Recovery of data from a failed hard drive (IDE)
Posted on 2003-12-09
My computer runs (or used to) on Windows XP on a small office LAN, for which my computer has functioned as the server for several years. I have a less than 3 year old hard drive in my computer and arrived at the office last week to find my computer screen (black) displaying NTLDR (or something like that): Fatal error reading Boot.ini. My hard drive has failed since that day and I am interested in attempting recovery of data from my recent failed Quantum Fireball IDE hard drive myself to avoid paying high recovery costs by a pro.
I began trying to research recovery of the data myself and found a downloadable NTFS program, which I have been unable to get to function properly when booting to DOS. I have also placed the failed drive in another computer's slave slot, but start up is very slow and attempting to view files on the failed drive through Windows Explorer is met with an "invalid parameter" error message.
If you can offer an suggestions or help, I would greatly appreciate it.