DysfunktinaL Posted November 11, 2010 Share Posted November 11, 2010 Hi all,I am working on my girlfriend's system which crashed. She called me up when she first started to have problems and then called Dell after I told her not too... She told me they determined it to be a bad HDD after running some of the dell diagnostics. I brought her a new drive and was in the middle of booting the XP disk with the old drive removed and known good drive installed when it blue screened on me, in the middle of loading the XP installer....This has lead me to believe the problem resides elsewhere but has affected the drive. I took the drive back to my system and started to work on it and have since discovered the following:File system has been switched from NTFS to RAWleMultiple bad sectors (about 25 from what I saw)Corrupted MBRI tried using ZAR but as the MBR is shot it must discover the partitions, but after 30 minutes of running it had not even actually started the scan. Because the format got switched to RAW I can not run a chkdsk. The drive has 2 partitions; the (healthy) OEM partition that Dell uses to replace the CD's they used to normally send, and the system partition which is the one in question.When I try to access the drive from Windows (been working on it via Win7Ulti, XP Pro, and XP PE) it gives me the expected error of "Drive is not formated and must be formated before use". If I try to use cmd prompt to get into it I get an error "data error cyclic redundancy check".She of course has no back-up of her files on this disk and I know if I take a wrong turn the whole thing is shot with no chance of recovery.Here is the sad part... I work for Western Digital as a technician to the Firmware engineers, and am too embarrassed to bring in my girlfriend's Seagate drive (which she got before we got together) to see if any of my co-workers can give some insight.I'm looking for suggestions as to starting points as I am in a massive cache-22... I can't chkdsk because the drive is RAW, I can't convert from RAW back to NTFS because the MBR is bad, and I can't use the standard recovery software because it won't see the partition at all.Any insight would be great, and if I can fix this problem without the drag of bringing my competitor's drive into work I would appreciate it... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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