Re: Can this hard drive be saved?
On 13-Nov-2007, Bob Feduniak <email@example.com> wrote:
> My HD crashed (running Vista Ultimate). The screen tells me it has
> several bad sectors. It won't boot, and my other machine won't
> recognize it when I attach it via USB as an external HD. I'm quite
> sure the files are intact, but all the basic approaches ("last good
> configuration," "safe mode," etc. have failed). Could anyone suggest
> something worth trying before I send the drive out to a commercial
> recovery service? Thank you.
The early version of Norton Ghost ran from a floppy, and surprisingly,
preserved long file names with the restore.
Some drive mfrs utilities can map out a few bad sectors and
replace them from a pool that exists for this purpose.
Norton Ghost dislikes corrupt disks, but if the drive is visible
from DOS then I'd run the mfrs tools, and if it successfully
maps out the bad sectors, try the DOS version of Ghost to
see if you can preserve what remains.
In fact if the drive is visible in DOS using a DOS Emergency
Boot Disk, then there are several DOS based Drive Copy
Commercial recovery is not cheap, and you may get a
list of recovered files, with no associated file names.
A lot hinges on whether the file table is intact.