Hard drive corrupt and unreadable

June 29, 2005 at 15:33:35
Specs: XP sp2, P4 2.4/768ddr

I put my Maxtor 160gb in an external USB enclosure for a backup system and backed up 70gb worth of files of my PC hard drive, then my PC crashed a few days later and after reinstall the drive was showing in explorer but error message:
F:\ is not accesible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

My drive is now back in my PC and wondered if there is any way I can reload the file structure back on or have I lost the lot. The drive in disk management is showing healthy but totally blank.

I don't want to pay out to get it recovered if possible.

Any ideas?

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June 29, 2005 at 18:20:23

if you rt click on the drive in disk manager what are your options and can you actually browse the drive?

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June 30, 2005 at 01:34:34

Well, I know you don’t want to buy anything to restore your partition, I thought the same, until understand: it’s a law of life – if I want to recover something really important, I just have to pay. You know, I didn’t find anything like Acronis Disc Direct Suite, the same reliable and really working tool to restore information. It really restored ALL my files in lost partition! So despite it isn’t free, I would advise you exactly this product.

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June 30, 2005 at 02:53:58

i had the same problem and with a similar hard disk 160Gb
what i did was used some software known as file scavenger from teh net and set it to get only the neccesary files i needed and only managed to recover about 80gb,the rest i gave up and just formated the drive.
so just try some data recovery software and get ur important stuff and leave the other.
hope it works for u also.
Bye Bonzi

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June 30, 2005 at 15:16:45


I can't browse the drive at all. In disk management the file system is showing blank.

If I right click the drive I get all the same options, only 'Mark partition as active' is greyed out.

It looks like I've gotta pay up and buy some software but wanted to know if there was another way.


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June 30, 2005 at 15:21:50

is make dynamic an option there as well? what are the file systems of each drive as well (ntfs/fat32/etc)?

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June 30, 2005 at 15:26:56

No dynamic option.

My XP drive is NTFS but the problem drive was NTFS but is now showing as blank in disk management.

It seems to have lost it's NTFS file system.

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June 30, 2005 at 15:30:28

I've just downloaded a trial file recovery software to see if it can help but says boot record not found?

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July 1, 2005 at 18:06:14

Cheers Bonzi, file scavenger worked a treat even if I did have to pay out some spondoollies.

Gawd bless ya guvnor

Thanks to all for your time.

Badger retreats to his set until the next mystery!!

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July 24, 2005 at 07:01:53

Hey guys,

I didn't start this thread but I used GetDataBack and got all the files back and was wondering if there are any good external harddrives out there these days. I bought the LaCie's 160gb but I hear problems with the drive. (i.e. drive reads fine but after awhile window says it is unformatted and needs to be formatted. losing all the files inside.)

THanks in advance and god bless!

He says, 'Hi~'

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