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Old 02-12-2010, 07:33 PM   #1
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I have an HP laptop with a seeminlgy dead Seagate SATA hard drive. It won't boot and fails disk diagnostics with read errors.
I pulled the drive, put it in a drive docking statiion with USB conected to a known good Windows XP system. When it comes up ( I don't hear any clacking noises) It show up under Computer Management as two partitions: the main boot partition C: and the recovery partition. I can't access the boot partition but I can access the recovery partition just fine. I REALLY need to recover the data off the boot partition if at all possible. I'm new to this forum and any help is greatly appreciated. The owner of this laptop has got to make his payroll for 40 employees in 4 days! Yes, the data is on this lost c: partition, and YES: the data is not backed up!
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Old 02-12-2010, 08:12 PM   #2
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OK, then lets do the simplest safest thing to try to recover this. Download the demo of r-studio and scan the drive see if it can find the files you need. If it does then output them to another disk, replace this and move on. The read errors could be a sign of physical failure.
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Hello, thanks for the help. I installed R-Studio Demo version, the drive showed up as the two partitions, the boot partition, an the recovery partition. When I do a scan of the boot partition all I get are Read errors with Cyclic Redundancy check 23. I guess the drive is physically damaged. The 1st sector, the MBR, is readable; the last 2 bytes being the signature word 0x55AA. I really appreciate your help.
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