Solved Windows XP CHKDSK has destroyed my HDD

July 31, 2015 at 02:43:05
Specs: Windows XP, AMD FX6300
This has just happened to me only I DID NOT CANCEL CHKDSK I ALLOWED IT TO RUN it's operations took approx 45 hrs on a Maxdor internal 250gb HDD

After Reset The HDD was no longer showing in windows setup though still momentarily showed in BIOS when I selected it as boot device (because it was the boot drive) it went to a flashing cursor top left then BSOD, reset went into BIOS and hdd has completely disappeared from the list, ...My conclusion is Chkdsk has destroyed my HDD

s---e program that I will NEVER use again


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#1
July 31, 2015 at 02:51:37
Most likely your disk was on the way out and the extra activity was the last straw. Why did you need to run chkdsk on it - were you having problems?

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#2
July 31, 2015 at 03:31:00
Hi thx for the quick reply

Yes machine was running slowly ironically after I had just installed another HDD, any ran av malwarebytes etc, came up with nothing then when I was C/P some files it was really really slow, then it froze was forced to reboot after the reboot tried to c/p files again but this time got a "cyclic redundancy check" errors.. after googling all this got indication it was prob a disk error, best advice were to run chkdsk or spinrite, so ran the program and this was the result.

I believe the error was foolishly caused coz I did not format my new HDD (not 1 with problem) as it seemed to be working correctly as it was at this point showing the full 3tb but the copied files were after a short period not visible or that only part of the files were copied (due to indicated size)....idk but I think this may of been because the new (non affected) hdd is 3tb and I am still (not for much longer ) running win XP which I subsequntly found cant see the full size of a HDD if it is over 2tb, and cannot be formatted to GPT only fat and NTFS , so now it shows 746 gb, copied a few files files then indicated the "cyclic redundancy error" the problem HDD a maxdor 250gb was almost certainly active then had to shutdown as even the reboot button was having no effect, this is where I believe the damage was caused.

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#3
July 31, 2015 at 03:54:09
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That definitely sounds like a hard disk that was already dying; CRC errors normally indicate a damaged disk. That it happened around the time that you installed another disk, and that chkdsk pushed it over the edge, is just a coincidence IMO. This would have happened whether you had run chkdsk or not, so I don't think you can really blame the tool.

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#4
July 31, 2015 at 08:20:32
It's always helpful imo to have more than a single opinion, on any issie, just for peace of mind's sake as much as anything else, as I am not convince chkdsk isn't at least partly to blame , but I appreciate your feedback knowledge and Hu on this. thx man

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#5
July 31, 2015 at 08:29:10
Does the disk show "any" signs of life now?

Was (is) there anything on the disk you'd like to have recovered?


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#6
July 31, 2015 at 09:10:56
No i don't see any signs of life, unfortunately

Yes. there is but I am resigned to losing it. will take out and hold on to the hdd and investigate forums, but not very optimistic to be honest....P


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#7
July 31, 2015 at 11:04:11
Long shot... wrap the drive in paper towel; place isn plastic bag (e.g a sandwich bag); place i the fridge (bottom shelf) for about an hour... Some suggest the freezer is OK and again about half an hour. (I've only ever used the fridge area...)

Remove drive in bag from wherever; open bag and loosen paper towel a little - but do not remove it entirely. Let the bag and contents breath as it were for a few minutes - 5 maybe 10 at most. Remove drive from bag and paper towel. Using a suitable usb adapter (a typical cable system is ideal - rather than proper enclosure) connect to a working computer (via usb of course). There is "very slight chance that the drive may resurrect "long enuff" for you to access contents;and copy to DVD and/or the hard drive of the computer to which it's attached.

If it does it will do so for a wee while and then possibly go down again.. If so repeat the cooling process as above; and then reconnect etc. to the working computer and see if you can access/recover/copy more data? There will come time when it will not resurrect.

Ideally do the whole recovering data process in a cooler rather than warmer environment. Idea is to keep the drive "cool-cold" as long as possible. Running/accessing the drive will generate heat, the drive will warm up - and that may cause it to fail again; at which point you repeat the cooling process as above.

This is usually effective with drives that have started to click etc.; and even "stuck/jammed/failed to spin up... The cooling of course increases the clearances of the moving parts and thus allows a possibly "stuck" drive to spin up for a wee while at least.

You have nothing to lose by trying it; so I suggest you give it a go?

The paper towel is absorb any moisture/condensation that may otherwise land on the drive assembly when it goes into the fridge/freezer, and when you remove the bag and drive from the fridge/freezer and let it breath a little. When you connect the drive to the working computer just double check there is no moisture on the electronics side (if exposed); and if there is mop up/dab off with a tissue?


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#8
July 31, 2015 at 14:02:31
I agree, without running ChkDsk you might have got another day or week out of the drive, but not much more than that.
I assume that you checked to see that you did not bump or nudge the wires to the old hard drive when you installed the new larger drive because if the connector was knocked partly out, it could act this way also.
The frig/freezer think cannot hurt at this stage and you might be able to save some important files.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
August 1, 2015 at 09:34:50
Chkdsk does NOT destroy disks. All it does is read and write data. If a disc was unable to withstand that it was about to fail anyway and the chkdsk activity finished it off.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#10
August 2, 2015 at 00:54:06
I have had some success in the past with Hard Disk regenerator

https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sour...

Not sure where I got it, but installed to a bootable CD

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#11
August 5, 2015 at 18:54:03
that happened to me once, but I don't know how to save my drive and data on it

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#12
August 5, 2015 at 23:39:36
Did you try the coolong routine and also utility suggested in above responses?

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#13
August 6, 2015 at 01:54:52
thx for all the advice and responses, and i will be sure to try out your suggestions, currently I am waiting for a repalcement HDD, just a small point would it be wiser to try the coling method first or the regen idea, provided of course I can find the software?

Really appreciate all the advice guys, and such a true phrase about insanity couldn't agree with that more. and I will also try and remember to post back here whether I have any success or not, it would be nice if I could save my files though so I'll cross my fingers now

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#14
August 6, 2015 at 05:02:16
No harm to trr to freezer method - but you will need a working computer to attach the drive too (via usb if possible); and then access/save files that way - if it works long enuff to allow it?

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