In using a bench system to salve a notebook drive to check its consistency, my primary master drive went south and is intermittently being seen by the system's BIOS. However, it suddenly will not self-boot. This is after using a bootable Spinrite 6.0 CD.
The Primary master is an IDE, while the slaved drive is a SATA.
The SATA drive's data is totally accessible, however its Windows Vista will not fully boot up in the notebook, nor can it see the recovery image (hence not allowing a full recovery from the image).
Now I have the possibility that both my intended fix of the SATA -and- the main HD of the bench system may both need to be replaced, or at least reconstructed. It is still possible that the SATA drive only needs its 1st partition fixed, but I yield to the expertise of my fellow EExperts.