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Old 09-09-2006, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default Help - My D Drive is Corrupted!!

Thank goodness I have my laptop because my desktop has locked up and is useless.
Says that the D drive is corrupted. I have a lot of pics stored on it. About 3 years of family pictures.
Is there a way to recover them Please tell me I can.

I hope I will be able to reformat and save the computer from death.

For some insane reason, when I first formated it new, I partitioned the hard drive into three equal 20 GB C, D and E drives.
C has all the operating devices.
D has all the programs and files.
E has all my music.

If I reformat I will create just one 60 GB drive.

Can any of you computer guru'* help me out with some advice, Please.
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Old 09-09-2006, 11:47 PM   #2
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do you have another PC to try the drive in?

the PC still runs and works off the C drive? but its the same harddrive?
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I'll get Joel, he may be able to help
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do you have another PC to try the drive in?

the PC still runs and works off the C drive? but its the same harddrive?
I have a laptop only. What do you mean ...try the drive in?

The PC still runs but verrrrry slow off the C drive.
I can eventually go into start and explore but it soon locks up and doesn't do anything.
I've rebooted several times and when it goes into check disc it gives me the warnings and corrupt info before starting Windows XP.

Yes it only has one hard drive but it'* partitioned into 3 equal drives.
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first thing. leave the computer off as much as you can, the more you use it the worse it can get sometimes depending on whats wrong.

Theres not much the i can do from this far away :( but if someone neer by tou can take the hard drive out and hook it up to another PC they may be able to read the drive and get yor files off. Only other way is to get a recovry programe but they cos ALOT! or go into DOS and try to copy files the Old way but thats a Big PITA if you never done it befor. :(
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prob ment see if you had another PC to try the Hard drive in, some case you can hook up the drive as a slave in a second PC and try and read it (if it'* XP or NT and formated in NTFS you just about have to boot into windows to read the drive if it was 98 you could boot from a floppy and try and read the drives (fat or fat32) - if it reads ok in another PC the windows system might be messed up or the PC itself has something wrong. if the drive itself is messed there are some software packages that will try and recover the drive info (not always 100%) or if you willing to pay more there are companys that will recover the data.
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I have it turned off now and plan on bringing it into the local computer shop on Monday to see if they can recover and reformat.

Thanks for giving me some hope that I can save my pictures.

When I try to explore the D drive, I can't, but the other partitioned drives are accessible.

BTW, the D drive was almost completely full up to its capacity ...like 18 GB before this happened.
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So the general process is to boot off some other drive, this can also mean using a different [working] computer entirely, hooking up your drive as an extra [not booted from] drive, and try to do a recovery of your data.

This is probably a good time to mention that this is why everyone with data that you don't want to lose should have some sort of regular backup plan. You'll never be as big a believer in backing up until you lose all your important stuff. It helps to remind yourself of this whenever you do your regular backups, because it never seems very important any other time.
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It sounds like the fat table got corrupted, maybe by a few bad sectors. It should be mostly recoverable but it will cost you. Theres a few decent free programs ot there that handle retrieving images from corrupted drives and they work great.
Keep us posted on how the computer shop made out for ya.
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It'* at the Computer shop now.
I'll let you guys know what happens. :(
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