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aznx
06-24-2002, 11:36 AM
hi, i have a 30 gig wd hd that died on me, if i had 3 partitions on it, is there any way that i could retrieve the information stored on the other two partitions? i cant seem to be able to read the hd though, i can see it in the device manager but in the system drive selection, no good. running winxp

FA-MAS
06-24-2002, 11:56 AM
You can't access anything on the drive? Does the bios even recognize that it's there? If you answered no to both of those, I don't think you'll be able to get the data back. Unless maybe one of those data retrieval services.

edit: I just realized you said you can see it in device manager, but nothing shows in my computer.

Wiggo
06-24-2002, 11:57 AM
What do you mean by die? Was it the drive itself or the os? If just the os then either stick it in another PC and backup or just format the os partition and reinstall the os and the info on other partitions should be there still. If the drive physically died then there are places around that offer services for salvaging data though I've heard that it's not cheap. :smokin:
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FA-MAS
06-24-2002, 11:58 AM
Wow Wiggo, that was quick. I had just finished posting. You know, I never think to try hard drives in other machines. Good idea.

Wiggo
06-24-2002, 12:02 PM
I thought the same when I seen your's there. :cackle:
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zeradul
06-25-2002, 04:26 AM
Yea, once it is in another computer you should be able to get everything in the partitions that still work. You very likely will still be able to format them and reinstall an os on them, but you might not want to do that if you think the drive is almost dead.

aznx
06-25-2002, 07:31 AM
ummm, i can see it on a different computer in the device manager but not in my computer. running xp on old computer but i still cant "read" the drive... =\

Wiggo
06-25-2002, 10:15 AM
Well then it just may have physically died then and if you really need the info off it then you'll just have to spend a few $'s at one of those places that will strip your old drive down to remove the platters so they can be read in a working setup. :smokin:
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aznx
06-25-2002, 10:29 AM
awwwww..hmm, is there any way that i can bypass the first couple hundred sectors or a program that could do that? thanks

Wiggo
06-25-2002, 10:41 AM
Does the drive spin up? If the drive could be read then putting it in another PC should've worked. :smokin:
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aznx
06-25-2002, 11:10 AM
it spins up, but when xp tries to detect the drive at boot, the drive goes into an endless spin....bzzzzbbzzzz....repetitive until xp gives up and quits trying to find it and loads the rest of the way, this process takes over 5 minutes though, but at the end, the drive letters still do not show in my computer but in device manager, it says drives are perfectly fine =\

Wiggo
06-25-2002, 12:03 PM
Well then can ya put a startup disk in and format the C:/ partition? :?:
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aznx
06-25-2002, 12:27 PM
nope winxp says unknown disk for the 30 gig on setup and i dont want to risk losing everything thats on it incase of a bad format or it formats the entire drive

zeradul
06-25-2002, 08:55 PM
it will be clear whether or not you are about to format the whole drive or just the first partition.

aznx
06-26-2002, 07:34 AM
darn tried formatting but it wont even let me highlight that drive =\