Fixing Hard drive after CHKDSK damage

February 14, 2011 at 19:19:28
Specs: Windows XP sp3, amd 64 athlon 4K/2gb
A couple of days ago I posted "XP wont boot after running chkdsk." With some fooling around I found I could get into the drive by installing the disk in an external drive case and accessing it from another computer. In Explorer I can see everything on the disk, but then what am I looking at? I'm no authority on what files are required to boot the system.
I tried to do a Repair Install but the prompt in the process where the user selects which drive to do the repair work did not list the damaged drive. But my other computer can see it in Explorer. I'm confused.
Any help out there? Or even some more questions I can seek answers for?
Thanks

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#1
February 14, 2011 at 20:03:50
perhaps you should download the test disk utility from the manufacturer of the drive in question....perhaps it is failing and needs to be replaced not redone. I suggest you download either "recuva" or "pc file inspector" if the drive fails and you cannot copy all the files you would like using it as an external drive. But I would test that hard drive before I went to all the effort to try and make an operating system work. There is usually a reason these checks fail.

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#2
February 15, 2011 at 06:58:52
if u dont have anythinhg on that drive, format it through the other computer and check

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#3
February 15, 2011 at 21:28:09
you can try the data recovery software by Stellar which can fix the CHKDSK of your hard drive problem.

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#4
February 17, 2011 at 20:31:24
Hey there everyone who offered help,
I looked into all the suggestions and I guess I'm just stuck with a Repair Install, since I can now "see" the problem drive at the choice point of a Repair Install. If all goes well, it won't be too painful. Thanks for your help all the same.

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