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.
1 It will take about an hour to do an 80 gig drive.
2. Don't format the drive, choose the recovery option to recover a defunct volume.You will need the physical volume number, ( 0, 1, 2 & so on) which you can get from administrator tools>disk mamagement.
3. You will need another good drive to recover the files to. You can't recover them to the same volume.
4. When you choose the target drive to write the recovered files to, make sure you check the option to use folder names. It will then recover with the folder, directory, subdirectory names originally assigned, and I think partition too.
In the last 90 days, I have recovered every single file off a 120 Gig drive that blew off the Master File Table (63,000 files) and a 250 Gig for a litttle over 100,000 files. I haven't found a single file missing or corrupted yet. Good luck
You will need a little teeny torx screwdriver to remove the controller board.
Anyway, as funny as the original is, some devilish soul out there took the Thrasher call and gave it a soundtrack, if you can imagine. Or don't imagine - just listen ;)
Dennis while I have no tech help to offer I'm saying a quick prayer for an inexpensive and speedy solution.
What, does it come with a multiple-choice exam in the box? Do you activate it by solving a Rubik's Cube or something? ;)
Steven Thrasher... I did a google for the fellow but found nothing. Glad to see he got on with his life.
Here's a more hard-core Ode to Mr. Thrasher:
WesternDigital 60GB harddrives have been crappin' out left & right...I had one start acting funny on me as well.
It seems WesternDigital's is having MAJOR quality problems and are no-longer safe to buy.
Go with Maxtor, they seem 100% better in all regards.
#1: DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING! Like the doctors say, first do no harm.
Do not use any utilities that write to the drive, as they could damage it further. If it's your boot disk that's dead, boot with Knoppix to see if it's readable (Knoppix booting won't touch the hard drive). If it is readable (Windows just died, not the file system) you can try your Windows recovery disk or use Knoppix to move the data to its own folder on the hard drive and reinstall Windows without reformatting. If it isn't readable:
#2: Get another hard drive or other storage that can hold the data. For my 120GB hard drive I couldn't afford another drive that big (120 was the biggest available at the time and very expensive) so I pulled it off in chunks to the computer and wrote to DVDs.
#3: Have patience. This is going to take a while.
#4: Get software like File Scavenger ($40) or OnTrack (real expensive) that does read-only recovery of the drive. There is a demo of File Scavenger available to see if it works.
#5: If that doesn't work, decide if your data is worth the several hundred to several thousand dollars pros will charge for recovery. If the data is classified, well, how much you got left on your IMPAC card?
#5: After you're done, reformat the drive and do a sector-by-sector disk check. It should still be good to go if it was just a corrupted MFT that caused the problem.
I've seen cases where the hard drive's controller died, but often it's just the MFT getting corrupted. It's pretty rare (for me one time in five years of NTFS usage), but it does happen.
Well alrighty then! this poor soul has said everything I dearly wanted to say to tech support but didnt LOL!
Interesting... I got a new computer a couple of months ago & was figuring I'd just get rid of the old one, but now I think I may keep it hooked to our home network, share the hard drive root directory and just periodically back up data on it.
If you're going to back up hard drive to hard drive, consider just using RAID 1 (mirroring). Most modern motherboards have RAID 1 built in. If the hard drive dies, a perfect copy is always right there and you won't miss a bit of work (until you get a replacement drive and rebuild the array).
(I'm buying a 250Gb this weekend for the Athlon 2800+ toy I'm about to build. Brand unknown - the FRY'S ad doesn't say, but what, WD's are NFG? Anyone else to avoid?)
Looks to me like he blew away either the partition table or the entire MBR, not the MFT - nevermind files, he can't even find the partitions. With a low-level disk editor, you can track down the backup boot record (if it's an NTFS disk) and write it overtop the corrupt copy - I pulled that rabbit out of my hat a couple of months ago, but it's not for the faint-hearted ;)
No. The interface is exactly like the full product. You scan the damaged drive and it lists the files it has found, along with their dates and sizes. It just won't allow you to recover files above a certain size. If all your files were small documents, you wouldn't have to buy the product.
When the file allocation table is lost it is tricky to reassemble fragmented files. (This might be an obscure reason to run defrag.) On the NTFS disk I recovered there were multiple "views" of the files. The directory trees were partially lost of scrambled. It took quite a few hours to recover the important documents, but I got everything I needed -- Quicken files, several thousand emails, thousands of image files. I didn't try to recover anything but documents.
I recovered ALL the data ALL by myself with this GetDataBack.
You'll need to get a new drive, install it and install your windows restore disk or WinXP, whichever works. Then install the 'bad' drive as D Drive and run this software. If the data is there, this program will find it. I got it done all by myself. It was very cool. Someone recommended the Knoppix fast boot CDROM, that's another good way to see the drive from a non-windows point of view.
Just because Microsoft-based products can't see the data, doesn't mean it isn't there.
IBM went out of the drive business over their 60 gig drives. I, of course, bought three of them for myself and for family members. One of the three died, and that is the one I used RT on.
In defense of IBM, it was my fault the partitions were lost. Before I pushed the wrong button, all I had was a drive that booted with a S.M.A.R.T. warning. It still had all the data.
I screwed up trying to use a Maxtor utility to copy from the old to the new. The utility didn't work and while trying to do a fresh install of Windows on the new drive I accidentally deleted the partitions on the old one. The recovery program did get the documents from the old drive, but it was painful and time consuming.
Hmmm. Perhaps my smiley was too small. ;)
GetDataBack really saved my chestnuts a couple months ago...I can't praise it enough.
Step 1: Grab a hammer
Step 2: Beat the _(&)^&(^(%*%*%*&^ out of the hard drive.
Neither could I, the disk just wasn't there. But the recovery software took care of it easily, even if it did take forever.
I pulled that rabbit out of my hat a couple of months ago, but it's not for the faint-hearted ;)
Nice trick, but I'm a safety nut and try not to alter a drive that's died. Like you said, not for the faint-hearted, but you pulled it off!
I've used "gpart" to recover a couple partition tables in the past. It has the advantages of being free and working with a great variety of partition types. It has the disadvantage of only running (natively) on Linux/FreeBSD:
If the computer BIOS recognizes the drive then it very likley is not a hardware failure.
Try GetDataBack to recover the data.
Thanks. Am trying get back right now. Hard drive does show up on bios and diagnostic utilities said it was in good shape.
Of course, you could say the same thing about brain surgery or assembling nuclear weapons - if you know what you're doing, and you're careful, it's not all that dangerous. But that still doesn't mean it's a good idea for John and Jane Enduser to take a whack at it ;)
"Broken lines, broken strings, Broken threads, broken springs, Broken idols, broken heads, People sleeping in broken beds. Ain't no use jiving Ain't no use joking Everything is broken. Seem like every time you stop and turn around Something else just hit the ground"-- Bob Dylan Everything is Broken
Does that price include the blackmail charges for keeping their mouhs shut about what they find on the customers hard drive?
Thanks for the tip. I've never had a fried MBR on a modern OS, so I'll keep this in mind for when it eventually does happen.
Did a test run with demo version of getback. It seems to work. The files are there. Have to pay for the fully functional version to recover them
The reason I do this is that in a mirrored array, anything that is written is written to both drives at once. If a newly installed program trashes the OS, both drives won't boot.
I actually had that happen once.
Anyway, counting the external backup, my main computer has 3 hard drives. :)
Well, i am a little late getting here, and I am learning , haven't had this problem yet.
I have both Maxtor and Western Digital drives and a Western Digital 120 GB drive I have has been making strange noises but is still functioning.
I am trying Datalink 7 to back it up , but first trys didn't allow the backup to boot up.
2 cups butter?????? wow!!! hmmmmmm if this is a for real recipe I am tempted to try it.
Keep all your helpers posted on whether this works, if Bios sees the drive it must be a "software" problem.
Knoppix is Linux only?
Most likely urban fiction.
Let me know how they turn out. <|:)~
Good move, Sloth.
I have two computers networked and I often copy vital data from the Primary to the Secondary computer.
When I was recommending hard drive to hard drive backup I was speaking only of my own experience. I CLONE drives. If the primary fails I can remove it and put in the "B TEAM" and boot from my last backup.
However you do it, a good backup is a good friend.
I prefer to backup to hard drive because it is easy and simple. That is to say that it is simple and easy AFTER you have it set up. While you are setting it up it can be difficult (depending on your skill level) and it is expensive. An 80G WD drive sells for about $100 at my local computer extortionist. That does not count the cost of the box that you put it in.
Removeable hard drive rack, $20.
USB case for hard drive (cable not included) $40.
Cable for same $5.
Peace of mind, knowing that you can restore your system from the last backup, priceless.
Anyway, reboot and replace Windows if possible.
Own stock in the company?
Nope. But it did recover 15 gigs of highly precious data for me in March. Nothing else I could find would work at all.
Download and run the free version of Ad-aware.
I'll do it for half that, with the Vaseline included.
New hard drives are cheap. Start there...
Definitely sounds like an adware/spyware issue to me.
Go with Champion?
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