Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:21 PM
I have a 200 GB Western Digital IDE drive (D:\, NTFS) set up as a slave on my Win2k SP2 system. My main boot drive is a 60 GB Western Digital (C:\, also NTFS). Just last week I reformatted the 60 GB drive (didn't touch the 200 GB) because I was having some serious issues that seemed to be virus related (even tho scans came up negative). My 200 GB drive was fine for a couple of days, then one afternoon when I clicked on the drive in Windows Explorer, I got an error (I'm sorry I don't remember the exact verbiage) something to the effect that the file I was trying to locate was missing or damaged. Well, I rebooted my computer hoping that would clean it up, but when I clicked on my D: drive after restart, it now said something about drive D: not being accessible and that the drive wasn't "formatted, would you like to format now?" "Yes/No." I clicked No.
I did a scan with TestDisk and it said that my boot sector (can't remember if it said MBR or not) was bad or damaged. Then I did a scan with Active@ Partition Recovery for Windows (Demo) and it found 22 partitions and 0 files. I never multiple-partitioned it so I don't know where all of those partitions came from. It initially said that the status of the biggest chunk of hard drive (NTFS), 184.9 GB, was "bad," but later upgraded its status to "not bad." All of the other partitions were Fat 16 (1.869 GB) or Fat32 (3.007 GB) and were listed as status: "poor."
When the scan was finished, I was able to see folders inside of most of the partitions, and the ones in the Local Disk were legible, but there were only a couple of files in them. The folders in the other partitions have alien names, random characters like 2>L7<Q:W.`E`or ™jVÚø@ï~.+þò. Also the creation dates and modification dates are absurd, folders supposedly created in the future and modified sometime in the past. I have an extremely bad feeling that my files are gone, gone, gone, but I thought I would post here in one last ditch effort. I did backup my files, but it's been a few months and there were definitely some things on there that I'd hate to lose! (pics of my kids, documents that I created since my last backup, etc.). I would have backed up sooner, but our backup drive is going thru its own set of troubles and isn't usable at the moment. Most recently when I click on the drive in Win. Exp. it gives me this error:
D:\ is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect.
I still haven't tried hooking it up as a slave in another computer or attempting a CHKDSK on it. Is there anything that any of you could suggest I try or am I best to give my drive a decent burial and mourn my lost files for a bit? Thanks in advance for any help you might offer.