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Any program to repair a hard drive?

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#1 ignorantmonkey


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Posted 16 December 2009 - 10:56 PM

I have a Seagate 250GB Barracuda 7200.8, HD. About six months ago was running fine, then suddenly the computer started not recognizing it; seemed it wasn't there. I unplugged the cables from all discs to and from the motherboard, cleaned with canned air all the connectors and then plugged everything back. But nothing happened. Then I just got rid of it and placed into a drawer. Today I plugged it again and after ten or 15 minutes finally the computer: WinXP Pro, P4, 240GHz, 960 Ram recognized the HD, but then I right clicked the CheckDisk utility and supposedly started "reading" it. AFter 2 hours of seeing the putter working and working it showed the disc had 0 files, 0 folders and that it was empty; offering me only the format choice. Does anyone know of a good and free program to have it checked? Went to the Seagate site, but all they want is money. Thanks for any help. MB

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 eyeballs


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Posted 16 December 2009 - 11:43 PM

I had a similar problem agood while ago. I downloaded HIRENS BOOT CD there's 2 programs (among many) called GET DATA BACK for NTFS and GET DATA BACK for FAT
I ran the one I needed and managed to save/recover over 95% of what I had on my external drive
here is the link

#3 Platypus


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Posted 17 December 2009 - 06:28 AM

Went to the Seagate site, but all they want is money.

What do you mean? Seatools is a free download:

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#4 ignorantmonkey

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 11:46 PM

Downloaded the Seatools but when I clicked to install it the following error occurred:
It's there something I did wrong?....something wrong with the instalation manager?...or something I ate?

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 03:39 AM

TuneUp Utilities and System Mechanic both have an HDD diagnostics tool...


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Posted 18 December 2009 - 09:19 AM

Generally...if one wants to assess the functionality of a hard drive...the manufacturers diagnostic (long test) is the best tool for so doing.

These diagnostics function independently of Windows, do not require installation or a functional Windows...and can be run from CD/floppy.


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