12-18-2007, 03:53 AM
Join Date: Dec 2007
This is first time I am using this site, but I have read the instructions and hope some nice person can help…
Last week for absolutely no reason at all, I powered-up my 5 year-old laptop and was greeted with “Disk Read Error. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart”.
After trying that many times and searching the web for answers, I decided to try a Windows recovery from the Recovery Console.
And it worked.
Except that every single thing that was on my hard drive is gone. Files, Programs, Media – all gone.
I know what you’re thinking: “He formatted his harddrive”. But I didn’t!
When I was given the option in the Recovery Console to Format or just install without formatting, I chose the former but almost as soon as it started, I cancelled it. Then I reloaded the console and then chose to Install without formatting.
A full-format was never done. Could a short, cancelled format (less than 10%) wipe the whole drive?!
Maybe you can shed some light on this issue.
I’d appreciate it. Details of the system are below:
OPERATING SYSTEM (OS):
WIN XP on a COMPAQ PRESARIO 2100
- Were there recent crashes that could have caused this problem? NO
- Did you install new software recently? If this is the case: Which software? (Brand, version, build) NO
- Did you do any of the following:
- Run a scan with an updated anti-virus program? NO, I don’t have an antivirus program
- Run a scan with an updated anti-Trojan program? NO, don’t have one of those either!
- Run anti-spyware scans with at least two freshly updated anti-spyware programs? (If so, which ones?) NO, don’t have one of those either!