I have a Maxator Serial ATA 80G drive It has worked without fault for 5 months. While scanning drive with Spybot the system (XP Pro) rebooted, on boot system hung attempt to boot in safe mode dumped filenames to screen (no error message).
Disk was removed a new one installed (not S-ATA) and windows installed.The bad disk was reinstalled as second drive Bios resognises disk ok, windows recognises intermitantly (reboot its there, reboot its not currently not ), when recognised attempt to access reports not formatted, chkdsk reported many errors and did not complete as it wanted me to use /f option I did not want to.
I have tried several "demo" versions of recovery programs, R-studio, Active @undelete, Stella for ntfs, lots of errors but not real progress toward recovering some data. Stella cant even see the drive (assume as windows cant). I have tried to create a disk image but I dont have a disk big enough to hold the file created.
Any advice all I need to retrieve is a directory of images that ws not backed up, and my MP3 archive (although I can always re-rip my CD's,) its about 5Gb if photos I cant replace.