Need to recover from dieing hard drive
Posted on 2006-11-25
I Have a sata 400gig hard disk which has gone bad. I had a backup of all but about 30gig of information that I had inadvetantly left off the backup schedule.
The disk can be seen in the BIOS but will not allow the OS to fully boot when it is attached even though it is not the boot drive. Tried in 2 different PC's and same problem.
I bought a copy of Spinrite which appears to be detecting and recovering the bad sectors near the start of the disk. Problem is it is taking hours and hours to do about 30 meg. I initially did a level 2 pass and it completed to the end (28 hours) and reported a number of fixes along the way. Problem was it still had the same issue and will not allow xp to boot when connected (PC hangs). Take it off and the pc boots again no problem.
I tried running the analysis again on level 4 and it came up with errors again at the start and then took hours again not getting very far at all. It seems that it may be getting bad again and again near the start. I have tried starting the level 4 analysis at say 25% and it runs through without errors.
Given I only want a small part of the disk back I don't really need to recover the whole thing. Additionally it seems that just the start of the disk is having repeating issues. What I need is a recovery program that can create a boot CD which I can boot from (As I cannot get into windows with the drive attached) and then allow me to selectively recover the files that I want hopefully avoiding the mess there seems to be at the beginning).
From researching posts I can't see such a program. I really don't want to have to leave this recovery going for what could be weeks on level 4 (yes really) when I need this data faster than that. I realise there are data recovery services however if at all possible I'd simply like to recover myself.
Frustrating that Spinrite can read all the data from say 25% but gives no options to copy off to any disk etc (with smarts to tie into the NTFS etc)...
Is there anything out there that can selfboot (no windows) and allow selective recovery of part of a disk?