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    Hi,

    I try to help local people with their PC's and someone on my local FreeCycle Yahoo group asked for help with a PC that wouldn't boot (XP Home), she's fine with a rebuild which I can easily do but she hoped to get some valuable photos off it, the only copies she had.

    So I test the PC and it doesn't boot as expected, I removed the drive and put it in my SATA docking station, detected fine with main partition visible but when I click on it I get ...

    F:\ is not accessible

    The file or directory is corrupt and unreadable

    Any ideas as I'd really like to save this woman's data before I go ahead and trash the system?

    One thing I will try is a rebuild without trashing but that's a last resort, I need to try some less intense stuff first so advice welcome.

    Kyu
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    Re: Partition Recovery

    Tried repairing the filesystem with chkdsk? Keep in mind that it's likely that some if not all files will not be recoverable even if you repair the filesystem, depending on which part of the disk is damaged. I would also suggest replacing the disk - in my experience the most common cause of this fault is a head crash or other physical problem, and it was probably time for an upgrade anyway

    In any case, explain to your client the value of backing their stuff up.
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    • #3
      Re: Partition Recovery

      Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
      Tried repairing the filesystem with chkdsk? Keep in mind that it's likely that some if not all files will not be recoverable even if you repair the filesystem, depending on which part of the disk is damaged. I would also suggest replacing the disk - in my experience the most common cause of this fault is a head crash or other physical problem, and it was probably time for an upgrade anyway
      CHKDSK? Hadn't thought of that but yes, I can "see" the partition even if I can't access it so it might have an affect, on another forum someone suggested something called "Recuva" (a free partition recovery tool).

      As for upgrading, yeah maybe, but freecycle is about recycling stuff and in this case that means my time & effort so spending actual money isn't really what she would want (she' s got no money anyway).

      Kyu
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      The Abyssal Void War: Stars, Hide Your Fires

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      • #4
        Re: Partition Recovery

        OK,


        Suggestions I've had so far are CHKDSK, PC Inspector and Recuva.

        Do you see any issues with any of these and what order do I try them in (some may be more destructive than others).

        My best guess would be:

        1. CHKDSK (what harm can it do?)
        2. PC Inspector (since it accesses files rather than the whole partition)
        3. Recuva (partition recovery)
        4. Rebuild (without trashing the partition)

        Any others thoughts?

        Kyu
        J C Rocks (An Aspiring Author's Journey)
        The Abyssal Void War: Stars, Hide Your Fires

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        • #5
          Re: Partition Recovery

          Try rstudio, works very well.

          http://www.data-recovery-software.net/
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          • #6
            Re: Partition Recovery

            I've had pretty good result with "getdataback", there are two versions - 1 for FAT and 1 for NTFS.

            http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm
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            • #7
              Re: Partition Recovery

              Unfortunately both of those cost and I'm doing this job fro someone at no cost (so no profit)

              Kyu
              J C Rocks (An Aspiring Author's Journey)
              The Abyssal Void War: Stars, Hide Your Fires

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              • #8
                Re: Partition Recovery

                Googling helps
                I googled "open source recovery software"
                http://www.g-loaded.eu/2006/12/08/mo...ecovery-tools/
                cheers
                Andy

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