Slave HD got damaged with some cmd commands

By jcroot · 10 replies
Jun 10, 2008
  1. Hi guys!

    I hope i can get any help from here, this is really important.

    I was trying to fix my friend's computer by formatting windows vista but her cd/dvd drive is not working (is damaged) so my only option was to use my usb drive and get it ready to install windows vista and I followed this guide:

    The problem is that when I used these commands my second hard drive which was an slave HD now is damaged, I can get it to open, if I try to open it it will "You need to format this drive in order to use it".

    Can somebody please tell me what are my options? I really need to know if I can recover my files from this HD.
  2. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 235

    The file system may have been corupt.

    Try, Start > Run > diskmgmt.msc

    Take a look at your corrupt drive. Tell us the file system (NTFS, FAT32, etc.) and the
    status (Healthy, etc.) and the size of the drive and amount of free space.
  3. jcroot

    jcroot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    Thanks for your reply, here is an image from my slave (K) HD:

    This is what I currently have... I hope I can recover all my backup files, this happened while trying to help a girl with her laptop that didn't have a way to install windows vista because of the cd drive.
  4. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 235

    All right, so it looks as though your hard drive isn't broken but the file format have changed. You CAN recover these files ;D

    First I would try,

    If that doesn't fix it you can try this program, I can't find a better one atm, this one works fine but you can only save 4 folders from whatever it finds unless you buy it.

    1. download zar83setup.exe from here

    2. follow these steps,
  5. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    why not just buy her a DVD and put in the lap top to put windows on it, of course u would still have to fix u're hard drive.
  6. jcroot

    jcroot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    Hi and thanks for your reply!

    I tried the command promt and like you said... it asked me to re schedule my disk check next time I restart my PC. Well the thing is that after I restart my PC it checked my C disk and NOT my K disk which is the one I want to recover.

    I also tried to check the K disk manually but it will ask me to format the HD first.

    Do you believe with the z a recovery software I will be able to recover my files? is there anything else I can try?
  7. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  8. jcroot

    jcroot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56


    I tried "chkdsk k: /r" and I'm getting this error message:

    The type of the file system is RAW.
    CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.

    What options do you guys think I have?
  9. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 235

    Well you can try the other thing I gave you. Remember you can only salvage 4 folders from it though. Just take out the most important things and I'll continue to look for something else. Its hard to find freeware that can do this.
  10. jcroot

    jcroot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    Thanks for your reply and help!

    What I'm doing now is just recovering all my important files with the software you gave me. So far so good, is working, it coudn't save some files but that's ok.
  11. jcroot

    jcroot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    I have an external DVD/CD room but I couldn't get the laptop to boot from this external device. Thanks for your comment.
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