Can't assign a drive letter

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Shairel

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I have a dell 2650 up on the bench with a trashed windows XP installation ( Multiple stop errors at boot ) when I hook the hard drive up to my test bench machine I get the device detected, the volume detected, but no drive letter.
When I go into computer management / disk management I see the two partitions ( A small EISA partition in the beginning, and a Healthy, Active NTFS partition ) on the drive, but the menu options to assign a drive letter are greyed out. I have tried rebuilding the MBRs, and reloading the boot sectors, and I am at a loss. The drive has some data that a customer finds essential, so doing a zero level isn't an option.

I am going to try to run hitachi DFT next, will post with results as soon as it is done.
 

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Those tools look like they are going to be extremely useful, unfortunately this hard drive failed DFT, can't even run a sector remap 'cos DFT faults out when it hits a certain LBA, tried four times even. I'll use these new thingies you linked me to see if I can salvage anything, though
 
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If you have given up trying to salvage a working drive, time to look at recovery operations.

See if NTFSDOS recognizes the drive from a floppy, and see if the files you want to recover are visible. That will give some idea about whether recovery means copying in DOS or recovery by an application that relies on BIOS recognition of the drive and not operating system recognition.

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/ntfsdos.shtml
 
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you goin to have to use recovery software to get any data from the hardrive slave the drive and try some of this recovery software

Back2Life 2.2: (Shareware)
http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/57588.html

Disk Commander part of Administrator's Pak (Free Eval CD):
http://www.winternals.com/products/repairandrecovery/index.asp

Drive Rescue: (Demo)
http://63.141.194.5/rescue/index.html

Easy Recovery (free evaluation):
http://www.ontrack.com/freesoftware/

Emergency Undelete: (Free/Shareware)
http://www.c2000.com/software/download.htm

File Recover 2000: (Free Trial)
http://www.filerecover.com/

File Rescue 2.5 Web: (Free Trial)
http://www.file-rescue.com/

GetDataBack: (Working Demo) [****]
http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm

The Hard Drive Mechanic Gold (Demo):
http://www.highergroundsoftware.com/6.html

Media Recover (Digital media and hard drive recovery - $30 USD)
http://www.mediarecover.com/

PC Inspector file recovery (Freeware)
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

Restorer 2000: (Free or Full Version) [*****]
http://www.restorer2000.com


my favorite is this one but is not free http://www.toolsthatwork.com/byteback.htm
 

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Wow! thanks all, running APR says that byte 0 is bad on both partitions, and I'm not sure if C will pay for data recovery, but I didn't think of using ntfsdos, it might be able to pull something, as she's largely concerned with an mdb somewhere in her docs and settings tree. I'll tell you how it goes tomorrow
 
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