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My HDD crashed.

I can't see the master table. boot partition is not recognizable as FAT32/NTFS.

Are there any tools out there to recover the data.
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by:meko72
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Use your Win XP CD and go into recovery console. Once there and your at the command prompt type

fixboot c:

Here is a link with all of the recovery commands.


http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/recovery_console_cmds.mspx?mfr=true
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by:meko72
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Im sorry Use your Windows 7 DVD to go into the recovery.
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by:fstinc
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already did that - no luck
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by:noxcho
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Download this free CD: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-express/download.html
Execute the exe file and let it burn CD. Then boot the machine from this CD - select Safe or Normal mode - start there File Transfer Wizard and see if you are able to see the content of your HDD. If yes then copy it to your external drive.
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by:RootsMan
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Your drive may have some correctable errors that once fixed may solve your problem. Try using SpinRite.
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by:meko72
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First and foremost check to see if your isnt bad if its not then try  recovery mode and run Fixmbr and I would also run chkdsk afterwards
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by:fstinc
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Hi guys. unfortunately none of the above worked. i guess my drive is completely dead.
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Try booting from a Live Disc, like Parted Magic, or KNOPPIX, or Ubuntu, to see if you can access the drive. If you can then the drive may have some correctable errors that once fixed may solve your problem.
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by:noxcho
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Connect the drive to working machine as slave and see if BIOS detects this drive. If it does then the drive is not dead.
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by:thekguyBlazer
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Try a Low Level Format on the drive.
Connect it to a working Computer/laptop with a Sata/IDE(depends on drive) To Usb converter and use this :
Low Level Format Download Link
The drive should be visible to the program.
Then start the low level format. It will take approximtely 1hr.
The drive should now work, but there is no chance of recovering the data.
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by:thekguyBlazer
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My above solution should only be followed as a last resort. After a Low Level Format it is impossible to recover any data at all.
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