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    I turned on my computer this morning and it said "error booting operating system". i stuck in the recovery disk and tried scandisking my hard drive but it said "this disk is corrupted" or something like that. I had loads of files on that disk! been collecting stuff for 5 years! it is heartbreaking! is there any way to recover the data that was on it (it could only be the filesystem that has been corrupted)
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    try doing a scandisk to see how many bad clusters it finds. Maybe you've had a magnet too close to it, they totally **** them up.

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    (Original post by elpaw)
    I turned on my computer this morning and it said "error booting operating system". i stuck in the recovery disk and tried scandisking my hard drive but it said "this disk is corrupted" or something like that. I had loads of files on that disk! been collecting stuff for 5 years! it is heartbreaking! is there any way to recover the data that was on it (it could only be the filesystem that has been corrupted)
    It could be that the phyiscal disc is damgaged or its a problem with the motor. I've seen both on older hard drives.

    As a general rule I replace my hard drive every 3 years before they start to wear. Also I back all my work onto CD every week.

    I would buy a new hard drive and then just try and copy your work on your old drive over to the new one.

    As longs as the physical data is there you can get the access to the files but I am not sure how you would go about it. How do you know its the file system rather than ot the drive itself thats past it?
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    Sounds like it is time to get a pro to work it over for you. Just don't get one of those blokes who couldn't care less. Get one who is passionate about computers and the information saved on them. If he looks like a porn freak, then he is your best bet.
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    i cant do scandisk as it says "the drive is unsupported by windows" (but it was working perfectly fine yesterday). when i click on it in My Computer the pc "thinks" for a bout 5 minutes then theres an error message saying "the drive could be corrupted, otr it is unsupported". it isn't old, i only got it 2 months ago with the new pc. i could still take it back to Time, but i'm afraid that all my data will be lost, or if they do manage to recover it, they will find my *cough* less than orthodox files.
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    Does the BIOS regonise the drive? If not your hard drive is physical well err f*cked.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Does the BIOS regonise the drive? If not your hard drive is physical well err f*cked.
    no, the bios does recognise it; even My Computer recognises it (even though apparently it isn't supported by windows)
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    no, the bios does recognise it; even My Computer recognises it (even though apparently it isn't supported by windows)
    Have you got any other hard drives spare? You could boot from another drive then connect your iffy one as drive D: then try copying the files over.

    It sounds like you need to delete the partition and then recreate it and format your hard drive.

    Is it NTFS or FAT32? What operating system do you have?
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Have you got any other hard drives spare? You could boot from another drive then connect your iffy one as drive D: then try copying the files over.

    It sounds like you need to delete the partition and then recreate it and format your hard drive.

    Is it NTFS or FAT32? What operating system do you have?
    I have done that. i put my old hard drive in it as the master, the broken one as the slave. windows ME did not recognise the NTFS so i upgraded to Windows XP Pro (which is what i have on my broken one). There it appears as drive "D:" but whenever i try to open it the computer goes idle for about 5 minutes and then says it is corrupted.
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    I have done that. i put my old hard drive in it as the master, the broken one as the slave. windows ME did not recognise the NTFS so i upgraded to Windows XP Pro (which is what i have on my broken one). There it appears as drive "D:" but whenever i try to open it the computer goes idle for about 5 minutes and then says it is corrupted.
    Well I guess it depends on how much you need the data but if you can afford to loose it go to the hard drive manafucturers website and down load a ulitity to a low level format on your drive. This will reset back to factory condition however all data will be physicaly wiped out. When you do a normal format it dosn't delete anything but tells the operating system everything is save to erase over.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Well I guess it depends on how much you need the data but if you can afford to loose it go to the hard drive manafucturers website and down load a ulitity to a low level format on your drive. This will reset back to factory condition however all data will be physicaly wiped out. When you do a normal format it dosn't delete anything but tells the operating system everything is save to erase over.
    the data is pretty much priceless to me (i have lots of *cough* music and *cough* other stuff on it which i wouldnt want erased.) I was just wondering if there is any kind of utility or someone i can see about recovering anything that might be recoverable, for all i know, it could be just a part of it (like the file allocation table) that has been corruppted, or better still, it could be the wiring inside the drive and not the actual disks that has been corrupted.
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    the data is pretty much priceless to me (i have lots of *cough* music and *cough* other stuff on it which i wouldnt want erased.) I was just wondering if there is any kind of utility or someone i can see about recovering anything that might be recoverable, for all i know, it could be just a part of it (like the file allocation table) that has been corruppted, or better still, it could be the wiring inside the drive and not the actual disks that has been corrupted.
    Try Norton Ghost if you can get a copy of it.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Try Norton Ghost if you can get a copy of it.
    yeah, ive heard of it, what does it actually do?
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    the data is pretty much priceless to me (i have lots of *cough* music and *cough* other stuff on it which i wouldnt want erased.) I was just wondering if there is any kind of utility or someone i can see about recovering anything that might be recoverable, for all i know, it could be just a part of it (like the file allocation table) that has been corruppted, or better still, it could be the wiring inside the drive and not the actual disks that has been corrupted.
    As Sire put tactfully, get the one that looks like a porn freak and bribe him with your *coughs* collection of *coughs* work. Or even better, get a professional service. Unless you got childporn on it...then it shouldn't matter too much.
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    yeah, ive heard of it, what does it actually do?
    It copys an image of the hard drive over a to a new one. But I think you can do a lot more with it such as get access to data curropted by the file system etc.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    It copys an image of the hard drive over a to a new one. But I think you can do a lot more with it such as get access to data curropted by the file system etc.
    ok, ill try that out. cheers.
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    ok, ill try that out. cheers.
    elpaw, as i said mate, i swear it wasnt me.
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    You can get some data recovery software which will get most of it back.

    Cant bear to lose all your hot poontang pics eh?
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    I turned on my computer this morning and it said "error booting operating system". i stuck in the recovery disk and tried scandisking my hard drive but it said "this disk is corrupted" or something like that. I had loads of files on that disk! been collecting stuff for 5 years! it is heartbreaking! is there any way to recover the data that was on it (it could only be the filesystem that has been corrupted)
    Defrag your hard drive!
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    I turned on my computer this morning and it said "error booting operating system". i stuck in the recovery disk and tried scandisking my hard drive but it said "this disk is corrupted" or something like that. I had loads of files on that disk! been collecting stuff for 5 years! it is heartbreaking! is there any way to recover the data that was on it (it could only be the filesystem that has been corrupted)
    Sounds like your MBR (master boot record; occupies track 0, head 0, sector 1 of your hard disk) table has been corrupted from the sounds of that error message (it sounds like the very short and non-descriptive ones inserted into MBR code as they have to fit the code and messages all within 446 bytes!), but your data is most likely still intact. If you can remember the (exact) structure of the partitions on the disk etc., you could try rebuilding the MBR table by hand (not fun) and then raw writing it to the first sector of the disk. This is probably what I would do, however it could also be FAT tables which have been damaged making the job a whole lot harder. If you really need this data, there are professionals out there who can probably get almost all (if not all of your data) back intact, but they probably charge a fortune. If you want to try rebuilding your MBR, you'll need to do some research on the net as to its exact structure and do some serious praying...

    Some advice for everyone: use a utility such as partcopy (or in *nix, dd) to save a copy of the first sector (512 bytes) of your HDD to a floppy so that if your MBR ever gets corrupted, you can just restore it again. Obviously this would need to be re-backed up each time you modified partition structure with something like fdisk.

    EDIT: Thinking about it some more, there must be programs out there which can analyse your disk and attempt to rebuild the MBR themselves by intelligently guessing where partitions might have begun and ended (by using some kind of heuristic database)... don't know of any myself though, I'm afraid. Try searching Google, such a thing must exist...

    Good luck,
 
 
 
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