Hard drive access

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PETERH
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I have returned lol

Hard drive problems revisited.
The wife(bless her) is having trouble accessing a hard drive with 1000`s of embroidery designs on it.
Basically it started being slow to access, wish She had told Me before it got serious!!
Locks up "My" computor, on any comp its attached to.
Drive manager in XP, reports it as"Primary>active.
Partition Magic reports it as Full>Active>Primary>Boot Z:?0? (the 0 has a little mark above it)
Multistage Recovery program, finds the drive, but just shows 4 dots?
My question is if I convert to a logical drive would that make a difference?(clutching at straws)

Personally I think She`s a jinx!

Any suggestions gratefully recieved, worst case scenario, any recommendations for a data recovery service?

Peter(fed up etc)

Willow
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I am having similar problems (watch this space!!!) and looking for answers.

The recovery software I have / use is Active@ File Recovery - http://www.file-recovery.net/
Somehow this manages to see drives that are not always visable.

A demo version is available to see if things are retrievable before purchase.
Post if it finds anything.

Willow

Ford Prefect
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Hi Peter,
If you can "see" it in Partition Magic, try copying the partition to a new drive with a bit more space.
Regards.

PETERH
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Hi
Bought a Maxtor 500GB external drive, tried copying partition, using Partition Magic, could see it but wouldn`t copy.
Light bulb went off in Wifes head "I have got some recovery software"
Used software "MediaRECOVERY", found 168 files, rescued.
Shes just got back from weekend away, with friends "I haven`t got time to check!!"
This is coming from someone who`s every second phone call was "Have You recovered My drive?"

Will bring up to date after She`s had time to check LOL

Regards

Peter(why do I bother?)

Z Cheema
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I had a drive a couple of months ago get slower and slower, it failed eventually, so get the data off the drive fast.

I did managed to do an Error check and get it back for a while, to get the data off.

I have one now that is just not seen by any PC, a 400Gb seagate.

PETERH
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Hi
Tried various computers, caddies, external USB 2, firewire, can only recover the same 168 files.
Diskcheck wont access it, cant image the partition.
Bit the bullet & contacted a Data recovery firm, told Him problems etc, first question, what make drive, He went in to car mechanic mode, sharp intake of breath thru teeth.
Excelstore drives are old IBM cr*p.(surprise)
Good job My hair is already grey & vanishing, price quoted.
In a nutshell, no recovery no fee, transport to & from is free.
Did I want it summarising in an E-Mail?
Yes but to the wife!!

Quiz: guess the quote?

regards.

Peter

Dave R Smith
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1.5 hours labour at £40 per hour, plus post, plus cost of destination replacement media.
Say,£150+vat all in?

PETERH
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Hi

It is an 160gb disc

£390(5 to 10 days service)
Plus

Return Media
Free Up to 1GB (CD-ROM)
Free Up to 20GB (DVD’s)
£75 Up to 160GB (External Desktop Hard Drive Including USB 2.0 and Firewire) £110 Up to 300GB (External Desktop Hard Drive Including USB 2.0 and Firewire)

It`s another world Jim

Peter

PETERH
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PS
Just tried getdataback demo version as recommended on this forum, found over 2000 files, come payday guess what I`ll be buying lol.

Fingers crossed back in good books.

Regards.

Peter

Mark M
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I don't see what all the fuss is about. Surely you could have just recovered all the files from your regular backups?

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PETERH
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Hi
Mark.
You dont see what all the fuss is about?
If You were seeing You would notice some key points in My original posting, to wit "the wifes" & "embroidery designs"
I asked the questions to help Her, & got some suggestions.
I cant make her do backups, but I really feel I should help, do you understand?
She feels bad enough, the words devastated & mortified spring to mind.
Therefore I will not tell Her of Your posting, tho it was incisive & well argued.
Obviously You have never lost files, judging by Your post, so You have no idea of Her distress.
She was backing stuff up incrementally, when the loss of drive access occured, although I did not mention it in My original post.
I will not let this thread descend to name calling/arguments, so let this be the the last post, to You, at any rate.
I will post as soon as I rectify the situation, if possible.
It could be some help to others in this situation, You never know.
I must admit to being the worst person to back up VIDEO files.

Regards.

Peter

Dave R Smith
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You don't say if files still missing.
This may help?
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/
You have today only for freebie.
Haven't used it so can't say if any good.

PETERH
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Hi
Thank You
Used MultistageRecovery, it recognises the drive but clicking on it, just shows .... ?

Shes been lucky with some files, She got in touch with the sites She bought some designs from & They have replaced them.

Regards.

Peter

Hal2006
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If it's that important.
Spend the £50 & buy this.
http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
It's not free because it does a true analysis & fix with every 'bit' of the drive.
Will probably need to run for many hours if the drive is a bit 'cabbaged'.

good luck
Gord

Willow
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Joined: Aug 6 2002
Why did I bother???

I don't see why you are squawking either.

I recommended some software for you to try - Even gave you the hyper link - YOU just ignored it and me

Many thanks

PETERH
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Hi Willow
How do You know I didn`t try the link, as it got a tag that reports to You personally?
Reading the the tone of your first post it looks like you want Me to help You!
Sorry I`ve not sent You a personal thank You lol.

Squawking? , any more childish name calling?
Hopefully You will be helped when You post Your request/s for help "Watch this space"
Two words "Grow up"

Thanks everyone for the suggestions, as i said earlier, I will post if I have a successful outcome, fingers crossed.

Hopefully this will be the last post as far as backbiting goes.

Regards.

Peter

Willow
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PETERH wrote:
Hi Willow
How do You know I didn`t try the link, as it got a tag that reports to You personally?
No but I did say...Post if it finds anything. - AND IT FINDS EVERYTHING

I wanted to know if it worked for you!
I have used it before, and wholeheartedly recommend it - I have the registered version - it finds ORIGINAL file names and trees Which makes recovery a lot easier - not a load of mixed files with incoherent names which you have to search through

Reading the the tone of your first post it looks like you want Me to help You! Really where? I doubt you could even start

Sorry I`ve not sent You a personal thank You lol.
Is this Sarcasm????

Squawking? , any more childish name calling?Thats not name calling, it's a Verb!
Squark: Verb
INFORMAL DISAPPROVING to complain about something noisily
This was in direct reference to you r reply to Mark.

You dont see what all the fuss is about?
If You were seeing You would notice some key points in My original posting, to wit "the wifes" & "embroidery designs"
I asked the questions to help Her, & got some suggestions.
Though you didn't act on them all - if you did you didn't have the... good manners etc...
I cant make her do backups, but I really feel I should help, do you understand?
She feels bad enough, the words devastated & mortified spring to mind.
Therefore I will not tell Her of Your posting, tho it was incisive & well argued.
Obviously You have never lost files, judging by Your post, so You have no idea of Her distress.
She was backing stuff up incrementally, when the loss of drive access occured, although I did not mention it in My original post.
I will not let this thread descend to name calling/arguments, so let this be the the last post, to You, at any rate.

Hopefully You will be helped when You post Your request/s for help "Watch this space"
LIKE THIS???
http://forums.dvdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=42566 dated 31 Aug [U]the post after yours actually
To date there has been 59 views - But no replies - This is a detailed account, and might be to technical for people here (No insult intended)
Possibly the only assistance would be from the very knowledgeable fellow Gary Mc

I research things, and only ask when i get stuck - Like I have now.

Two words "Grow up" AHH Very thats good... ... but does that comment Exclude

How do You know I didn`t try the link, as it got a tag that reports to You personally?
AND
Sorry I`ve not sent You a personal thank You lol.

Hopefully this will be the last post as far as backbiting goes. Wheres the backbiting? Though I do detect some Sarcasm
Backbiting; noun
unpleasant and unkind words that are said about someone who is not there
Sarcasm noun
the use of remarks which clearly mean the opposite of what they say, and which are made in order to hurt someone's feelings or to criticize something in an amusing way:

Regards.

Peter

So hows that no infantile or childish comments and certainly no backbiting

Indeed Regards

http://forums.dvdoctor.net/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif
:rolleyes:

Alan Roberts
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Calm down chaps, misunderstandings happen. I've read enough of both of your other postings to know that you're both perfectly reasonable and helpful people. It's surprisingly easy to misread a posting or overlook some item.

Please shake hands and let's get on with life.

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Willow
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I am midway through (I needed to check something) a response to Carjoys post when i saw this.

A democratic voice of reason with no silly remarks! Thats waht P*ssed me

Alan Roberts
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'Nuff said, back to normal please.

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PETERH
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Update:

Having several hard drives hanging about, I decided to add a PCI card & install 4 drives into My "Everyday" non editing computer.

The suspect drive is one of the 4, big surprise it was recognised!!!
All files copied to external drive & transferred, to wifes comp, Phew!!

Back in the good books, still puzzled over all the tries in other comps etc, as the Yanks say
"Go Figure"
As the wife says PC= Pile of C*ap XP= Xtra Problems
Again many thanks for the suggestions.

Regards.

Peter