Corrupted hard drive

August 20, 2009 at 19:31:55
Specs: Windows XP, 4 GB RAM
Hi,

About a week ago, I my hard drive started failing to boot into windows, and I got a BSOD upon every startup, even in safe mode.

I ran chkdsk which failed, bootcfg /rebuild which failed, and fixboot which failed.

I had lots of valuable, un backup data on this drive =(, so I've been trying to salvage the data. I bought a new hard drive, installed windows onto it, hooked my old drive onto it, and tried to open the old drive. I got this message: "The disk in drive E: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?"

I right clicked on the drive and properties said it had 0 used space and 0 total space.

Is there anything I can do? Please help, this data is important to me.


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#1
August 20, 2009 at 19:34:35
are you sure you set the old HD up as a slave on the jumpers?

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#2
August 20, 2009 at 19:39:20
I have two SATA hard drives...I read that for SATAs, there are no slave/master jumpers.

Maybe I'm wrong, in which case could you please tell me how to do this?


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August 20, 2009 at 19:43:26

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#4
August 20, 2009 at 19:54:53
it seems to me that the problem on that thread was the drive not showing up in "My Computer".

For me the drive shows up...I just can't access it. I think it was mentioned several times in that thread that SATA drives don't have the master/slave relationships.


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#5
August 20, 2009 at 20:14:47
Is there anything else that may be of help? Are there special drivers I need to be able to use multiple HDs? Is it possible to access or recover this data?

thanks


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#6
August 21, 2009 at 07:10:52
I upgraded the windows XP on my new hard drive to the latest service pack, and I no longer get the error!!!!!!!!! transferring my data over now...

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#7
August 21, 2009 at 08:29:26
I didn't realize you hadn't up up-dated windows, yes that would help, for sure.
Thanks for posting back

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#8
August 22, 2009 at 13:52:34
After backing all the important stuff up, I then ran a repair installation of windows on my old, corrupted HD, and it worked perfectly!

I just had to install all necessary the windows updates that weren't included in the boot disk and everything is like normal!


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