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Posted 19 October 2009 - 12:54 PM
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 01:25 PM
I ended up RMAing the drive and put a new one in then reinstalled windows and copied the contents of the drive that were needed back onto the new drive. Norton ghost also comes with an application you can use to look at the image with while booted into windows.
Otherwise I would try using a linux Live CD to boot up and try taking a look into your hard drive with it.
Any Linux app you recommend? I'm a total noob in data recovery.
You can try...key concept...data recovery using linux or data recovery software of some sort.
Some data recovery software installs within Windows, some will run from a CD. You would have to look for whatever it is that you prefer.
When drives are troubled...there is no guarantee of recovery, other than by those who charge large sums to do such.
Posted 19 October 2009 - 01:42 PM
Posted 19 October 2009 - 01:48 PM
I use Ubuntu right now and I think it's fairly simple to use. You should be able to just open the drive in linux and copy what you need to. The problem is you'll most likely need a second drive once again or at least another media type to copy over the data.
Posted 19 October 2009 - 01:49 PM
Posted 19 October 2009 - 02:19 PM
Posted 19 October 2009 - 02:22 PM
Thanks for the concise and cogent explanation. My bad sector drive is an external hd. I have several externals and have no issues with the main windows drive. Hopefully Linux will allow me to backup those files and then I can scrub the drive or trash it. Thanks for taking the time to break things down. Much obliged sir!
Honestly, I don't know if the drive will be more readable on linux than on Windows. The thing with computers is there's so much about them that not many people know that it's kind of theory in a way. At least that's how it seems to me. I say try using linux to extract the data you need, Linux reads NTFS drives differently than windows so maybe it will ignore some of the bad sectors or something, it's just a guess, maybe someone else can tell you more on it, I'm not 100% on it. i just figure it's worth trying.
Bad sectors are a physical matter. It's not "contagious". software is lost because something is physically wrong with the drive, or the operating system wrote something wrong. If a drive doesn't fix the problem I would try getting another motherboard, something could be wrong with the SATA or ATA/PATA controller. Then again something could also be wrong with the CPU. I would start with the drive first, if worse come to worse and the drive doesn't fix the problem and you get bad sectors again, then return it and get a new motherboard. This is either a hardware problem or an operating system problem if the Operating system caused it, a new drive I'm sure would help, but definitley get reinstall windows on the new drive as well. My best bet is it's the hard drive that's the problem. Sorry I'm rambling I didn't get enough sleep last night so I ramble a lot when I'm tired.
Posted 19 October 2009 - 02:32 PM
Posted 19 October 2009 - 02:44 PM
I should clarify. The drive is a regular internal IDE, but I use an external enclosure. I thought the enclosure might have been the issue, so I tried directly connecting to the motherboard, and I tried an IDE adapter. Nothing worked. I'm hoping that Linux will save the day!
I actually realized something it could also be a the cable. Since its an external though, it could be a faulty USB port, the cable or the inclosure itself. I still think it's the hard drive though.
Posted 19 October 2009 - 02:51 PM
Posted 19 October 2009 - 03:08 PM
Does Norton Ghost allow you to extract files from the image? I have never used that type of software before.
I hope it does too. If that doesn't work I would try making an image of your drive and looking in the image.
Posted 19 October 2009 - 03:12 PM
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