Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:32 AM
Hi, faithful Bleepsters. I have a hard drive which I believe I've corrupted very badly. It was blank when given to me. A while back, I tried to clone a drive and write some backup stuff to it, but I was never able to access it. I believe my external enclosure was the culprit. I know the HDD to be good. It was known to be working when given to me not long ago, and a couple of surface scans have shown it to be good very recently.
I've tried many partitioning programs and data recovery programs, such as EASEUS (both Partition Magic and Todo Backup), MiniTool Partition Wizard, MaxBlast (it's a Seagate drive), and I'm sure a couple of others.
It's an 80GB, IDE drive which I want to use on my old XP computer, with either XP or Linux on said drive. Some of the above programs show "bad disk," some show the aforementioned data which I can't access, and some show only about 10GB as existing on the drive, and they show that as unallocated. None of these programs will let me create a partition.
I've also tried BootIt NG, having had great results with that before in another scenario. But the commands are way, WAY over my head.
The first sector, after scanning since this fiasco started, showed up as bad. Does that mean I need to rebuild the MBR? I did that before with BootIt, but again, it was a different scenario. If I do need to rebuild or repair the MBR, could somebody please point me to some instructions that are dumbed way, WAY down? I know nothing about command lines and such and just can't do BootIt, MBRtool, etc. on my own.
Afterthoughts: I don't have any Windows CDs. That would be the obvious solution, I know. All I have is the Windows 7 repair DVD which I burned, and it doesn't allow me to boot. I also have PCLinuxOS and Ubuntu 10.10 Live CDs. At this point, I don't care whether I have Linux or Windows on this drive. I just want to get it bootable. I can always clone another XP or 7 drive to it later if I want Windows.
Thanks so much in advance for ANY help at all.