Complete Hard Disk gone AWOL

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Nick Carter
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I have a dual boot XP system with Drive C having video editing programs, Drive E being for all other software, Drive E for non video data. On seperate disk Drive F has all current video. Also have a Maxtor devided up into four drives on which I have non-current stuff.
Working on drive E I placed .WAV files onto drive F and then rebooted to go to Drive C to continue work. During reboot for first time there is a short raspy sound that might be from a hard disk. When I used programs on /C including Windows Explorer there is no Drive F. I thought that there usually was some warning before a disk packed up - noise, slow running of video etc - but mine seems to have just gone without warning. I shall disconnect the drive so no more harm can be done. However there is a big video nearly 90mins on it nearly finished so I am keen to recover as much as possible.

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Partition magic
Undelete partition , may recover the drive.

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Nick Carter
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Thanks Gary.
Its not a partition but a completely seperate disk. Both disks the one containing /C; /D; /E and the second one containing /F are same age.
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Nick Carter wrote:
Thanks Gary.
Its not a partition but a completely seperate disk. Both disks the one containing /C; /D; /E and the second one containing /F are same age.
Nick

Even a disk that has not be divided up into partitions has to have a partition - and such software works on single-partition drives just the same as it does on multi-partition drives.

Not that I'm giving any sort of guarantee, of course, that the software will be the solution to the problem - but it might well be.

And now I'm moving this thread to where it really should live - the hard drives forum.

Bob C

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More details.

Sizes of the two disks are 30.3GB for systems disk and 64.1 for the dodgy video disk. Both are IBM Deskstars which I see elsewhere in this forum are known as Deathstars for their reliability.

As the PC had been on some time and the room quite warm I may be lucky if I try when things have cooled down.

So my plan - on which I would welcome comment - is :-
Have a second Maxtor One Touch ready to accept any files I can find.
Have Partition Magic loaded on the Systems Drive. I do not leave it on all the time.
Reconnect the dodgy disk and cross my fingers.

Question If I do reach the files is it better to go for COPY or use Premiere to compile the edited work as new AVI files ie which is kinder to the dodgy drive?

Question What should I replace my Deathstars with for reliability ?

Your comments appreaciated as I am doing nothing until I have thought it through.

Nick

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1. copy the files in most precious first order
2. replace with anything other than a hitachi/ibm drive
personal preferences are maxtor/samsung
3. good luck.

it took me 4 reboots to recover 100GB from a dead 120GB deathstar.

Gary MacKenzie

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Nick Carter
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Thanks Gary for your advice and time it was appreaciated.

Unfortunately no joy. Still the nasty little regular rasp during boot up. No sign of the drive in either PQ's Partition Magic - I suppose I might have seen a partion without a label - or MS Explorer. Delay in trying this was due to waiting for Maxtor 1 touch to be delivered. Then had to make Partition Magic give it a drive label other than the drive I hoped to retrieve. This is not as in their manual P62 which leaves you with OLD (NEW): as your drive label. But Advanced does a clean relabel. I imagine PC would not like two drive Fs.

May try a professional data recovery firm. Ouch!

Thanks again. and will keep you posted.

Nick

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Nick Carter
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The disk had suffered mechanical failure and damaged the surface of the disk making data unrecoverable. However it is not all bad news as I now have larger drives that do not bear the nickname of Deathstar. There was no warning at all of failure; noise, slow booting, or irregular playing of video.

Nick