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#1 viccy

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Posted 25 June 2004 - 02:53 PM

I have a hard drive that evidently has bad sectors. It first gave me an error message that the registry was corrupt. I tried to run scanreg and it failed. I ran fdisk and rebooted and was going to format as directed--it would only go to 4% and then hang. I have some data on the D drive that I would like to try to recover. Does Partition Magic have the capabilities of doing that or is there some other software that anyone would recommend?

Edited by viccy, 25 June 2004 - 02:53 PM.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 04:14 PM

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#3 wawadave

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 09:21 PM

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you can try slaveing it to anther computer and remove data from there. you may want to check out diskinvestagator its free. i have used it fo find and recover data.
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Posted 29 June 2004 - 12:18 PM

It was my understanding that using the DOS Fdisk utility deletes any existing data. Thats why you have to format the disk afterwards. Also, the fact that you could only format 4% of the disk before the procedure failed would, I suspect, indicate that any data that was on the disk was not recoverable.

Another alternative, would be to boot from a floppy and try using recovery software from a cd or floppy to see whether the disk can be read at all.

PartitionMagic does allow you to re-partition without losing data, but, sadly, Fdisk does not. :( Its seems Fdisk uses the 'sledgehammer to crack a nut' approach.

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Edited by Freebird, 29 June 2004 - 12:24 PM.

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#5 mnosteele

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:57 PM

You must slave it to a good drive, but I always use Ontrack's Easy Recovery Pro.

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