Recovery Hard Drive NTFS: Possible MBR & File Structure Issue
Posted on 2007-08-12
My computer no longer boots. IF will hangs on the white cursor after the HP Cmos screen of <esc> Choose Alternative Boot, <F1>Setup(Cmos), <F10> HP Recovery (does not work).
From this point on, I have real no clue on recovery or even reclaiming the Hard Drive. I know I am certain I do not have a Virus. Prior to the computer issue, my computer was hanging in the morning. My computer does hang after no activity over night some times. I had to turn off the computer and turn it back on. It would not work on normal mode because the display resolution was out of sync. I went to safe mode to try restore to previous state and change to lower display resolution. I reboot it and then next time it did not boot the white cursor.
I believe (Master Boot Record)MBR could be damage and definitely file structure. My primary interest is recovery the data or backup the data. I am in the process of prepare Hiren's USB Boot Drive.
I am some what familiar with the Hiren's Boot disc utilities on simple utilities but not familiar on data recovery.
I talked to HP and their quote, "all is lost, just reformat the hard drive." Nothing I can do about data recovery. Sound typical of HP Computer Support.
This computer I typing this question is older computer. Also, I have 2 External Hard Drive with USB 2.0/Firewire connections. Running Windows XP Service Pack 2 with updated with all the recent patches.
Beside the following 2 choices:
A)All Data Lost, Just Format
B)Find some way to Recovery from someone help here
I thought if possible the 3rd choice:
C)Install Another Hard Drive with boot and have the damage data drive as secondary.