Inaccessible Partition on a 250 Western Digital hard drive

GeeMoon
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I have a drive (Western Digital 250GB SATA) I was able to access. Then, I attempted to run Ghost to perform a backup image. It was at that moment I heard the drive clicking. I didn't get a chance to disable the active backup image - it just froze up.

There are 2 partitions on this drive, One I am able to access and one I can't (yes the one with valuable data). I can see the drive letter, but not able to open it. If I try, It wants me to format. Obviously the file structure is corrupted.

Is there anyway to grab the existing data off the bad partition?
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The safest would be to send the disk to a recovery agency and have the get your data from the disk for.

If your data isn't that valuable for that investment, scan it using getdataback, and if it sees your files, register it so you can copy the data to another location:

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noxchoIT Product Manager
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Run the suggested above GetDataBack on it. Or use PCInspector software which is also good in recovering lost data.
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Thank you for your quick response.

Here's what happened. I booted my 2003 Windows server with my faulty WD drive attached with the intention to download/excute 'GetDataback software'. My system defaulted to the bad drive upon booting, which in turn recognised the bad partition and executed a disc scan/repair. I decided to take a chance and let it run, especially since I didn't hear it clicking, like it did before. It ran for over an hour and stated that it failed. I figured that would be the case - I gave it a last ditch effort.

I booted to the 2003 server and proceeded to download 'RecoverMyFiles' software. While I was waiting for the download, I figured I would at least, see if Windows still saw the drive letter for the bad partition. To my surprise, I was able to open the drive and perform a straight copy of all the data I thought was lost. Yes....I got SO LUCKLY.

I am looking forward to using the software you suggested. I beleive I used something like that in the past, on a formated drive. I just couldn't remember what it was ,and was too stressed to figure it out....Thank YOU
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Next time be extremely careful with Windows chkdsk. It does very often make thing worse.
Gary CaseRetired
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"... I am looking forward to using the software you suggested. "  ==> NO !!!!

You do NOT want to use GetDataBack !!     Actually, it's an excellent program and is VERY good at recovering data from failed drives ... so why do I say you don't want to use it?    Now is an excellent time to rethink your BACKUP strategy ... and be sure you're always well-backed up.   Then when you have a failed drive, you simply replace it; copy the data from your backup; and you're ready to go :-)
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I agree, getdataback is a very good piece of software. But you should never get into the position of having to use it on your own equipment (or equipment you are in charge of). It should only be used on other's harddisks where you temporarily help out and the people in charge didn't take their backups seriously. You should also charge them a good amount for your services so they learn their lesson...

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