Hard Disk Recovery

  s99Raj 10:44 30 Sep 2003

I have a Western Digital 40GB Hard Disk inside an "e-machine" PC which had XP Home Edition on it and i now think it's buggered. It makes a clicking noise whenever I try to access it.

Now the PC won't start up at all, not even in Safe Mode. It looks like at least the boot sector is corrupt. What I want to do is recover the contents of the My Pictures folder. Does anyone know of any utility that will do this?

I've tried attaching the HD onto another good PC as a master and as a slave but it won't even see it. Booting from an XP CD doesn't wor; neither does the recovery option with scandisk or chkdsk or fixboot. Booting with a Windows 98 floppy and trying to see the hard disk doesn't work either. FDISK sees the partition but that's about all I can do with it, bu then I don't think FDISK was designed for looking at XP (or is that wrong?). I just want to be able to see the hard disk to recover that one folder off it, then I'll probably throw the hard disk away. Any ideas?

  Gongoozler 10:59 30 Sep 2003

Hi s99Raj. I'm afraid that there isn't much in the way of good news on this problem unless you are prepared to spend a lot of money. The clicking noise will be caused by a mechanical fault, so the data is unlikely to be recoverable without dismantling the drive in a specialist clean air environment. You could try contacting Dataquest click here or Computer Recovery click here

  s99Raj 11:06 30 Sep 2003

Yes, that's what I thought - a physical fault, and they're difficult to fix unless you spend a lot of money. If only I could get the boot disk fixed or if I could just get another PC to "see" the disk then all should be OK. Maybe a disk editor?

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