Posted 07 July 2010 - 09:54 PM
I have been trying to rescue data on a second hard drive in my system. It is an older computer, Win XP Pro, dual sata drives. The boot drive has been fine; my second drive has started giving me issues in the last day. Ironically, I just built a new home server, and was starting to transfer files to decommission the old machine. The drive I am trying to rescue data from is a WD 500GB drive, partitioned into 4 sections.
With the system suddenly becoming increasingly jittery, and slow, and locking up (only when accessing one of the partitions on the second drive), I decided to run a CHKDSK at startup. BIG MISTAKE.
During stage 1, I came up with 4 file record segments as unreadable.
During stage 2, it has managed to hit 11 percent complete (it took almost an hour for this), but there it sits, without moving (it has been as 11 for about 30 minutes now). Now I am concerned that CHKDSK may be re-writing (or attempting to) my data, destroying it even further...
I have been googling like crazy on my laptop; every time I find a thread somewhere, the inevitable answer is "why do you need to run CHKDSK?" That does not help. I need to find out if it is safe to stop the computer, and how to do so (pull the plug?).
I can pull the drive out, and slave it into another system if need be, but I need to get the data off safely. I cannot simply put it into the new server as the second drive - there would not be enough room on the first drive to get the data off of it.