A 20Gig SeaGate hard-drive of mine recently failed. It was the primary (OS) drive. I'm running with Windows 2000. The sequence of events were:
1) I booted up and a warning appeared saying that the OS was attempting to repair corrupted files. It worked through some files and then proceded to the standard windows environment.
2) Next time I booted up, it got a little way into the 'Windows Loading...' screen and hung.
3) Tried to reboot and didn't even recognise that drive was formatted.
4) I connected it to another computer and while on boot the BIOS could detect that it was formatted with the NTFS file system, Windows could not, and treated the drive as unformatted.
The drive is not making any strange sounds and is spinning normally (at least I can feel it spinning) when the power is connected.
I would like to recover what I can from the drive. It at all possible, without paying anything. Is there software I can download that will repair the FAT? Is that the problem? Am I just up the brown creek without a paddle?
Links to free utilities (and basic instructions) that will repair the drive enough to recover some data is what I am after.