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AmericanKiwi

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I have a 2 yr old IBM PC300 system: 64 RAM, 5 GB hard drive and the hard drive is shot. I've tried doing the scandisk but it wouldn't work, so I ran the Product Recovery & Diagnostic disk that accompanied the system and it came back with about 95% of the hard drive with corrupted files (I think - it was a couple weeks ago when I did this). Anyway, it wasn't able to fix the problem. I'm assuming my hard drive is shot.

So - is there something else I can try or shall I fork out more $? Of course, my warranty has expired . . .

Thanks,
Dawn
 
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you can try formating the drive and reinstalling your os , worth a shot. you might need to install it as a slave drive on another machine.
 
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if that hard drives onley 2 yrs old contact ibm for a replacement most hard drives carry a 3 yr warrenty:cool:
 
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This list is taken from a post on expert exchange and I only wish there was a way to give the author (Name on EE - The Crazy One)credit because it is the best of its type I have found:

Take look at these.

easy recovery
Free Version Personal Edition shows you all the files you could recover with a purchased copy of the
Personal Edition.
Personal Edition recovers files from DOS, Windows 3.x, 95, 98 and Me, IDE/ATA/EIDE hard drives, SCSI
hard drives, systems, floppy diskettes, Zip and Jaz removable media.
Free Version Professional Edition shows you all the files you could recover with a purchased copy of
the Professional Edition.
Professional Edition recovers files from DOS, Windows 3.x, 95, 98, Me, XP, 2000 and NT systems, IDE/ATA/EIDE
hard drives, SCSI hard drives, floppy diskettes, Zip and Jaz removable media, and provides advanced
data recovery options.
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecovery/

File Rescue 2.5
Web:http://www.file-rescue.com/

GetDataBack for FAT and NTFS
GetDataBack is safe, because it' s read-only, which means the program will never attempt to write to
the drive you are about to recover.
The software enables the regular user to conduct his own data recovery by guiding him through five easy
to understand steps, thus gives the advanced user the possibility to interfere with the recovery and
improve the results, by examining the scan log, the file system details, file and directory information,
by selecting the sector range to be scanned, by choosing excessive search for file systems or search
for lost files, by calling Runtime' s DiskExplorer.
GetDataBack recovers data from

Hard Drives
Partitions
Floppy Drives
Drive Images
Zip/Jaz Drives
http://www.runtime.org/

For NTFS
http://www.restorer2000.com/r2k.htm

Fast File Undelete
http://www.dtidata.com/

Undelete
http://www.quantumsoft.co.uk/undelete.stm

File Recover 2000
http://www.filerecover.com/

R-Tools
http://www.r-tt.com/

Lost and Found
Lost and Found recovers data from drives that have been formatted, lost partitions through accidental
deletion, etc. This applies to FAT or FAT32 partitions only. If the disk is still capable of spinning,
there is a chance of recovery.
Lost and Found only performs read operations on the affected hard disk. Many utilities attempt to repair
the hard disk and corrupt data in the process. Since Lost and Found only performs read operations, it
does not risk the integrity of the data on the disk.
http://www.powerquest.com/support/primus/id160.html

File Restore
If you've deleted your data and you want to get it back, you need FileRestore.
FileRestore is a simple, easy-to-use tool for recovering files that have been lost or deleted from your
Windows system.
Designed for Windows XP, 2000, NT, Me, and 9x
http://www.winternals.com/products/repairandrecovery/filerestore.asp

Disk Commander
In virtually any situation where you need to recover lost data from a Windows system, Disk Commander
is the solution. Disk Commander performs a wide range of data recovery operations.
http://www.winternals.com/products/repairandrecovery/diskcommander.asp

Drive Rescue
Supported file systems: FAT 12/16/32
Windows® 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP
Free
http://home.arcor.de/christian_grau/rescue/

Tool to check and undelete partition
Works with the following partitions:
- FAT12 FAT16 FAT32
- Linux
- Linux SWAP (version 1 and 2)
- NTFS (Windows NT)
- BeFS (BeOS)
- UFS (BSD)
- Netware
- RaiserFS
http://www.cgsecurity.org//testdisk.html

DFSee
http://www.fsys.demon.nl/

MRECOVER
http://kristenonline.com/lain/cih/mrecintro.htm

Emergency Undelete
http://www.c2000.com/software/download.htm

Unerase
http://www.filesearching.com/cgi-bin/s?q=unerase.exe&t=f&d=&l=en&x=11&y=17

Back2Life
http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/57588.html

Hard Drive Mechanic
http://www.highergroundsoftware.com/6.html
It's true. Even if you just re-formatted your entire hard drive, you can still get all of your data
back because, unlike what most people believe, formatting does NOT erase your files!
With Hard Drive Mechanic's Unformat Feature, you can restore all of your valuable data in about 10 minutes!
demo version:
http://www.highergroundsoftware.com/downloads2.htm
 
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