Data Recovery

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  1. Skankin'

    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    So a neighbor gave me his 40GB Maxtor Fireball ATA 133 Harddrive so that I could attempt to recover the pictures on his drive.

    He told me that when it boots, it briefly shows the XP logo and then says "Operating System Not found" or something similar. I figured I might be able to fix it if the OS was just corrupted or something similar, but when I plugged it into my computer and I boot into my Vista x64 partition the disk management recognizes the disk, but it says it is RAW, while CHKDSK says it is NTFS.

    Any ideas? I've never had to do any recovery as I back my shit up, but pointers welcome.
     
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    plug it in a secondary drive and see if you can access the files that way.
     
  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Boot from a Windows XP install disc, go into the recovery console, run "chkdsk c: /r" until it stops finding errors, then use "fixmbr", "fixboot", and "bootcfg /rebuild" to fix the boot sector.
     
  4. Skankin'

    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    I mangled my original post, but it is in my computer as a secondary drive. I'm booting from my drive and trying to access theirs.
     
  5. Skankin'

    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    Trying now.

    EDIT: Tried this and I get:

    The type of the filesystem is NTFS.
    Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted.
     
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    theres some linux programs that let you fix partitions that are unreadable. Testdisk and FixMBR are two that come to mind. They're too powerful for me, so you'll have to figure it out yourself or do some reading. But I do know that you can set and write partition informationt ot he hard drive and also analyse the partition. Good luck.
     

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