This is my first post, so I hope you'll excuse any noobism.
My hard drive crashed a while ago and I need some advice on what to do to recover it.
I've input all of my specs into my profile, so I hope everyone can see that. But here are the basics:
PC with Win 7 X64 Pro
BIOS American Megatrends, V. 2102
AMD Athlon II X4 635
(C: new) Seagate ST3750528AS 750 G Sata 3
(D: crashed) WD WD5001AALS-00L3B2 500G Sata 1 (1.5 - 2 yrs old)
I Just loaded up an old Fallout III game and I was pressing the letter keys just to remember what they did. As soon as I pressed the key to strafe right the screen scrambled and I heard a high pitch squeal. I'm not certain now if I received an error message and an auto restart, or if I had to do a hard restart, but either way, upon restart I got the "Please select proper boot device" message.
Some Background Info:
My drive was really full, like 99% full and getting "virtual memory minimum" messages. Just prior to the crash, I was stepping through some old code of mine in Visual Studio when I jumped into a lengthy section of assembly code. As I was stepping through the code, I realized I was late for work and just left. I don't know if this had anything to do with it or not, but maybe Windows tried to free up some memory and it conflicted with the assembly code, causing a file corruption somewhere? When I came back to my PC, still running like a day and half later, I just closed Visual Studio and didn't do a restart or anything. Plus, the save file for the Fallout III game was really old-so old that some of the other save files I tried to load first couldn't be located.
What I've Tried:
BIOS recognizes the drive, but when I try a repair install from disk, Windows doesn't recognize it.
I bought a new hdd, (the Seagate) and put Windows on it. Now, the drive is recognized in Explorer but no info is shown. (ie capacity/free space) When I click on the drive, I get the "You need to format the disk in drive D:... Do you want to format it?" message. (I've always clicked 'cancel')
I've followed the steps outlined here-
Using the trial version of WinHex, it appears the MBR is there as well as the backup boot sector and both are where they should be. However, you can't write to disk without the full version of WinHex, so I haven't actually copied the backup to the master. One thing I did note was something that was almost halfway down the page. It said,
"[...]we can read the book sector information, note the “hidden sectors” that number should match the “sectors preceding partition” from the MBR. (Note: if these numbers do not match then again this makes the fix more difficult and you should call the office for help.)"
They don't match. The backup boot sector 'hidden sectors' are 206448, while the 'sectors preceding partition' of the MBR is 2048 as it should be. Like I said though, everything still seems as it's in the right location even the master file table and mirror.
Another note: the drive isn't making any strange mechanical noises.
1) What do you guys think happened?
2)Should I try to actually copy the backup boot sector to the MBR? If so, does anyone know a free way to this, or a better way to check/fix a corrupt boot file?
Thanks in advance,