Drive failure imminent, trying to save a little data
Posted on 2007-11-17
I recently moved and during the move, my only casualties were the two data drives in my media center PC. One SATA drive snapped it's SATA connector off, but super glue fixed that. The other drive must have some internal damage.
Upon boot, I got the windows consistancy check message and I let it check. The check went on for days, but finally ended up making it through step 1 and 2 with a list of things it found. After step 3 however the process finally locked. Although the message says:
Security descriptor verification completed.
But the system locks there. I power cycled and let it check again, steps 1 and 2 fly by, but locks at that security descriptors complete message again.
If I skip the check, then windows runs VERY slow and the drive is constantly being pegged. The drive shows up, but cannot be accessed.
I have a couple data recovery programs, but they don't see the drive.
I know this drive is toast, but I'm wondering if there isn't some trick to trying to at least read it for a bit. The check disk was able to do step 1 and 2, so it can't be completely dead yet.
Thanks in advance!