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D:\ is not accessible

Homebuilt on Intel SE440B
December 5, 2006 at 13:34:33
Specs: Windows XP-Pro & SP2, Pentium III @ 600MHz / 76

Hi Gang,

This morning everything was OK then I went to check on a file on my "D" drive and got the following message;

"D:\ is not accessible - The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"

The drive is recognized at bootup, Device Manager says it is working but under the Volumes tab there is no data. Disk Doctor cannot read it either I have also tried Chkdsk /f with no luck.

I have downloaded Western Digitals diagnostic program and ran the Quick Test and all seems OK. ON the WD screen I did notice that it lists my IDE "D" drive as SATA.

I had done a system files backup to a USB drive using the Windows backup utility and also backed up my Pics but that was several weeks ago. Do you think the files back up would restore the "D" drive.

I have a short term memory problem so please take things step by step.

Thanks in advance, Bob

If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.


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#1
December 5, 2006 at 13:56:28

Do you think the files back up would restore the "D" drive.

No. You need to first figure out why this happened. What were you doing with the HD prior to its happening?

i_XpUser


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#2
December 5, 2006 at 13:59:46

Hi XP,

I was browsing eBay and the only other thing I did was to shut down and change out my keyboard. Boot up was normal.

Bob

If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.


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#3
December 5, 2006 at 14:21:17

How old is it? If that's pretty old (3 years or more), I would replace it because in most cases the diagnostic & testings are done in vain.

i_XpUser


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#4
December 5, 2006 at 14:29:14

It's got to be more than 3 years old but last night I downloaded over 100 pics from my sons camera that are irreplaceable and after we were sure they were OK he erased & reformatted his card so I have to try to get them back.

I just tried System Restore but it gave me a message that drive "D" could not be done because it had been changed, removed or turned off so I did not go any further with it. I just checked all of the connections and they seem OK.

Bob

If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.


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#5
December 5, 2006 at 14:57:19

Hard drives do not care what's stored on it. They all will fail anyway (remember the MTBF theory?)

I have countless digital pictures. Before I erase the files from my SD, I always copied them first to HD (internal or external - doesn't matter) and also burn to CD-R for archives. This is my insurance against situation like this.

i_XpUser


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#6
December 5, 2006 at 15:53:16

Try this to recover the partition/disk.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...

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#7
December 5, 2006 at 15:55:13

"I have downloaded Western Digitals diagnostic program and ran the Quick Test and all seems OK."

You must do the long test too - the Quick test will not find many of the problems the long test does.
If the drive passes both tests of the drive itself, there is nothing wrong with the drive, but if it says there are data organization problems, you may have major problems with the data on the drive that need to be fixed.
It is not a good sign that Norton Disk Doctor can't see it. Did you use the installed Windows version of NDD or did you run it from the CD - try inserting the CD in Windows and running it from the CD if you haven't already.


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#8
December 5, 2006 at 17:03:01

XpUser - It was late & I did not make a CD backup last night. There was no sign that the drive may have been going bad, no noises and no lag times.

Per - I tried your link and am having trouble getting around in it, the first test said the disk was OK, will keep you advised

Tubesandwires - I will run the long version. I ran NDD from the installed version, I will try running from CD.

When I get all of the above done I will advise you, Thank you all for your time & efforts.

Bob


If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.


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#9
December 5, 2006 at 19:26:00

Thanks kathe but SS does not permit that kind of expendature

Tubesandwires - I ran the full WD program and came up clean. Then I ran NDD directly from CD and got the following "Unable to access drive D - The volume does not contain a recognized File system" Also it identified my IDE drive as a SATA drive if that helps.

Incidentally the "D" drive is only the one partitian

Per - I am going to try to figure out your test program.

Thanks again for your help.

Bob

If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.


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#10
December 5, 2006 at 20:22:15

Hi all,

Follow up: I rebooted my system and chkdsk started to run and it correctly identified my drive "D" by name and NTFS then it started to run and came up with the following message "corrupt master file table" then it aborted. Any ideas?

Thanks, Bob

If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.


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#11
December 6, 2006 at 00:19:54

Per's link is worth a shot.

Other stuff I found:

"Here is another link that I found that really has a good description of their failure and how they fixed it."
http://www.ctunion.com/node/38
....

"In this case we recommend you to use third party software, like Active@ UNERASER for DOS or Active@ File Recovery for Windows to access and save your files to another drive, and then reformat the partition."

Active@ UNERASER is a powerful hard drive recovery software for DOS and Windows (Console) that can recover deleted files and folders on FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS file systems. $50
http://www.uneraser.com/

Active@ File Recovery is a utility which allows you to recover deleted files or to recover files from deleted or damaged partitions. $30
http://www.file-recovery.net/

(Active file recovery might be enough)
.....

Master File Editor, or recover the files from your partition:
$30
http://www.omnixray.com/disk_utilit...

Works even if your Windows won't boot.
........

PC Beginner utilities suite - $30 till Dec 6 midnight, regular $70.
Can download an image of the CD.
http://www./tools/pcd...
Scroll down to Partition, Format, Clean Up Hard Drive

If it doesn't help, there are lots of other utilities on it you can use for other things.
.......

"Also it identified my IDE drive as a SATA drive if that helps."

That is really weird.


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#12
December 6, 2006 at 07:41:34

Hi Per,

First let me say thanks for the time you have spent on my behalf, I really appreciate it.

I have been to that site and I do not know if 2000 & XP-Pro are close enough in structure for that program to work. I nearly downloaded it last night

On the other programs that you have listed I am on Social Security and right now buying a program is not an option.

My unit boots & runs XP and mostly everything else my "D" was my data drive, Pics, word files etc so I will keep searching for a free recovery utility.

I tried to get to my Norton's protected files to see what was in there but cannot remember how. I have nearly 2,000 files placed in there the day my drive went down and they may have been written to the "D" drive.

I am going to fool around with Pers program some more.

Thanks again for your efforts.

Bob

If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.


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#13
December 6, 2006 at 08:10:23

Test disk runs under all operating systems.

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#14
December 6, 2006 at 10:56:30

Hi Per,

I have been running segments of Test Disk, so far so good. I am still unable to access the disk though. Am going to try another reboot.

The program that I did not know if it would run on XP is chkreg.exe which Tubesand wires referres to, the first item in response 12.

Thanks again for trying to help.

Bob

If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.


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#15
December 6, 2006 at 13:22:02

I think you mean CHKDSK /R. Run it from the recovery console. There is a help menu to tell you how to run it on D drive or any other.

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#16
December 6, 2006 at 20:06:10

You could try these but neither may be able to deal with a corrupt MAT:

ADRC Data Recovery Software Tools v1.0
http://www.adrc.net/data_recovery_s...

NTFS Reader DOS Boot Disk
http://www.ntfs.com/products.htm
If it can see the files, it can copy them to a FAT (or FAT32) file system, but not to a NTFS file system.

I did a lot of searching for something that will repair a MAT - those links I found were the cheapest of the lot, and I found no freeware that specifically mentions repairing one.

Perhaps per can find you other utilities that run from Linux.

I don't have much income either, but you may have to buy something, if for no other reason than for your problem to resolved a lot faster - the time you spend trying to solve this is not really free.


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#17
December 7, 2006 at 07:16:27

Hi Tubesandwires,

Again Thanks for your efforts, I also spent a goodly amount of time searching the great WWW and came up empty.

I was running part of Pers TestIt program yesterday and when it got done I got a message that my "C" drive was full. I had 17+ Gig on it before I started so now I have to check out that drive and see if it may have copied data from "D" to "C" so far no luck. TestIt did report something to the effect that the Boot sector was mirrored and OK but I don't know how to proceed from there

Might as well get started, have a great day All.

Bob

If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.


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#18
December 7, 2006 at 19:26:04

Hi All,

Just wanted to say thanks to all who extended a hand to try to help with my problem, your efforts were appreciated.

All efforts on this end have failed so I have taken the cowards way out and reformatted the drive.

After reformatting I checked my other drives and found that I have gotten back all of the space that I lost on my "C" drive. How? God & Bill Gates only know.

I have now found another problem having to do with cluster size and may post that later.

Thanks Again, Bob

If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.


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