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"Hard Drive Catastrophic Failure" or "The night is darkest before dawn"

By madboyv1
Oct 3, 2008
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  1. I was copying (cut and paste) data from one external hard drive (a 250 GB IDE Maxtor in a Adaptec USB enclosure) to another external (a 400 GB IDE Samsung in a Roswill USB enclosure). During the move. During this move, my Thinkpad T43p encountered a NMI Parity error, to which I'm still unsure what caused it, though I think it may have been my Dock II screwing stuff up. I did memtest 10 times over and my memory passed, so I am assuming its my Dock II. ANYWAYS...

    So the NMI Parity error was a blue screen, and I restarted the computer. After the restart I noticed the Maxtor external hard drive was missing from my drive list, and in disk management it show as an uninitialized disk.

    Okay, no biggie, I've dealt with this before. I tried using GetDataBack for NTFS, that failed to recover. Also failed were Active Partition recovery, Data Doctor Recovery, File Recovery, Restorer 2000, TestDisk, and ZAR.

    I'm guessing my Master File Table is trashed and I can't recover it.

    Does anyone have any ideas?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Zar should have recovered it (if the data is recoverable)
    Also (you may already realize this now) in future Copy and paste :)

    More recovery tools here
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 955   +49

    I changed the enclosure and tried again, and it worked. I"ll have to recover a little at a time though. :eek:
  4. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy TS Rookie Posts: 205

    glad to hear you got it working, good luck on the recovery. btw, your title reminds me of a Rocky & Bullwinkle episode :cool: .
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Too fast for me Speedy :)

    Please let us know how it all goes (or comes back)
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