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Trying to recover a disk - Presaro SR1710nx

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bobroosth, Nov 9, 2011.

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  1. bobroosth

    bobroosth Thread Starter

    May 17, 2000
    Client's computer died. Powers up, but no booting noises. No startup beeps. Took the drive out and connected it to my production computer (Win 7) with two different USB dongles. In both cases Windows wants to format the drive.

    I really do not think it is hosed. My suspicion is that it was partitioned with one of the odd-ball programs that were common some time ago, but I have no clue which. The computer is a Compaq Presaro SR1710nx, built in 2006. Drive is a 100 gb Maxtor. One online source references it being partitioned into a smallish c:, fat32, and a larger h:, ntfs.

    Does anyone have a memory of this machine and its drive quirks?
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    About the only thing you can do, provided that the drive is mechanically sound, is try file recovery before repartitioning it or even testing it, which can destroy a borderline drive.

    Testdisk can attempt to recover both the partitions and files.

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  3. JoyousMonkey


    Mar 22, 2002
    Not sure if this is necessarily helpful, but a lot of Compaqs had / have their own inbuilt system recovery, which (if memory serves) is accessed by tapping the F10 key during start up of the PC. I only mention this as it might explain the partitions you've mentioned. The smaller partition would contain the files for the recovery to take place, and could be somewhere in the region of a gig or two.

    If the drive is manually repartitioned and / or wiped, the system recovery ability to reinstall Windows and all the drivers and software it came with will naturally be rendered impossible... unless the computer either came with recovery discs OR these discs were created by the owner of the PC.

    Having said all this, it could all be rather academic if the HDD is physically at fault.
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