Hard Drive IDE-0 OK ?

Posted on 2003-03-12
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Last Modified: 2010-04-03
Hi. I am having a serious problem with my hardDrive if anyone can help me I would really appericate him with good points. Last night I turned on my Windows XP pro machine (Fat32). I loged in but I was unable to see the DeskTop Icons. Start menu, in other words there was only a Blank Background Image and no windows contents. I rebooted me Computer Twice and after that I was stuck on the Boot up screen. thats what the Bootup screen says
"Booting from IDE-0 OK....."
Then it just stops there does nothing. I still can detect my 15GB hardDrive through cMos. I unpluged the Hard Drive and Pluged it in with my other Computer to Save my data but I was shocked. when I saw my hard Drive as "Drive D" on other box I was not able to open it. When I try to open it it says "You need to format your disk hit ok".
Now I dont know  what to do.I tried XP auto-Repair already nothing helped. You guys think my Hard Drive is crashed or is there any other solution for this? Please Please Help me out I have important files in my hard Drive.
Thank You in Advance.
Question by:Saqib Khan
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Expert Comment

ID: 8122444
Did you try to go back to a prior checkpoint within XP ?
I have noticed times with XP that multi booting when a problem occurs seems to be worse.  When I have reverted back to a prior successful checkpoint, things worked fine.
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Author Comment

by:Saqib Khan
ID: 8122758
pratigan , Thats the Problem I am stuck with what I have I can not make any changes because I can not see my hard Drive somehow its demaged or infected I am not sure.
Thanks CrazyOne , I am gonna give it a Try.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8126358
If this is invected by virus - it could damage fat allocation table. If that happened - your  datas are still with good condition. You need plug in your "damaged" hdd to other computer with OS and start recover data ex. by EasyRecovery - it works good, and it is simple to use.

Expert Comment

ID: 8127193
AOA Adil,

Adil try to use Partition magic 7.0 dos based version other if it gives you error 113 then definitely your FAT is in trouble it will give you the message. It is just for checking and if it goes without error then you can see your partition summary graphically. On the other hand you can run NDD to recover lost partition. simply boot your machine from clean 98 and then run NDD Dos based.

Try and Good Luck

Expert Comment

ID: 8127885
You don't say if you ever used the xp repair disc's to
repair the hard drive.  also you don't say if you ever recieved what is refered to as the blue screen of death.  as an nt based operating system requires three files that are written to the hard drive that contain
the information which allow the machine to boot.

Expert Comment

ID: 8133819
try norton disk doctor (as adnan says). If this doesnt work, there are some pro services out there that could recover your files (if its too important, spend the bucks). good luck!
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Author Comment

by:Saqib Khan
ID: 8134103
To Adnan and Spectrum, How Would Run a Norton Service or Anti Virus? I mean I cant even Reach my hard Drive. I tried connecting my hard Drive with my other box as Primary SLave I was able to see my Drive and I tried to Run the "Scan Disk" but I keep getting error "You need to format your Disk". So How Would I run any Task. If I try to do it through Dos I cant even see my Drive Files it gives me an Error.

Expert Comment

ID: 8134124
its very possible the drive has died, dead - no more

as crazyone said, use the disk utility relevant to your hard disk, and see if it can repair the disk, its pretty certain you havelost your data. the only thing that can save this - if it isnt "dead" is either a disk repair utility (i think nortons utilities have a bootable cdrom tool for this) or a low-level format.

i put my guess on a dead drive and its time to spend some cash
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Accepted Solution

CrazyOne earned 900 total points
ID: 8134177
Yeah either the disk is bad or the file system is corrupted.

If the disk can be accessed then one of these should help you get your data back.

Take look at these.


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I believe this is free
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Expert Comment

ID: 8134989
Heh, just open your case and unplug the connections to the HD, blow them out and reconnect them firmly. Try booting.

Take basic anti-static measures, particularly if unsure on this kind of thing.
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Author Comment

by:Saqib Khan
ID: 8136700
I will be trying these solutions this weekend. Time to spent cash to get a new Drive is not a big Deal but Losing my precious Data is.
Lets see what works.Thank You

Expert Comment

ID: 9664415
out of curiosity, is this still an issue for you?

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Author Comment

by:Saqib Khan
ID: 9664438
I purchased a new HD, Lost data.

Expert Comment

ID: 9664450
okay, just had a suggestion if it was.



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