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    Hard Drive Failure - You know the pain :)

    Okay, so seemingly without cause or warning my external hard drive has just decided it's not formatted anymore. The only change I made between access and no access was installing the demo for the game ARMA on my main HD.

    270gb of fun on there, so ideas would be good. I don't necessarily have to recover it all as I know I have a lot on secondary backup across a mountain of DVD-Rs. It would be pretty useful to at least pull some sort of drive map so I know what I need.

    God, I can hardly bear the idea of creating my 'library' all over again *sigh*
    I've barely used this damn drive too which is making me more angry than anything:giggle:

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    I can't really help, but here's a hug. I know how upsetting and frustrating it all is... http://img217.exs.cx/img217/5036/pophugbyzappe1ak.gif

    Sorry to hear that:-(

    I've barely used this damn drive too which is making me more angry than … I've barely used this damn drive too which is making me more angry than anything:giggle:



    Glad to see you've not lost your sense of humour.

    I can only offer hugs too :friends:

    Original Poster

    The data's definitely still on there. I've spent half the evening investigating the issue. I just can't decide whether to pull a dangerous stunt like a quick NTFS format and seeing if that takes me a step closer to solving the problem. I figure that would mean I'd loose the master record but the data would be safe unless I began writing to it again...

    Hmm, this hasn't happened to me since I was a foolish kid and screwed up the family PC I wasn't very popular that day.

    Hmm, this hasn't happened to me since I was a foolish kidand screwed up … Hmm, this hasn't happened to me since I was a foolish kidand screwed up the family PC



    Have you been downloading porn again???:giggle: :giggle:

    Original Poster

    Lol, no. I broke the family PC because computers really interested me and I was trying to improve performance with little or no knowledge. There of course wasn't info available so easily in those days.

    MBeeching

    Lol, no. I broke the family PC because computers really interested me and … Lol, no. I broke the family PC because computers really interested me and I was trying to improve performance with little or no knowledge. There of course wasn't info available so easily in those days.



    I will let you off then!!

    have you tried the ontrack tools available from the usual places (nudge - or as a trial from their web)
    Usually quite good - dunno if they work with externals though.

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    MoneySavingG

    have you tried the ontrack tools available from the usual places (nudge - … have you tried the ontrack tools available from the usual places (nudge - or as a trial from their web)Usually quite good - dunno if they work with externals though.



    Looking into a few options. 'Pursuing' Acronis at the moment.

    Sorry to hear of the disaster..happened to me about 4 years ago so ever since have adopted the belt and braces approach ...I successfully retrieved data using ONTRACK recovery software but that was data that had been erased rather than from a crashed drive.

    Best of luck with your efforts,

    Original Poster

    Well once i've given up on data retrieval it's going back to Amazon, mainly because the USB support on it failed back in Oct/Nov Been a pain to use the drive anyway as the firewire is on the front of my laptop.

    It's this one, which I'm sure plenty of HUKD members remember fondly. Don't know why i've been so unlucky with it though. hotukdeals.com/for…TMT

    Yes I recall that deal...have you opened the case and tried to extract the drive and load as a slave in a PC to see if it's recognised?

    ]SpinRite is an app that could be most useful to you.

    :pirate: CJ :pirate:

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    currychops

    Yes I recall that deal...have you opened the case and tried to extract … Yes I recall that deal...have you opened the case and tried to extract the drive and load as a slave in a PC to see if it's recognised?


    Want to avoid breaking the security seal on the drive case really so it is less likely to be quibbled when I return it.


    Thanks Matt, cheers jake. Both look like good apps

    *yikes, i've been on the computer since 9:00am on tues - 16hrs now, good thing I don't have a gf to worry about*

    this website saved my bacon when my harddrive died runtime.org/ might be worth a look. All the best

    If it's deleted the partition information, you could copy byte for byte on Linux, but obviously this would mean extracting the drive from the USB Caddy.

    Other than that, plenty of recovery tools available for download. Just try with a few of them, it shouldn't cause any further damage as all the program will do is inspect/retreive bytes of data available.

    Original Poster

    Basically the MBR is damaged. Surprising how much simpler it is plugging the drive into a Mac to see what the issue might be
    I should be able to rebuild it using Acronis. I ran a sample test to try and retrieve one file but obviously the main filename data is not correct.

    Am I correct in thinking I'm just going to retrieve an endless list of files numbered sequentially?
    If so I'm not gonna waste my time retrieving the data and send the drive back...

    MBeeching

    Am I correct in thinking I'm just going to retrieve an endless list of … Am I correct in thinking I'm just going to retrieve an endless list of files numbered sequentially?


    Pretty much...

    Original Poster

    I've been thrown a partial lifeline actually as I just contacted a friend who I'd reluctantly transferred 75% of my content to. As if by magic that person has actually not modified the contents at all in the 4 months they've had it! How's that for good luck

    Extemely lucky, and strange - that someone would keep your information...

    Moral of this story?

    Begins with 'B' and rhymes with 'ackup' (not that I have ever taken my own advice and done this yet).

    MBeeching

    Basically the MBR is damaged. Surprising how much simpler it is plugging … Basically the MBR is damaged. Surprising how much simpler it is plugging the drive into a Mac to see what the issue might be :)I should be able to rebuild it using Acronis. I ran a sample test to try and retrieve one file but obviously the main filename data is not correct.Am I correct in thinking I'm just going to retrieve an endless list of files numbered sequentially?If so I'm not gonna waste my time retrieving the data and send the drive back...



    ]
    An undocumented comand = FDISK /MBR


    Don't know if this will help you.

    stora

    ]An undocumented comand = FDISK /MBRDon't know if this will help you.


    I'm assuming he has Windows XP - in which case, there is no FDISK.

    Although, could try with a Win98 Boot Disk...

    Browni

    I'm assuming he has Windows XP - in which case, there is no … I'm assuming he has Windows XP - in which case, there is no FDISK.Although, could try with a Win98 Boot Disk...



    For those who do not have any Win98 boots disks use this site ]here

    Original Poster

    Browni

    Extemely lucky, and strange - that someone would keep your … Extemely lucky, and strange - that someone would keep your information...Moral of this story?Begins with 'B' and rhymes with 'ackup' (not that I have ever taken my own advice and done this yet).



    I do have a large amount on secondary backup via DVD and CD-R but there's a veritable mountain of the things and I fear their actual locations are spread far and wide around the house and work. Trying to organise many many years of discs into one nicely accessable and logically organised place is an extremely testing experience.

    At least it wasn't my main drive

    A Little off topic but...

    Did anyone see this article:

    news.bbc.co.uk/1/h…stm

    Cool hard drives aren't necessarily always the best!!!! And they sure tested with a LOT of drives!!

    MattC

    A Little off topic but...Did anyone see this … A Little off topic but...Did anyone see this article:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6376021.stmCool hard drives aren't necessarily always the best!!!! And they sure tested with a LOT of drives!!



    Very interesting artcle. Thanks!
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