HD FAILURE: Data error (cyclic redundancy check) !!!

hey all, this weekend my hard drive seemed to die. It had A LOT of information on there and i need to get it back asap. What i did was i tried to load it onto another machine as a slave drive, and when i would go to the command prompt and cd to that drive i would get

Data error (cyclic redundancy check)

When you go to my computer and try to open up the drive, it wants to format it. It says that there is 100% free space on it, but there shouldn't be. how do i fix this? thanx all!!!!

engineroom

p.s. i'm running win2k
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
if you are unable to retrieve the data when the drive is installed as slave, then you are in a bad situation.  some drive failures make it impossible to retrieve data (unless you go to a data retrieval expert, and that is thousands of dollars).
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
if he is unable to access the drive when it is installed as slave, how will a program/application be able to do data recovery?
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willcompCommented:
Data recovery programs access the hard disk in RAW mode.  They are usually at least partly successful if drive is recognized in BIOS.

Windows requires a drive with intact partitions and formatting to logically access it.
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engineroomAuthor Commented:
I'm running the runtime program now and it DOES see the drive. I see it reading off som of the content on the drive. So, hopefully everything works out. i'll keep you guys posted.
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Booda2usConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hello engineroom, put your hard drive in a static bag and put it in the freezer for an hour or so. Take it out and connect it to your Pc and immediately transfer your data to another drive....Hope this helps....Booda2us
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mutley69Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Let the drive cool down for a few days - never put the drive into the freezer - if you get condensation it may ruin the electronics!
Then give it a try with the recovery tool of your choise. I even did recovery's in the past - with folder/folder copy's. (i only had the posibility of one try a day due to a heat problem with the disk...

Probably you lost the partition info - that's no real problem for recovery software - it may be that you had a head crash (let's hope this is not the case)...
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Booda2usCommented:
Engineroom, I have used this technique 4-5 times and it has worked everytime.Put some moisture pack inside bag with HD if you're paranoid...Booda2us
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engineroomAuthor Commented:
Thanx all, the drive is dead. Thanx for all your help everyone.
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