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2nd Hard Drive Vanished!!

By beer4brains
Jul 8, 2005
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  1. Hi all,
    I wonder if anyone can help/advise me with this hard disk problem.
    My os is winXp pro and my current [c:] drive is an 80Gb maxtor which is working fine.
    The problem is with my 120Gb seagate 2nd disk drive which I sometimes disconnect from this system and reconnect with another, which I think might be the cause of the problem, because after 2 problem free years of doing this, both computers now tell me that the disk is not formatted!!. I downloaded the seagate diagnostic prog and it told me that, phisically the drive was working fine but it gave me this report:-

    **********************************************************
    SeaTools Desktop v3.02.03
    Copyright (c) 2005 Kroll Ontrack Inc.

    7/8/2005 @ 6:18 PM

    Drive Information:
    SIZE MODEL
    --------- ---------------------
    120 GB ST3120022A

    Serial Number = 5JT0YD66
    Int13 Num = 81, PHYS CHS = 16383x16x63.
    ParmTable CHS, Rsvd = 14593x255x63

    PARTITION CYLINDER SIZE
    ---------- ------------ ----
    # Type Start End MB
    PRIMARY
    1 FAT32 0 14592 120039

    Diagnostic Results:

    File Structure Test Result:

    Partition 1 (FAT 32 (120 GB) No Name) Result: Invalid BPB
    **********************************************************

    The invalid BPB result could be the problem, so I downloaded the free trial version of restorer2000 from their website and after scanning a small part of the problem drive, I could see the lost file names (about 60Gb of comedy tv and movies and about 60Gb of feature movies, so that was a relief!)
    My question is, is there a program that will repair the File structure at the begining of the drive so its contents can be easily read by windows again?

    thanx..
  2. sundewzer

    sundewzer TS Rookie Posts: 34

    BartPE or WinPE might work.
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