Win2k cannot boot, HDD unrepairable

Dell / Optiplex 110
May 6, 2009 at 10:19:15
Specs: windows 2000, 512mb
I got the blue screen and followed all the repair options that i've read of---from boot disket to ERD to try to reinstal to pair it with another HDD that has the same windows and pair it even with Vista. The farest I've got was with the ERD option ----but I got the message" Your Hard Drive may be corrupted and it cannot be repaired. Do I have a Master Boot virus or what is going on. I can reformat and loose all my data. I have bought a data recovery software that claims to recover files from formatted drives but I won't take the chance . Please Help!

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May 6, 2009 at 13:35:58
use a knoppix cd

keep the drive in the original system and detected/seen by the bios. boot the knoppix cd and see if you can see the drive contents

doesn't sound like a virus to me but a platter/disk failure. You will know more when you try to access it via knoppix

The hope is you see folders and files. Otherwise you can have partition corruptions or physical failure of the drive.

Sure makes backups a great idea now doesn't it?

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May 6, 2009 at 15:02:13
Could also be a 48 bit LBA compliance issue. Look at the link below.

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