why would a hard drive spontaniously appear to be empty?

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    my parents hard drive was working fine for years. the other day they had booted up and it hung before it could even find the windows boot loader.

    i thought it might have just been a simple mbr problem, so i ran repair with an xp disk. it didn't find the old version of windows to repair. so i ran a couple of hard drive testing programs and they all said the drive was in decent shape

    threw the drive in my computer as a slave, started to boot windows, it starts to scandisk the drive and repairs a bunch of stuff, but hangs at the end. i reboot, skip the scandisk this time. windows finishes booting, the drive shows up in my computer, but says its corrupted

    i load up getdataback for ntfs, it finds the drive and all the files. i grab the files my dad wants (1gb of pictures that he never backs up)
    not a virus, my parents computer has symantec
    i'm guessing that the drive is on its last legs. :dunno:

    cliffs: parents drive dies, appears as though it's empty, but getdataback got me the files i needed
     
  2. JasonKnight

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    my 250gb western digital did this a few months ago, I guess the flags on the HD became corrupted... it basically went from being a working drive to telling you that this hard drive has not yet been formatted. I used the same program you did, got off all my emulation, said fuck the music and videos I can get them easyer then emulation and box'ed the drive... its in my closet now...
     
  3. deusexaethera

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    This is an under-appreciated reason to defrag. Defragging forces the data on the disk to be freshly re-recorded from time to time, and it staves off demagnetisation that causes data loss.
     
  4. dorkultra

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    ^^ good point, will set a batch file in scheduler to have it defrag every couple of days

    yeah, i had the feeling it was just the drive taking a crap soon. it had the classic whine sound coming out of it for years...out of the blue it just happened. always good to backup
     
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    MBR?

    Might be the MBR is corrupt, but in worst case scenerio a $75 program called "Get data back" is exquisite in dealing with corrupt drives :)
     
  6. deusexaethera

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    This is the file I run on my servers at work. I run at at 3am every Sunday. It's called "unfrag.bat" and it sits in the root of the C: drive.

    date /t >> UnfragDates.txt
    defrag c: /v > FragReportC.txt <== repeat this line for each drive letter you want to defrag
    exit
     

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