Skip to comments.Everything on my hard drive got destroyed
Posted on 05/28/2004 9:58:21 AM PDT by dennisw
60 gigabytes. Never had problems with it. Yesterday Windows XP froze a few times. Then the computer refused to boot up again. Boot sector wiped out? I can deal with that! I then installed this drive as a slave and it wasn't recognized... was invisible.
With Partition Magic this hard drive shows up as 60 gig of (exact words) unallocated space. It had 3 partitions which are now all gone.
I used the Western Digital Utilities and the hard drive checks out as being in good shape. No errors.
I was using Norton Anti Virus. Using a firewall on a cable connection.
I don't see any references on internet to hard drives being killed all at once.
The hard drive was 50% backed up.I will consider a data recovery company if the price is reasonable.
http://www.ontrack.com/ I believe is the URL
Do you have a hammer?
One time at work something similar happened to a mac drive. We shipped it to symantec and they were able to recover the data. That was 4 years ago and I think it cost $2-300.
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Best Buy did mine for $60.00 last year. I don't know if that's a good price, but it was well worth it to me. Good luck!
Data recovery will cost about $600. I have seen widespread hard drive crashes on laptops in recent years. Usual symptoms: runs fine, then a couple of lockups, then ocassional blue screen crashes, then failue. Usually occurs over several days time.
I'll try Knoppix but I think since Partition Magic shows nothing but unallocated space, Knoppix won't see anything more. Won't see the 3 partitions the drive had.
You might be pleasantly surprised.
It must be zero or your drives will not be recognized.
OK, Don't Laugh, but this just recently happened to my daughter.
Same symptoms, it was either there and empty or not there at all.
Turns out to have been the hdd controller, which was surface mounted to the motherboard (HP laptop)
I suggested she put the entire laptop in the fridge, get all the components very cold (she almost froze the LCD liquid!) then give it a try.
In a word - WORKED!!
for about 30 minutes, which was long enough.
I'm am pretty sure that the technical reason this happened to your drive is -- IT'S GEORGE W. BUSH'S FAULT!!!
That reminds me. I better back up my drive.
"Unallocated space" means only that the file allocation table has been hosed. The actual data are still on the disk -- and in fact, most of your FAT is probably there as well.
"Unallocated space" means only that the file allocation table has been hosed............
Are viruses etc. known to do this? Kill the file allocation table?
I remember one time my hard drive crashed and it wouldn't even reboot. I took it to some computer guru - he tried to boot it a few times, while stroking his long beard.
He then banged the computer a few times and it booted right up. He then said that will be fifty bucks. He said my hard drive is about to crash for good so I better back up.
Try banging on the hard drive a few times. It has worked for me twice after that throughout the years.
P.S. Let me know if it works.
You may be able to recover all or most of the data if it was formatted NTFS originally. I've done so a half a dozen times whea a drive's $MFT went pffsst! A small inexpensive application called File Scavenger will do the trick. As a matter of fact, it will even recover data from a reformatted drive. Let me know if you need more info or help in finding or using the program. When I lose a drive these days, my blood pressure actually drops. I get to have some fun.
Next time Ghost your machine. Cheap insurance for about $30.00....and send the image to a second HD.
OnTrack is going to be your best bet...
I'm running IDE RAID1 (Mirrored) drives. Drives are cheap and it is worth the few extra dollars for the peace of mind.
Many system boards support IDE RAID out of the box.
I also have a personal practice of backing my wife's and my documents to a CD every 6 months.
BTW. Once you have your data back, consider using a hard drive to back up your hard drive. I do this and once you get past the initial expense of a second hard drive, removable drive bay or USB case, there is nothing better. You set it to back up before you go to bed. No disk flipping, no fuss. I back up a lot more frequently now that I have this in place.
"Hello.... my name is Steven Thrasher...."
(Warning: naughty language)
If it's a NTFS drive you might try the File Scavenger product from this company:
No relationship to the company or anything, just a user. I've used it with great success but I suspect there are some situations that it can't handle but you never know....
it could have been simply a defective surface area probably somewhere in the FAT area.
The hard drives are so low cost they are NOT providing any QC - people cost money!
We have our choices - cheap or good - good being defined as tested through a good QC program and backed with PRIDE by the manufacturer.
I hate when that happens.
LOL! Utterly classic....
THanks... I will try file scavenger.
Ontrack has a program named Easy Recovery Professional.....you have to buy it but if it doesn't recover the data for you then the price of the program is subtracted from the data recovery costs if you send it to them.
Also, a local tech may be able to recover the data for you for $50 if he knows what he is doing.
I had the same experience with an old Gateway computer running Windows 3.11. Every once in a while it would say it couldn't find the C drive. I would give it a sharp slap or two on the right side of the case, reboot, and it would come up fine.
I assume it was a mechanical problem, something loose somewhere, but I couldn't find where the problem was, and the computer at that point was too old to be worth upgrading.
I bet your next one will be 100% backed up.
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When you try to restart do you see any message at all?
sorry to hear that, Dennis. Good luck.
Steven Thrasher (a.k.a. Al Gore)
I bought a Western Digital hard drive last June. I mainly use it to store files and pictures, but don't put many programs on it. A few weeks ago, while trying to open a file, I received an error message. When I rebooted my computer, it showed the drive was completely blank and unformatted. I think it's a physical problem with the drive, and not virus or software related.
Very timely thread - next time, backup - you moron
If the computer BIOS recognizes the drive then it very likley is not a hardware failure.
Try GetDataBack to recover the data.
Who backs up anymore? I know we are supposed to but we don't. I like the idea of a second hard drive. They are so cheap nowadays anyway.
In other words the exact same thing happened to you? You lost everything and for no logical reason. Please note my drive is Western Digital too.
Try Knoppix, PQ is not a great recovery tool unless you are using the PTEDIT.EXE (partition table and boot record
editor) to recreate the table.
Never settle for one tool. Where PQ failed, GWSCAN worked or PTEDIT or Knoppix.
I've used this product. It's $49.95 for either NTFS or FAT
There's a free demo that will absolutely tell you whether it will work in your situation and whether you have the knowledge and understanding to use it. The demo is full featured, but will only recover small files.
It's a pain in the butt because once the file allocation table is gone there are multiple ways to interpret the remaining data. However this product and a lot of patience will recover everything that can be recovered.
Second that for File Scavenger. OnTrack wouldn't work on a 120GB drive I had, especially since it also had compressed folders on it. File Scavenger gave me everything back.
could be the romulans testing a new weapon?
When mine went down, I contacted a couple of the computer gurus at the university where I work. Neither of them had ever heard of one suddenly saying it was unformatted, and all the material suddenly vanishing. I reformatted it, and now it sometimes makes a funny clicking sound when I start up the computer; one time the computer said it wasn't there, but upon reboot, it found it. I suspect it's shoddy workmanship and a physical problem with Western Digital.
I'm waiting to see what kind of Memorial Day sales are going on this weekend at Best Buy and CompUSA. I'll be looking to pick up a new drive (NOT Western Digital) then.