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Hello everyone, 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 responding. 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 faulty MBR. 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.

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Can you slave to 80GB drive and boot witht he old 40GB. Then maybe once you are in XP you can go to manage and use disk utliities there to pull up information or use partion magic to read the drive.

Just a guess without seeing the system, but before completely wiping the drive I would do that.

U can not change or install MBP and can not create pertition.

1. First you go to connect separate new cable for 2 HDD. Then you boot a hard disk where win-xp install. If the cable problem then solve.

2. If not solve then u install data recovery tools (i.e. paretologic data recovery, ontrack data recovery) and search that unknown partition and recover files.

3. If not solve then u install that hard disk to other computer if possible.

Three of them no.1 is very important.

There might be an error to your hard disk drive sectors. Basically, this error occurs when the particular sector is damaged and cannot store the files properly. Instead of displaying some errors, it just suddenly stopped.

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  • Mks3rd
    You could try rebuilding the boot sector. Do you have the Western Digital drive tool disk? Slaving it to another bootable drive may work and have you swapped cables to see if that may be the issue..just guessing as I cannot tell without seeing the results of your trials...good luck...
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  • Microsolve
    Thanks to all who have posted. I am puzzled by the apparent divergence of this thread into two sub-threads, so I will answer the same to both. I have tried the WD tools. The Windows diagnostics tool crashed Windows, and the DOS disk panicked as soon as it was run, instructing me to contact technical support, which I have now done. I will keep you posted on further developments. Thanks again to all who have posted. Mike
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  • PeterMac
    Will be very interested to hear how you get on with this. A lot of high capacity drives are supplied with manufacturer drivers that load from boot sector. These drivers usually perform some sector/track translations to get round limitations of older MB Bios. Running drive as a non bootable slave will have bypassed this feature, and probably corrupted drive beyond recovery. Running the fixMBR is likely to have destroyed the original drivers, and made the drive unbootable as well. Only people likely to be able to help on this are manufacturers who may be able to suggest some recovery options and supply software to recreate original boot drivers. Sorry to be so pessimistic, but had a similar problem with a drive a couple of years ago, and never did manage to recover anything from it.
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