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Hard Drive Failure

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#1 jaysidhu


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:01 PM

Hi, I'm running Windows XP and my 250GB internal hard drive (slave) crashed. If I try to access it, a message saying, "format this disk now (y/n)". It also says that the file system is RAW. Are there any options to recover my data from the disk?


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:23 PM

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer! :thumbsup:

Yes there is a way to access the data, you would have to use a linux live cd to which you would boot to, its like an OS of its own that runs right off the cdrom or dvdrom disk, you will have to go to this web site (listed below) download the ISO Image file and burn it to a disk and boot from it, the good news is the web site has plenty of documentation on how to do the proceedure and the unix/linux section of the BC forums has tutorials and help on how to do this properly.

Once you boot from the livecd you will be able to access the files on the hard drive and save them to another media.

Here is the UBUNTU LIVECD web page to obtain your ISO image, use a free program like imgburn or CDburnerXP to burn the ISO image to a disk, all inks provided below.

Good luck. :flowers:

UBUNTU LIVECD https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD

IMGBURN http://www.imgburn.com/

CDBURNERXP http://cdburnerxp.se/
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#3 jaysidhu

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 06:25 PM

Hi, sorry for the late reply. Can you please give more detailed instructions because I can't figure out how to even burn the CD correctly.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 02:27 AM

quick question...
do you use 2 hardrive or 2 partition???

try to use chkdsk /f /r and see what happen...something this work and sometimes doesnt work...but it worth to try...
click start menu - Run...type cmd... type chkdsk /f /r e: (e: refers to the partition that you want to scan...if not e please change it)...if asking something press y (yes)...if ask to reboot...please reboot and do not press any key until scandisk process began...

about how to burn or detailed instruction...
please read UBUNTU LIVECD that bruce give you...
its have detailed instruction...but I think you forgoting about the link inside it...please read the link (the red tet/hyperlink text) also to learning something about live cd...

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