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Hard Disk failure

Hi everyone. thanks for taking the trouble to read this. I have a dell desktop and my secondary hard disk is failing. i have partitioned the hard disk into two but i already have a primary disk. the primary disk seems to work fine. but the secondary disk asks me to format it anytime i try to access any of the two partitions. i cant afford to format it because i have a lot of important data on it. thanks again for reading and i hope you can give me some help here. thanks.

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  • maftiblaze Apr 27, 2009

    Hi everyone, sorry i didn't write back early, and thanx for your replys. Mircenaj, what you are saying is right. Previously, secondary disks partitions were named "Stuffs" and "Magazine". But after it started failing, they have all been named local disks. But can i run chkdsk from startup before windows boots? How do i do that? Diskcanfixit, I dont have that much to spend on recovery, so pls give me more advice. Anyway, im gonna run the checkdis. an one more thing, it keeps very long-about 10 mins-to boot. Meanwhile it doesnt boot from the failing disk. Please Help!!!!

  • maftiblaze Apr 29, 2009

    I run chkdsk, it only recovered one partition. but the other where the most important stuffs are, it says it couldn't read some of the sectors. What do you suggest? Thanks.!

  • maftiblaze May 02, 2009

    Mircenaj, i downloaded the acronis disk director but i dont know what to do now. How do i use it. When i open the software, it sees all the hard disks including the partition that i can't access. It sees the name and the capacity. How much has been used and what is left. But there are bad sectors on it. I want to at least copy the files on it onto the other partition. Please help. thanks.

  • maftiblaze May 03, 2009

    hey can anybody give me a clue. I need some help here. I gotta get these pictures from the hard drive. they are very important to me. or can anyone give me any software that i can use to retrieve ma files back? I need your help urgently. thanks. i installed acronis disk director and it saw the disk, the capacity, the free space as well as the used space. But it couldn't access the content of the disk. windows sees it alright but when i try to access the files, it says the drive is not formatted so i should format it. I tries scandisk, in dos. it saw a lot of bad sectors it couldnt read, about 15 of them. is it that seriouse? i know that once there are bad sectors i may not be able to access some files but what about the places without the bad sectors. cant i access the files on the sectors that are not bad. a friend says i should put it in a freezer overnight but he didnt tell me how to do it. is it ok to try that? thank you. please help.

  • mircenaj May 11, 2010

    Ok, let me get this straight, you have two discs, one that has your operating system, and a second one with TWO partitions, and whenever you try to access the secondary disk, it asks you to format it?





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    Dick May 11, 2010

    The question now becomes "how much do you want to spend recovering the data?" If you can restore your backed up data from the bad drive to a new drive - no problem. If you have no backup data and your data is important you will be learning a lesson painful to your wallet. Call a local computer place and ask what they charge to recover the data on your drive. IF you can put the drive in an external enclosure and it works long enough to copy the data on it to a new drive - you got lucky. Try putting the drive in a Ziploc in the freezer overnight to maximize your chances with this method. There are places that can disassemble your drive and put the plates into a new drive and recover the data that way. The cheapest I've heard of is around $500 for something like that and it could be much more.

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Try to run CHKDSK from command prompt, and if that doesnt work, its probably corrupt / hard to recover

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Ok, If you want to Keep all the data AND be able to boot into that secondary Hard Disc, Then You Need toBoot into your primary Hard drive, Navigate to the Secondary Hard Drive from within Windows.................
then, back the data you want to save onto: DVD-Rs, CD-Rs, External Hard Disc, Flash Drive, etc..

And Then Delete the partitions and Reformat it.

If That doesn't fix your problems completely, then your Hard Drive has seen better days and needs to be replace. But I'd Try The Above First......at least this way, You won't lose your data!

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