|I have an old Dell Inspiron E1505 that I use for Skype calls and email. The hdd recently failed a Smart self-test. Internet search yielded 2 options; install new hdd or repair it. I know that hdd failure is an eventuality, but being "retired...with responsibilities", I've been hoping to forestall the inevitable. I used CHKDSK a couple of times, which worked until a power outage last week when my battery was low. The computer did not shut down correctly. Upon restart, there were repeated "Error loading operating system" messages. After many attempts with F12 (F8 no longer functions) BIOS does function, and I have use of the laptop.|
During the power outage, somehow my system volumes became RAW, and CHKDSK cannot read or correct. I reloaded BIOS 17, but nothing has changed. I want to un-RAW so I can continue to use CHKDISC or system repair.
My D drive is not working. I cannot repair system from disk. I downloaded ARCDC system recovery tool, but I see no option to load it on external hard drive, only to burn a disk.
I've run TestDisk 6.13 windows Data Recovery Utility which says my hdd structure is OK., and is offering the following: "selection to CHANGE partition characteristics
x= Primary bootable P=Primary, L=Logical, E=Extended, D=Deleted
Keys A:add partition, L:load backup, T:change type, P:list files
I'm returning to the TestDisk webpage to study up on what I need to do, as I'm unfamiliar with
I don't know if I'm wasting my time, as I am literature geek and not a computer geek.
Maybe I'm just an old geezer trying to evade the ineluctable modality of computer life and hard drive death.
" Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide, that rusty boot." James Joyce, "Ulysses".
Just now TestDisk reports "Can't open filesystem. Filesystem seems damaged."
Hmmm... OK. How to correct the damage?