how to recover data on a scsi disk following boot crash?

Posted on 2003-03-04
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Last Modified: 2010-04-03

I have this atlas IV scsi disk which used to be a c:
drive. Last week following a series of blue screens
I got boot error stating that the loader could not locate
the os (or something to that effect).

I guess that during one of the blue screen somehow the
boot, partition or format information on the disk was

Now I have installed a new c: drive which is IDE but I
kept the "old" scsi drives. Now I have 3 drives plugged in.
One IDE upon which I boot and 2 scsi...
But only one of which is recognized by disk admin utility
of windows 2000. Of course it is NOT the scsi disk I want.
The onw I would like to recover data from is that other
one which is NOT recognized by windows 2000... Yet when
I enter the adaptec AHA-2940 config utility I see that
there is indeed 2 scsi disk, and the size information is

This leads me to conclude that maybe if I could rewrite
the old partition information over the lost scsi drive
maybe I could see my data again ???

So in desperation I turn to you. Is there any way to
recover the data on the disk (which was NTFS by the way)???
Any miracle software? Any solution? Any hope at all?

Question by:aquila98
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Expert Comment

ID: 8064318
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Author Comment

ID: 8064641

I tried all of the free ones and some demo from the not free..

None of them were able to see the "missing" scsi drive!
I guess I need some software that "talks" directly to the
scsi interface and not the OS since even in disk administrator
I do NOT see the defective yet present and functional scsi

I am pretty sure if I did a low level format of the scsi
disk from the adaptec scsi config utility THEN windows 2000
would see it in disk administrator... but of course by then
I'd have lost all my data :(

Maybe from adaptec there is some utility????

thanks for all this links.


Accepted Solution

heskyttberg earned 800 total points
ID: 8064874

If you can't even see the drive itself in the disk manager of the OS something is wrong.

If you boot a Win98 DOS boot can u see both scsi drives in fdisk.

Unplug the IDE drive when booting the floppy.

If not there are a few things to try.

1. Make sure both SCSI devices has diffrent ID.
2. Make sure SCSI card itself has ID 7.
3. Unplug working SCSI drive, put not detected SCSI drive on that connector on the cable and boot win98 floppy. Run fdisk to see if you can see device.
4. Make sure last HD on the cable has auto terminstion on, or use a cable that has a terminstaion at the end.
5. Make sure the card itself terminates on that end.

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Author Comment

ID: 8065457

I am having problem with my boot disk!
I downloaded from www.bootdisk.com a dos 6.22 boot disk
I also downloaded the adaptec aha-2940 dos driver and
when I try to boot from the diskette only drive A:
is available! Not even c: the IDE drive shows up :(

Probably something wrong in the config.sys/autoexec.bat
I'll try and have a look asap and when I get it fixed
I'll run fdisk and see what drives get listed...

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Expert Comment

ID: 8067912
I suggest you either sacrifice it all or get serious for a change, this is serious business maintaining a system, and you (sorry to say) do not seem ready. I suggest you are vulnerable to running too many products, with elevated priveleges, that can do serious harm to system. So, suggestion, slow down a little.

> a series of blue screens
I got boot error stating that the loader could not locate
the os (or something to that effect).

the Blue generally means hardware, for example, trashed disk. Get new one. Move on. The Loader text means that it is mere problem on filesystem.

> maybe if I could rewrite the old partition information over the lost scsi drive maybe I could see my data again ???

No way. that one works anyway, as evidenced by your error message.

> data on the disk (which was NTFS by the way)???
> I downloaded from www.bootdisk.com a dos 6.22 boot disk

You answered own question, namely, MS-DOS cannot read NTFS disk. That is for NT_family of OS, not even for Win9x!

> Probably something wrong in the config.sys/autoexec.bat

Nope. Are you sure you'd not rather run Win9x? That is Windoze OS for those MS_DOS files.

btw, lest you forget, many learn to solve problems by first making mistakes, and I own that I've made more than my share of those. I had the BSOD on my NTFS and it took me nearly 24 hrs to fix, and I had some local company experts help to fix it and it just got worse and worse, ending in RedScreenOfDeath. I was recommended PartitionMagiq tools to fix = no help. The final fix for me was something called Nuts&Bolts. But I'll not recommend it just yet.

I think your best next step is Windoze utility. Try the repair/recover options off the Install CD.  While its never fixed anything for me, your case appears to fit its capabilities, and to have the thread go on without even trying it, well, I dunno.

Answer: Use NT's repair facility. Try the one off the install diskettes, or CD.


Author Comment

ID: 8073164
I tried some tests along those you descibe.
First I unplugged the IDE drive (C from wich I boot)
and activated the bios on the adaptec card.
Then i fiddle with the drives removing all but one.
hen I change the scsi id and boothe, and I started adding
drives... Up until I got an error from the controller
saying that there was a bad cable!
i change the cable and continued. When I added the last drive
there was a scan timeout. Turns out the adapter from scsi
65 pin to 50 was defective. Instead, I place this 50 pin
scsi alon on the second controoler on the card and now I was
able to see all my drives from dos :)

Except the second partition on the failed disk was still
unmounted. I tried fdisk and somehow I got to see this
partition avec fix it so it was recognized by the os.

I am now hapilly transfering my files from the "lost"
partition to another disk. Afterward I'll format it anew
and I hopt I will be able to use it again safely.

Thanks a lot

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