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Barracuda 7200.7 problem

Posted on 2006-12-01
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Hi,
the above drive is partitioned into 3: C, F and G. All NTFS. I use the C drive for Windows for easy reinstallation. It was partitioned with Partition Magic 8.

The drive F started to freeze up every now and then and I could not complete the defragmentation process(failure of doing so ever was probably the reason it started freezing). So I decided to reinstall windows and then copy the data I need to keep from that drive and then format it fully. When installing the Windows Setup CD could not find this drive( it is shown in BIOS and Windows starts loading reaching and hanging at the log in screen). I have reinstalled windows on a spare hard drive instead which I am using now and I am trying to recover the data from the broken drive.

When I connect both the old windows installation seems to take over, because it freezes at the log in screen. I have tried clearing the bios too but no change.

I have also used the rescue program provided by PM8 package, which is a DOS version of their program where I have the options of deleting/formatting/creating partitions. In which the drive shows up but all operations fail on it. I can also get to the DOS command prompt if I just load the Caldera DOS from the first floppy but am unaware of my possibilities there.

Can anyone point me to the right direction?

Thanks in advance,
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by:arnold
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Your drive was dying.  You best bet is to get getdataback from http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm and try as quickly as possible to get the data off.  You can also try the acronis migrate utility http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/migrateeasy/.  You should not waste any more time.  unplug the barracuda install either or both packages.  reboot with the barracuda attached and image away.
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by:Guirut
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I formatted the C: drive with the DOS PM8 and was able to load the fresh windows with the broken hard drive attached to it. I can see all the partitions, but when I try to copy files it fails.

I have tried the demo of the getdataback, but the system freezes.
I am trying to start PM8 now but it seems to have stopped responding. I was able to open it earlier and try to scan for errors, but it crashed then.
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C, F and G are partitions on the same drive based on the information you originally posted.  This drive seems to be dying either because of the media or the drive's circuit board.  You're best bet at recovering the data is to install a brand new drive and install the OS on it.  Then Attach this baracuda drive and attempt to get the data off as quickly as possible.  When you try to copy data while booting from the C partition on the same drive, there are simultaneous requests that the drive deals with: Those for the operating system requests and those for the F partition.
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