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HardDisk Problems

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JekylHyde, Feb 8, 2008.

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  1. JekylHyde

    JekylHyde Thread Starter

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    hi,
    i had some problems booting to my xp pro.
    the system was unstable. sometimes it booted but then crashed. sometimes didn't even booted.
    so i installed my old hd. installed xp on it. & when i tried ti access my problematic hd windows told me the drive should be formated first :confused:
    why format it? i can boot from it so there is data there...

    i want to backup the data there before formating. then i'll install xp on it. (that is why i used my old hd).

    thanks
     
  2. emoric

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    In your case, I would get an old drive and set it as a slave. I would then use the slave as a data disk to save all the important documents such as family photos, music, etc. I would maybe say consider partitioning it but if Windows wants to format, I would be worried it would take the data partition too. I hope this makes sense. I think I'm just rambling on... :/

    If not, DVD back ups are also nice. :D
     
  3. Rich-M

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    I would run checkdisk on the other drive as it obviously has some issues. In My Computer, right click the drive, choose "Properties", Tools, Error Checking, Advanced and put checks in both boxes then apply.
     
  4. JekylHyde

    JekylHyde Thread Starter

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    i can't go inside the disk...
    which is strange. because when it was the only disk on the system i booted from it.
    now i can't go inside of it.

    the 8Gb is my old drive that i installed xp on. IDE drive.
    the bigger is the drive i want to save the data from. SATA drive. (no jumpers).
     

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  5. Rich-M

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    I have had amazing results with a program called Hard Drive Regenerator which rebuilds the magnetics of the drive without affecting data at all. You can use it once free for one project only:
    http://www.gold-software.com/download7605.html
    Bear in mind this can take 36 hours to complete so be patient but the results will amaze you.
     
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