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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rjemery, Jan 27, 2000.

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  1. rjemery

    rjemery Thread Starter

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    I have a working IDE drive whose partition table has been scrambled. As a result, any of the three operating systems on that drive will not boot. In fact, the drive is not even seen by the system when DOS is booted from diskette, because no drive letters are being assigned.

    Norton Utilities are of no use because of the no drive letter situtation. NU can't see the drive, but FDISK and Partition Magic's PARTINFO program can.

    There must be some powerful data recovery tools out there that would enable me to fix this drive, and I would appreciate recommendations for same.

    If money were no object, I could send this drive to a disaster data recovery house, but those places are expensive and are really for drives that sustained physical damage. The cause of this drive's failure was nothing more than the powering down of the computer during a system boot.

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  2. HowdyBubba

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    Try this out http://www.powerquest.com/searchandrescue/index.html it's about $150 but you can download a demo that will tell you wether or not it can help your drive.

    I seem to recall a free util somewhere on the net but I can't find the link right now. If I find it later I'll post it here.

    Good Luck
     
  3. Jim Holly

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    Have you tried FDISK /MBR ? This should restore the table from the backup one on the drive.

    Also, a friend advises:
    "Hook the drive in as slave to another hdd and see if it's recognized. Run scandisk and/or Fdisk /mbr. Tiramisu (a file reclamation program)will recover the data but doesn't preserve filenames or directory structure."

    [This message has been edited by Jim Holly (edited 01-29-2000).]
     
  4. rjemery

    rjemery Thread Starter

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    I didn't know FDISK had an /MBR option. Are you sure about that? I just did a "FDISK /?" from Win98/DOS and no /MBR option was shown.
     
  5. LarryCore

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    It is not a documented switch, but MBR will indeed create a new Master Boot Record.

    I don't think it will help your partitions any, but it won't hurt, either.

    I have used PowerQuests Lost and Found program in the past, and it worked quite well. Search and Rescue is a more advanced tool, but includes Lost and Found as well.
     
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