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Dead drive question

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Piringa, Jan 20, 2007.

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  1. Piringa

    Piringa Thread Starter

    Sep 18, 2002
    :confused: I have a maxtor 20 gyg hard drive that doest seem to work. I can actually hear it speed up at start but it no longer appears in my computer. Its a secondary drive in which I keep all my video and music files.

    I'm thinking its the boot sector that is damaged or something I had someone tell me thats what it is but I have no idea.

    I used the disk management tool in xp to see if I could access the drive but no luck.

    I tried a tool called get data back and it looked like It was scanning the drive and It was finding things. I noticed that at the begining of the scan it gave me an i/o read error I clicked ignore and it continued to scan.

    I now think its physical damage to the disk or a bad boot sector.

    How could I recover this bad boot sector and what software could I use?

    Thanks guys.
  2. ezymony


    Jan 27, 2001
  3. valis

    valis Moderator

    Sep 24, 2004
    I'd also run a chkdsk /r on it; surprising what that fixes.
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