[SATLUG] OT: Hard Drive Failure

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Wed Feb 13 14:51:24 CST 2008

Actually, that's not true.  Here's what happened:

My hard-drive was on my WinXP system when it failed.  It was suspended, 
& when I tried to get it to wake up -- nothing.  It also wouldn't boot 
or anything else.  I got another hard-drive set-up as the primary boot 
drive and tried hooking up the bad one as a secondary drive, and XP 
started formatting it.  I can't tell how far it got before I stopped it, 
but it corrupted the boot & file table data so I couldn't see or do 
anything on that drive.  It just looked like an unformatted drive.  The 
Unistal "Quick Recovery" program was able to read the data off 
sector-by-sector and rebuild something like 90% of what was on the drive 
nevertheless.  It just took a while (about 24 hours for a 120GB drive) 
to search each and every sector to do that.

Once it searched for and identified all the files it could find, it 
saved that data so I have been able to go back and recovery files 
several times since then, all with a high degree of success.  It's only 
the files in areas where the sectors were corrupted (or maybe physically 
damaged?) that I haven't been able to recover -- but that actually 
represents only a small fraction of what I _was_ able to retrieve.

In short, the software doesn't seem to care if the drive is formatted or 
not.  It built it's own file tables and identified where the data is 
located so it can rebuild the files by reading directly off the disk itself.

Matt Kinsel wrote:
> Thanks for the advice, y'all. The only thing is, the two programs
> recommended seem to work only with a drive that you can actually access. Is
> that correct? My drive is not even being recognized by Windows or Linux. It
> has a status light that remains in the "starting" indication and never fully
> mounts.
> Here's the product I have: http://tinyurl.com/2w93xd
> On Feb 13, 2008 2:12 PM, Jose Leiva <leivajose at gmail.com> wrote:
>> you can try using SpinRite, it can try to repair your disk, but in your
>> case
>> the only option is to recover the data.
>> its a pretty easy interface. I did use it last week but my hard drive was
>> long gone : (.
>> Here is the website http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
>> you can watch the videos on youtube and see how it works. keyword
>> "SpinRite"
>> the downside is that its $89, but its worth every penny
>> it works on windows, linux
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