Hard drive no longer recognised

Posted on 2006-04-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-03

Bit my own fault this, but hopefully someone can help.

While trying to ghost a copy of a hard drive to a server using a custom script i managed to accidently use the wrong script which tried to put an existing image back onto the hard drive OOPS!!

Now the drive is not recognised by any pc and i need some data from it.  It was a windows 2000 pro NYFS volume. Any ideas?
Question by:rrustean
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    Ghost writes at the sector level, not the windows file system level, so the image has probably overwritten all your original setup, and if it went to completion, I doubt you can recover any original data from the drive.  You could try getdataback at, see if it can see what you want, but I doubt it.  Sorry.
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    i suggest clearing your disk with one of these (select a write 0 on the drive) :

    this will also give you the status of the drive.
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    Hello rrustean

    It's not clear if you mean the drive isn't recognised by the BIOS or not.  If it's not recognised by the BIOS then you'll probably need professional help to retrieve the data.  If it's recognised by the BIOS but can't be read from within an OS, you may want to try booting from a Knoppix CD or similar, and see what you can/can't read.  There is always the "dd" utility for making sector copies of drives.

    Steve :)
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    I'd reccomend, if you can afford to lose all the data on the drive, to remove all partitions, create new ones, and start anew.

    While data may be recoverable, I would find it too time consuming or expensive to bother.

    Instead, I'd start from scratch.

    To do this, I'd reccomend either:
        A. Wiping it using windows setup (Boot from an install CD);
        B. Booting to a different installation of windows.

    If you choose A: Boot from the CD, Choose install windows,  Delete all partitions on the drive, (Highlight the drive, press 'd', follow prompts), then either create new partitions, or choose the unpartitioned space, and format/install windows.

    If you choose B: From a 2K/XP boot, Start --> Run --> Type 'diskmgmt.msc' (without the quotes) --> Click Run. Right click the different partitions on the disk; delete. Then Go ahead and create new partitions and format them, if that's what you choose to do. Then proceed with installing windows or whatever it is you choose to do with the disk.

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    I hope the drive comes back to Life!

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