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Bad File Record Signature in my Hard Drive

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Please help I cannot access my E drive (ntfs file system) after checking with partition magic it says Bad File Record Signature  how can I fix this?
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by:willcomp
ID: 17059952
See this link:

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/powerquest.nsf/pfdocs/2004099357289962

Just asys to run chkdsk /r on drive.
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by:willcomp
ID: 17059958
Error correction:  chkdsk /f instead of chkdsk /r.  Although /r switch should also do the trick.
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by:SunBow
ID: 17063069
/f = "fix"
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by:willcomp
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/r = recover and includes /f by default

I'm so used to typing /r in responses that it was done out of habit.
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by:brokenlove
ID: 17065305
after restarting my pc the drive shows now as unallocated
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by:willcomp
ID: 17065671
Restarting or restarting after running chkdsk?
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by:Alan Henderson
ID: 17066921
Is E:\ drive a partition, a 2nd internal drive or is it an external drive?
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by:brokenlove
ID: 17076876
E: IS A DRIVE NOT A PARTITION
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by:Alan Henderson
ID: 17078419
Searching around, the consensus seems to indicate that if chkdsk /r doesn't work, you need to spend some money.

A free trial of Ontrack EasyRecovery would at least show you if your files are recoverable. But it's horrendously expensive to buy for a fix.
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/

Spinrite isn't so expensive and has a money back guarantee.
http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
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by:brokenlove
ID: 17090035
How can I perform Chkdsk on a vlume that is not allocated?
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by:willcomp
ID: 17091119
Try booting from XP (or W2K) CD and entering Recovery Console.  If you can access drive, run:
chkdsk /r
fixmbr
fixboot

If drive is still not accessible, time for file recovery software.  Highly recommend this one:

http://www.runtime.org/
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by:brokenlove
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Why do I have to use recovery software? my drive is ok but unallocated
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by:Alan Henderson
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Have you checked:
Start/All Programs/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management
If the drive appears there, allocate a drive letter.
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by:willcomp
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Unallocated - XP doesn't see any partitions on drive
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by:brokenlove
ID: 17095248
vallis

It is there but cannot be a signed a drive letter
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by:Alan Henderson
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When infuriating things like this happen to me I bite the bullet. If running all anti-malware programs and system file checker (sfc /scannow) don't work I open the box, clean everything and reseat connectors.
If none of that works I do a restoration from an image or a clean installation.
A repair installation may be worth a try before getting that drastic.
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by:willcomp
ID: 17095971
Your drive is not OK and a repair install will almost surely not work.  As stated earlier, unallocated means that XP does not see a partition on hard disk.  In order for a drive letter to be assigned, the drive must be partitioned and formatted.  It's quite possible you have a failing or failed hard disk.

Avenues available now are the Recovery Console commands provided earlier or data recovery software.  If drive is failing, the more you run drive; the less your chances of retrieving any data.
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by:brokenlove
ID: 17097891
OK I have solved the problem .

First step, I have changed the power suplly from a bad one 350 WAT to an expensive one with 500 wat . I have figured out that there is not enough power for 3 hard disks and 2 tv cards and other usb attached devices .

Second Step ,I figured out that my drive is ok , it is only amtter of some bits to be written by the stupid operating system for the drive to be reconised . I mad a quick format which will only say the drive is empt (am I right?) . Ok , then I mad a partitition same like before (the whole drive as a partition ) .

Third Step the dive was there but was empty (to my naked eyes) , but sure all my files are still there untouched . I used EasyRecovery Professional format recovery . It took only one hour and all my folders had been recovered

So no need to use Raw Recovery in EasyRecovery Professional .


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