Posted 31 July 2011 - 01:35 PM
Working on a relative's hard drive, which is a Seagate 500GB SATA drive. They had Vista installed on it and alot of personal files they wish to recover. I've got a boot CD with dozens of recovery utilities on it (Hiren's). No matter which utility I use, I can read the HDD disk info, get the partition info, etc, but when I attempt to scan for bad sectors or copy the partition over to another drive, the drive "goes offline". Some programs tell me that the drive is not ready anymore. It seems to happen around sector 208026, which is very close to the beginning of the drive. I start scanning from sector 0 and watch it increment as it scans each sector sequentially, then abruptly dies at this number. If I'm trying to copy the partition, it aborts very soon after starting and the drive is no longer shown. To get it to shown again (in any recovery tool) I have to power down the PC, remove the power plug from the PS and discharge the power from the internal caps via the power button.