problem hard drive, can it be fixed?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by HGVT, Jan 9, 2006.

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  1. HGVT

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    Oneday my HD stoped functioning, it wouldn't load.. gosh i forgot what it the screen said but it wouldn't load in safe mode or anything, it just do stuff like move text around then load, and then a message came up everytime (but darn it i forgot what it said) so i went to a HD manufactuer (compusa) and they couldn't fix it, (they still charged like 300 even tho they didn't fix a darn thing, but they said the orginal manu. can do it fro $1000 :( ) a couple months later i tried loading the HD via duel boot but i had a prob w/ it, it froze up, and couldn't open it via "my computer" drive f.. I know the files are still there.. (i hope!) is there another possible way to recover the files/fix the harddrive? anyone have an idea?
     
  2. adrianyujs

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    it seem you hard disk completely corrupted and hard to repair. And i suggest you try format your hard disk using low level format or Zero-Fill format, I don't know where to get these tools, hope you can find it. After format it using special tools, see your hard disk is repaired or not.
     
  3. Mrkvonic

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    Hi,
    You could try SpinRite. I have once used this utility to fix a messed up drive. It took several jours but eventually it fixed the thing.
    Mrk
     
  4. adrianyujs

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    it is better you try using an utility which perform scanning or format in Real-DOS-Mode. It is recommended.
     
  5. HGVT

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    I dont know where to find them either adrianyu..

    i'll try spinripe since i like grc and their software.. *crosses fingers*
     
  6. HGVT

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    oh is it free to try? i dont have credit card, or money. :(
     
  7. nick s

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    Hi HGVT,

    Without having more details about your system, I would try booting from a W2K or XP install CD and choose the Repair option. Once you are in the Recovery Console, type and execute chkdsk [drive letter] /r. If the drive is massively corrupted, this will probably fail though. At that point, SpinRite would be your best next step. It's not free and costs $89 US. If the drive corruption is hardware-related, SpinRite may fail as well. Your last resort then is a disk recovery specialist who will charge about $1,000 US to retrieve the contents of the drive.

    Nick
     
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  8. Mrkvonic

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    Hi,
    Unfortunately, it's not free. It costs about 50 dollars I think. But maybe you can contact Steve Gibson, and explain your problem. Maybe he'll extend a one time courtesy and let you use the tool for one time recovery.
    Mrk

    EDIT: forget my quotation, someone quoted the right price; my, my aren't the prices changing!
     
  9. adrianyujs

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    you can try Here.
    And I haven't try and don't know how to use it.
    And second is here. There is for Western Digital, Maxtor, Quantum and Seagate hard drive only, but I can't find your manufacturer utility. And some manufacturer software can support some hard disk. So, try it one by one.
     
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