|I'm trying to fix my hard drive. |
One day, I plugged in this 20GB ide drive(i use for data storage only) that I know was working, and now it doesn't work. When I boot up, during POST it takes longer than normal, and when I look in explorer, it's there, but "view properties" takes forever and it says "drive is not formatted". Actually, the first time when it happened, I was able to browse the directories but not actually read files. Now it just says "not formatted", xp thinks the drive is blank.
PLEASE HELP. I need to access what's on the drive.
Why it's not working, here some clues-
1. I *did* drop the hard drive from like 3 inches in the air, but didn't land too hard, and it landed on carpet. The next day, I tried connecting it and it went "click click click". Tried a few more times, and eventually it worked, like once. Then the problems started.
2.The original OS that partitioned the drive was win 2000. so it uses win2000 ntfs. but xp is backwards compatible, right?
3.My current OS is VERY screwed up. Crashes all the time. Long story short, that drive has screwed up partition tables caused from a bad resize attempt. It is a 70gig ide drive. I do plan to re-install win xp, before I try any solutions to fix my broken 20gig drive. Because there is a chance, that simply hooking it up to such a screwed up win xp installation is what caused the problem to begin with.
Ok, I have heard if a drive spins up at all, I can install "data rescue pc 3", and it can recover bad ntfs volumes. Question, is there a free solution?
And is this fairly safe? I wish there was a way to put the drive in "read-only" mode so I know I'm not harming it any further.
-Thanks for your time.