Extreme Problem



Grae
07-10-2005, 12:52 AM
Okay, I have a 40GB master, with a 160GB HD (SATA) as my secondary.
Well, I've gone through several problems with my hard drives, so I format
frequently (although now it's been every few months or so). Well, My last
copy of Windows got corrupted on the 160 while I was using that as my master,
so I just installed Windows back onto the 40, and have been running this way
for several months (3 max). I never reformatted my 160, because I had a ton
of data (obviously why I had it), and I never had time to back it up onto
discs. Well, since early today, I've had a major problem. I can't access
ANYthing on my 160, and I can't scan it with Windows or any program. When I
open My Computer and try to open the drive (C:), everything pauses for a few
seconds, and the "format disk" messege pops up:

"Disk is not formatted
The disk in drive C is not formatted.
Do you want to format it now?
YES NO"

Well, obviously, I click "No", because of all the important data I have
on there. There's about 110 gigs of very important files, and the rest are
some things I'd like to keep. PLEASE help me, I'm in a very bad situation
here. Thanks.
---------------Grae

Ghostrider
07-10-2005, 12:52 AM
Grae wrote:

> Okay, I have a 40GB master, with a 160GB HD (SATA) as my secondary.
> Well, I've gone through several problems with my hard drives, so I format
> frequently (although now it's been every few months or so). Well, My last
> copy of Windows got corrupted on the 160 while I was using that as my master,
> so I just installed Windows back onto the 40, and have been running this way
> for several months (3 max). I never reformatted my 160, because I had a ton
> of data (obviously why I had it), and I never had time to back it up onto
> discs. Well, since early today, I've had a major problem. I can't access
> ANYthing on my 160, and I can't scan it with Windows or any program. When I
> open My Computer and try to open the drive (C:), everything pauses for a few
> seconds, and the "format disk" messege pops up:
>
> "Disk is not formatted
> The disk in drive C is not formatted.
> Do you want to format it now?
> YES NO"
>
> Well, obviously, I click "No", because of all the important data I have
> on there. There's about 110 gigs of very important files, and the rest are
> some things I'd like to keep. PLEASE help me, I'm in a very bad situation
> here. Thanks.
> ---------------Grae

One should always back up as part of a regular routine, and
especially when hard drives start to go flaky, e.g., signs of
file corruption. Anyway, remove the SATA drive and test in
another computer. If accessible, do a backup. If HD can not
be accessed, then professional data recovery services are
needed and it could be quite expensive for 110 GB of files.

Andrew E.
07-10-2005, 12:52 AM
Where does this ghostwriter get his info and/or answers from.....Try
installing
xp cd,boot to xp cd,setting either disk as master,then go to recovery,you'll
need to use the F6 option,for recovery,press enter for password,then type:
CHKDSK C: /R C: being the 160gb.This will chk the hd,and repair if possible,
you might also,download the DOS utility from the mfg and test the drive at
some
time,its probably getting defective.

"Grae" wrote:

> Okay, I have a 40GB master, with a 160GB HD (SATA) as my secondary.
> Well, I've gone through several problems with my hard drives, so I format
> frequently (although now it's been every few months or so). Well, My last
> copy of Windows got corrupted on the 160 while I was using that as my master,
> so I just installed Windows back onto the 40, and have been running this way
> for several months (3 max). I never reformatted my 160, because I had a ton
> of data (obviously why I had it), and I never had time to back it up onto
> discs. Well, since early today, I've had a major problem. I can't access
> ANYthing on my 160, and I can't scan it with Windows or any program. When I
> open My Computer and try to open the drive (C:), everything pauses for a few
> seconds, and the "format disk" messege pops up:
>
> "Disk is not formatted
> The disk in drive C is not formatted.
> Do you want to format it now?
> YES NO"
>
> Well, obviously, I click "No", because of all the important data I have
> on there. There's about 110 gigs of very important files, and the rest are
> some things I'd like to keep. PLEASE help me, I'm in a very bad situation
> here. Thanks.
> ---------------Grae

Uncle John
07-10-2005, 12:52 AM
"Grae"

You need to check whether there is only a MFT fault or the disk has failed.

If you open Control Panel\Administrative Tools\Computer
Management\Storage\Disk Management
Does the disk appear as a volume. If it does, you should see something like
Disk O System (C:\) 40GB Healthy
Disk 1 SATA (D:\)160GB greyed out.
With the Tools button select properties and see if you can set it as active.
If you cannot fix it in Disk Management you will need to try a third party
utility like Partition Magic by Powerquest available from Symantec.

If the disk does not appear at all you need more powerful tools or third
party help. (If you were near us in London it would cost about 150 for
visit and repair, no fix no pay).
Check this link http://www.unistal.com/disk_repair.html
--
Uncle John

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:52 AM
Andrew,

You CAN NOT run chkdsk on a disk that has no partitions. Where do you get
YOUR information from?

To the O/P:

There are a few recovery programs that allow you to recover files from a
drive that has lost it's partitions. EasyRecovery Professional (expensive)
from www.ontrack.com has a special module just for that purpose. I have used
it several time with 100% success.

The found files that you wish to recover must be recovered to another hard
drive equal to, or exceeding, the total size of the files you want to
recover. It is best to get another hard drive the same size as the defective
drive. After the files have been recovered you can likely repartition the
defective drive, format the partition you created and continue to use the
drive as before. I have a drive I recovered 2 years ago and it is still
working. Never had another problem!

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"Andrew E." <eckrichco@msn.com> wrote in message
news:A8DEE260-872D-4753-AF0C-A6EEDA356758@microsoft.com...
> Where does this ghostwriter get his info and/or answers from.....Try
> installing
> xp cd,boot to xp cd,setting either disk as master,then go to
> recovery,you'll
> need to use the F6 option,for recovery,press enter for password,then type:
> CHKDSK C: /R C: being the 160gb.This will chk the hd,and repair if
> possible,
> you might also,download the DOS utility from the mfg and test the drive at
> some
> time,its probably getting defective.
>
> "Grae" wrote:
>
>> Okay, I have a 40GB master, with a 160GB HD (SATA) as my secondary.
>> Well, I've gone through several problems with my hard drives, so I format
>> frequently (although now it's been every few months or so). Well, My last
>> copy of Windows got corrupted on the 160 while I was using that as my
>> master,
>> so I just installed Windows back onto the 40, and have been running this
>> way
>> for several months (3 max). I never reformatted my 160, because I had a
>> ton
>> of data (obviously why I had it), and I never had time to back it up onto
>> discs. Well, since early today, I've had a major problem. I can't access
>> ANYthing on my 160, and I can't scan it with Windows or any program. When
>> I
>> open My Computer and try to open the drive (C:), everything pauses for a
>> few
>> seconds, and the "format disk" messege pops up:
>>
>> "Disk is not formatted
>> The disk in drive C is not formatted.
>> Do you want to format it now?
>> YES NO"
>>
>> Well, obviously, I click "No", because of all the important data I
>> have
>> on there. There's about 110 gigs of very important files, and the rest
>> are
>> some things I'd like to keep. PLEASE help me, I'm in a very bad situation
>> here. Thanks.
>> ---------------Grae

Al Smith
07-10-2005, 12:53 AM
> Okay, I have a 40GB master, with a 160GB HD (SATA) as my secondary.
> Well, I've gone through several problems with my hard drives, so I format
> frequently (although now it's been every few months or so). Well, My last
> copy of Windows got corrupted on the 160 while I was using that as my master,
> so I just installed Windows back onto the 40, and have been running this way
> for several months (3 max). I never reformatted my 160, because I had a ton
> of data (obviously why I had it), and I never had time to back it up onto
> discs. Well, since early today, I've had a major problem. I can't access
> ANYthing on my 160, and I can't scan it with Windows or any program. When I
> open My Computer and try to open the drive (C:), everything pauses for a few
> seconds, and the "format disk" messege pops up:
>
> "Disk is not formatted
> The disk in drive C is not formatted.
> Do you want to format it now?
> YES NO"
>
> Well, obviously, I click "No", because of all the important data I have
> on there. There's about 110 gigs of very important files, and the rest are
> some things I'd like to keep. PLEASE help me, I'm in a very bad situation
> here. Thanks.
> ---------------Grae

Try booting from Knoppix.

M
07-10-2005, 12:53 AM
You need a FREE Seatools CD from http://seatools.seagatestorage.com/en this
will test any brand of hard drive and give you report on its condition.
"Grae" <Grae@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:07F14CDE-2F95-41F8-8EFF-477A12EA69A0@microsoft.com...
> Okay, I have a 40GB master, with a 160GB HD (SATA) as my secondary.
> Well, I've gone through several problems with my hard drives, so I format
> frequently (although now it's been every few months or so). Well, My last
> copy of Windows got corrupted on the 160 while I was using that as my
> master,
> so I just installed Windows back onto the 40, and have been running this
> way
> for several months (3 max). I never reformatted my 160, because I had a
> ton
> of data (obviously why I had it), and I never had time to back it up onto
> discs. Well, since early today, I've had a major problem. I can't access
> ANYthing on my 160, and I can't scan it with Windows or any program. When
> I
> open My Computer and try to open the drive (C:), everything pauses for a
> few
> seconds, and the "format disk" messege pops up:
>
> "Disk is not formatted
> The disk in drive C is not formatted.
> Do you want to format it now?
> YES NO"
>
> Well, obviously, I click "No", because of all the important data I have
> on there. There's about 110 gigs of very important files, and the rest are
> some things I'd like to keep. PLEASE help me, I'm in a very bad situation
> here. Thanks.
> ---------------Grae


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