Access / Repair disk partitions on a Vista drive

Posted on 2009-12-24
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
1 - My son's computer under Vista does not boot anymore, and repair with a Vista CD does not seem to work either.
2 - I have removed the disk, placed it in an external/USB box
3 - When I plug this in my own Vista computer, Windows Explorer freezes then ask to reformat the partitions it sees. Therefore it sess some partitions, right?
4 - If I launch the admin / disk before connecting, then place the USB, I see the 3 partitions on the disk, but they look unformatted unformatted

Any suggestion on some utility or procedure that would help me to get access to these lost partitions?
Question by:fibo
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    Maybe try plug that drive directly into your computers motherboard with a SATA/IDE cable. Try it and see if you get the same result just to isolate that its not an external enclosure problem.

    For the data recovery you can use  GetDataBack available in the link below. It has a trial version which will allow you to see if that data is really recoverable.

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    GetDataBack to see if the files are there.

    Also look at PCInspector and Recuva

    Both are free.

    I'd try GetDataBack.  If it sees your files then try the free ones.  If they work you save money.
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    Connect the drive back to original PC. Then download this free tool:
    Execute the downloaded file and let it burn itself to CD\DVD.
    Boot the PC with failed drive from this CD.
    Find there File Transfer Wizard and if it does browse your partitions copy out the data to external HDD.
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    Thx for your suggestions, which I take note for a similar problem.

    Seems that the hard disk is damaged though, since its status fluctuates on both the original and my computer, and since it is not even possible to "initialize" the disk because its visibility is fluctuating.

    So I will buy a new disk and reinstall. Sigh!

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