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HDD partition problem ( problem...helpp please )

By Dragon
Apr 24, 2004
  1. problem...helpp please

    well, i have this drive, it's a maxtor 60GB (im not sure the model and stuff) but when i go to it, it says "this drive has not been formatted" and there are stuff on the drive, i can see the stuff in DOS...is there any way to recover the data?

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    Didou
     
  2. JWL

    JWL TS Rookie

    You mean like a 2nd HD seperate from your main one? Try using a program called R-Studio. I used it to recover all the data from a partition that windows wouldn't recognize.
     
  3. Dragon

    Dragon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    ^^^^^
    i tried that...it gave me errors...i guess i should format it, but will the drive work fine after a format?
     
  4. JWL

    JWL TS Rookie

    If you format the drive...you will probably lose the data on it. When did the problem start? You need to give more details. Is this your HD or did you just find it somewhere? Does it have an OS on it?
     
  5. OS samurai

    OS samurai TS Rookie Posts: 159

  6. Dragon

    Dragon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    well, i have an asus a7n8x-x, amd xp2500+ the hd is a maxtor 60gb, i am using windows xp....hope this helps

    oops, yeah this was my drive, i used it for music and stuff, it was like a backup drive, no it has no OS on it, it's FAT32 i believe since i can see stuff in dos
     
  7. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Rather than format, why not convert it to NTFS?
     
  8. Dragon

    Dragon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    it's possible to convert it without a format?
     
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    It's possible, but you'll get the worst possible performance since you really can't control the cluster size.

    Partition Magic will allow you to change the cluster size, but that's about a 50/50 chance from what I've experienced.
     
  10. Dragon

    Dragon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    other then partition magic how can i convert it?
     
  11. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Did you check that the jumpers on that HD are set properly (master or slave)?
    Also, older HDs do not like 80-wire IDE-cables (and vice-versa).
     
  12. Dragon

    Dragon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    ^^^^^^^
    it's in "my computer" just that i can't access it
     
  13. Dragon

    Dragon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    anyone? can i convert it to NTFS without losing the data? and will that solve the problem of not being able to access it?
     
  14. Dragon

    Dragon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    just an update....i installed partition magic, i went to the properties of the drive and i get "error #45 CRC error in data" will formatting solve this? help please
     
  15. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    As per Symantec/Partition Magic:

    http://www.symantec.com/techsupp/primus/id2406.html

    Error 45 CRC Error in data
    Solution: Error 45 CRC Error in data Use ScanDisk (or CHKDSK /R in Windows NT) to perform a thorough surface scan of the disk.This flags any bad sectors on the disk so that they cannot be used in the future. Reinstall the software you were using when ...


    If your HD were in good nick (which yours obviously is not) you can convert to NTFS without losing data, using the inbuilt converter from Windows.
    PartMagic can do it as well and a hell of a lot faster than MS convert.
     
  16. Dragon

    Dragon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    so should i/would i be able to format this drive?
     
  17. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Hunt around for a utility with the name "File Wizard". Install that on your C-drive in c:\fw
    Have a FAT32 partition available that is big enough to recieve the files from your troubled HD.
    Then start from a boot-floppy (e.g. WIN98) and run File-wizard. It should be able to copy from bad HD to good FAT32-partition.

    Another possibility is "Active Uneraser" from www.uneraser.com
    If it can recover your data, you have to register it for £27($50).
     
  18. Nax

    Nax TS Rookie

    Like JWL said - use R-Studio.
    I have recovered data from a lot of drives with all kinds of problems.
    If you get errors using the program I don't think you are using it right - the program doesn't really validate the data, just shows you what there is.
    Then you can start recovery - but don't recover to your problem disk as you them might overwrite data - recover to alternate disk.
     
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