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hard disk drive died, fails to read. says not formatted


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#1 dsergison

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 12:01 PM

My second disk, a sata scsi drive, not my primary booting drive has suddenly failed to be accessible.

a cad drafting program I was running this morning crashed while trying to pull up some files, twice. so I rebooted.

now my drive (E:) shows up in "my computer" but if i try to look in it it says "your drive is not formatted, would you like to format now?"

of course I said NO.
and another reboot later still the same message.

I have no history of other errors.

I'm wondering the safest method to recover it.


I have 64bit XP professional.
and I have a second similar computer. I thought about mounting the bad disk in the other computer and tryng to mount the existing file system.

and/or downloading a disk copy utility. any recomendations there?

I dont want to make things worse. I have hundreds of Gb of files to recover.

Thanks, Dan

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 12:36 PM

I have a second similar computer. I thought about mounting the bad disk in the other computer and tryng to mount the existing file system.


That would be the first thing to try
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#3 dsergison

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 03:02 PM

well I just tried that....... and ... it did not recognize my disk at all:(

.......But, in desperation I put it back into the origional computer. and it recognizes it, and reads it!

I'm backing it up now.

then... I will smash it with a hammer for its unforgivable transgressions.

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 05:06 PM

Who knows, bad cable, maybe?
Glad you got it working
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