentrate on recovery.

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July 22, 2009 at 11:20:43
I am actually interested in downloading Knoppix, I have used it before.

I look for the download later.

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