Hard Disk Partition


I have a very peculiar problem. It started with my hard disk developing some bad sectors and has now resulted in my Hard Disk Partition being locked. The size of the Hard Disk partition is about 3 GB and it had about 1 GB free when the problem occured. At present the system is unable to write to the Hard Disk, it is only able to read from it and the partition shows up to have a 0 bytes size ! The second Partition is working absolutely fine !

The main problem is that i have all my Windows system files and a lot of sensitive data on the HDD partition and I dont want to reinstall it on another HDD.

If you can, I would be very grateful for any help that you can provide.

HDD Details :

MAXTOR 20GB HDD (Model No : Unknown)
Yrs in service : 2
Total Partitions : 17/3

Thank You
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Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
I think you should slave this drive to another system, and then try one of programs on the list you can find at => http:Q_20595413.html


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You should stop writing to that disk immediately and work your way though the data recovery software LucF referred you to.
First off, is this disk a SCSI disk?  If so, you may be having a problem similar to one I was having some time ago.  Check the contact of the WP jumper.  

If no, go to those Data Recovery utilities.  If you choose not to embark on that journey alone, check out these guys.  They are unbelievably fast and helpful, and they don't charge a grip like some of the bigger guys.


I think they even have some utilities in their download section if you are interested.
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Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Any feedback please...
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
again, any feedback please. Have you tried any of the suggestions we gave you??
tryingtohelpAuthor Commented:
Sorry guys, just got a nw HDD today. HAvent been online for a while. Anyway, thanks for the tips but what i really want to know is why it all happened ? Most of the data is gone and I knew it when I posted heer,  I want to know what caused the problem so I can prevent it from reoccuring!
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Why the "C" grade??

>what i really want to know is why it all happened ?
probably a corrupted MBR, don't know how to prevent that.

Could have been a virus, power surge, media failure, bad karma, flaky disk controller, bad power supply, gremlins...
Hard drives fail. Having only one copy of anything you hold near and dear is tempting fate.
Keep an eye on your event logs for disk errors.
oh, and backup!
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
> bad karma <= that must be it!! ;-)
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