Is my 4 day old HD dead? How can I salvage some of my info?
Posted on 2002-06-10
Hi. I'm in quite a situation here. Among putting in a GF4 and switching to my RAID ports, I think my brand new 80 GB Maxtor HD is dead. It, after drastic changes, would boot once, then give the same error again.
After many large ordeals, my computer kept giving the message "A disk read error occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart."
I finally became successful by using the XP Pro CD, going into system recovery/restore, then using CHKDSK /p. It "fixed the errors."
I booted up once fine, then on the reboot, I got the original "A disk read error occurred." I went back to XP CD, but this time CHKDSK said "This drive has unfixable errors."
I tried Norton GHOST, taking my old OS partition image and loading it on, and it booted. On the next reboot, however, I went back to square one.
I tried ghost again, but it would not write. I tried XP CD again, but it became a black screen halfway through bootup (during "Checking your hardware configuration") and nothing else happened. Same thing with MaxBlast. Partition Magic can still see the drive, however. I haven't tried to do anything with that yet.
I tried PowerMax for HD diagnostics, and both quick and advanced tests cleared perfectly. My drive is "certified error free." I ran a couple passes of Burn-ins and received no errors again.
I attempted to move my downloads partition over to my other drive so I could format on a low level, but it wouldn't copy over. It gave me the errors:
File record marked used, File 23
Cluster beyond end
Cluster beyond end
Is there any way I can save this partition? This has a lot of my important files on it, and I don't want to lose it.
All my fixes worked once, then never worked again. Is my HD dead? Here's my proposed plan of attack (the only things I can think of left to do). Please confirm or suggest.
1. Use Partition Magic to salvage anything I can/other partitions off of that drive. (How can I salvage my Downloads partition?)
2. Format that drive entirely clean on a low level.
3. Try putting stuff over again and see what happens. If it does it again, return it.
Thanks for all suggestions.