|My external hard drive (Seagate Barracuda 7200.11) decided to start to act up a while back, and eventually fell foul of the seemingly common 'LBA/stuck in BSY' state and it could no longer be recognized or accessed. I considered the drive dead and put it away for another day.. Now deciding there is important data on it that I would like to keep and having time on my hands, I recently dragged it back out and went about fixing it. I trawled the net and found how to fix the 'LBA/stuck in BSY state' which after a careful operation, I successfully managed to do.|
Now I found myself stuck at the original problem I had ... The drive is now recognized, shows a directory structure and reports used hard drive space, but none of the files are visible or accessible, so I couldn't get them off the drive. The drives operation sounds clean and quiet, suggesting to me that there is no heavy physical damage to the drive at all, although I do understand that just because it's quiet, it doesn't mean it's 'fine'.
Again I trawled the net for a solution to this problem, after advice from a wiki site and seeing CRC errors, firstly I ran a 'CHKDSK /r /f' from DOS on the drive. I started this at work yesterday and after about 2 hours it was apparent that it wasn't going to finish anytime soon and my shift was nearly over. It was throwing up a lot of errors about bad clusters, but it also said it was replacing these clusters, so things did look a little better. I decided that with time running out, I would cancel the CHKDSK and take the drive home and do it again, where I could leave it running for hours, even days if I needed to.
I left it running before turning it in last night and checked it this morning, it had a ton more bad cluster errors, but was now reporting that there wasn't enough space on the HD to repair these clusters, and at 10% the CHKDSK conked out with some very long error number to which I can find no reference at all to on the net. For the record, this drive was only about a quarter full, so there is easily plenty of space to replicate the entire file contents if so required (500Gb drive in total).
I have spent more time today looking for my next move, I tried to run CHKDSK again, but that now reports that the drive is in a RAW state and that it doesn't work with RAW drives. I've since downloaded and tried to use Recuva and although it can see the drive, it comes back with the error 'G:\ is not accessible - Data error (CRC)'. I've also tried ZAR9.2, but that hangs when 'Scanning MD RAID', I'm naturally presuming its falling over trying to figure out the now very ill HD.
Where I am now as I write this plea for help...
Opening 'My Computer' shows the drive, but it's now lost it's name and it simply referred to as 'Local Disk (G:)'.
Any attempt to open it throws up the same error that Recuva does (G:\ is not accessible (CRC)'
A 'Properties' of the drive reports it as of 0 capacity, with 0 used space and 0 free space.
I still cannot run a CHKDSK because of the RAW situation.
Of course, the easy way out is to just bin it, and I wouldn't hesitate if it didn't hold stuff that I really didn't plan on losing. So I find myself here asking if anyone could spare me a wee bit of time to shed some light on my plight.
Any help is greatly appreciated
Thanks in advance