I have a Western Digital 800JB ATA 80GB 7200rpm drive that was
used for a time as a boot drive for WXPP.
It was replaced recently as a boot drive by a smaller
40GB drive, and the 80GB drive relegated to backup
duties (slaved to a CD drive on a 40-wire cable).
Before full transfer of all info from backup to
boot drive could be completed, drive stopped
The WXP disk utility indicated a
formatted drive of unknown format.
Partition Magic indicated a NTFS partition, but
greyed out most options.
WXP CD boot in recovery mode also unable to
read the partition, but the fixMBR utility indicated a
Mobo BIOS recognises the drive only when the
jumper is set to slave.
Booting the drive (as a slave) briefly displays the
WXP boot screen, then spontaneously reboots.
After running the WXP fixmbr utility, it will no
longer even display the WXP boot screen, displaying an
invalid partition error message, and Partition Magic
indicates a HPFS partition, which it cannot convert
back to NTFS.
Can anyone suggest a way to recover the data and/or the drive? It is still under warranty, but the data is more important than the drive warranty!
Thanks in advance.