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Hard Drive Partition Table Error

Hi there,

I have this HDD that had stopped functioning in the midst of moving some files into it. When I restart the PC, the BIOS still detects it. But WinXp won't even boot. The blue screen came up, checking the drive for consistency and just hangs. Happens everytime. I can only get into the OS if i unplugged the HDD from the motherboard.

Ran Partition Magic 8 and it said that there's a partition table error #110. Tried using boot-up disks but they can't see the logical partition. The stuff that's mainly in the HDD are media stuff. And i know they are easily corrupted if using data recovery software post-formatting.

I'm wondering if there's a way to put the partition table back on the HDD and hence, i can move the files onto another HDD. The thing is, I can't even get into Windows environment with the HDD plugged in...

Thanks heaps!


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  • Jason W. Apr 27, 2008

    Hey Boff.. thanx..

    But the problematic HDD was already a slave. Additionally, if it was plugged into the M/B, Windows won't load. It hangs.. The furtherest i can get to is in boot up DOS mode...


  • Jason W. Apr 27, 2008

    Heya Boff...

    The BIOS detects it, but Windows won't. The hdd is SATAII.. and dun think i can hear any R/W sounds from the hdd...

    The funny thing is, depending on how damaged it is, won't the System prompt you of an unformatted disk if the partition table is corrupted. As of now, the OS won't even load if the hdd is plugged in. Hence, i can't even format it or anything. But strangely too; that BIOS can detect it.



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If you have a spare HDD, you could install win xP onto that and set the problem drive as a slave. You may then be able to access the slave drive and save some of your files.

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  • boff1 Apr 27, 2008

    Ah... You did not say it was a slave. Looks as though the disk is seriously damaged. Is the disk IDE? If so you may be able to access the data with a USB to IDE adaptor , if you have one, - after windows has started.

    Can you hear the disc spinning and the arm trying to find the fat sectors when you start windows? Can you see the disc in the BIOS?

  • boff1 Apr 27, 2008

    I think the bios will detect a bad disc but then everything stops when windows tries to load the operating system ,which is what you are finding. I have experienced bad discs that screw up windows but (fortunately) never a SATA disc. Obviously you won't be able to attach it to an IDE USB adaptor. I will do a it more thinking and let you know if I come up with anything helpful.

    When you managed to boot up in DOS can you see the files on your damaged disc? If so this could be a way out

    I wonder if a Linux o/s that runs from a CD would allow you to boot with the damaged HDD in situ?



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