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Well, That's ... Geeky

There are three hard drives sitting in what will be the "office" (possibly darkroom) of the Studio which are problematical; some less so than the others.

All of them came out of used PC's that we acquired for Ruthie. She's over that, as I mentioned back in October she purchased herself a new PC. Or maybe it was September, doesn't matter.

The rather not so problematical drive is the one which ScanDisk, doing a surface scan to lock out bad clusters, delivers the message "... encountered a data error while reading root directory entry number 0." Right, then, as Bones would say to Kirk, "It's dead, Jim." Possibly I will be able to access it as a slave and salvage data.

The one I replaced it with, now, it delivers this message while booting: Stop: "0x00000024 (0x0019025E, 0x0EF033744, 0x0EF03339C, 0xBFF58D3C) NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM" and there's more about disabling anti-virus software (just how does one do this when one can't get the OS to run?) and such to get at the drive. It just hangs there.

While I am a geek, or a nerd, I'm not so much a tech. This one, also, I wonder will I be able to bypass the boot problem and recover data?

Then there's the one which came out of the Gateway Gift PC (the previous two were drives I purchased new). It is loaded with Win XP, and while booting hangs up with this message: NTLDR is missing

I guess I need to find out what the NTLDR is.

ETA (11/28/2005): yup, confirmed wht NTLDR is, it's what I suspected, and it looks less hopeful for that drive as anything other than a slave for data recover. Life is not boring.



Nov. 28th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
Re: Taking Things Backwards
You can try mounting the drive as a secondary drive, and see if you can just copy files from there. If you can do that, that's the easiest way to handle it.

If that doesn't work, I'd next try making a complete _image_ of the drive (at least the copyable bits), and then recovering data from there. There are a number of utilities that can do this, including Ghost,
RTT tools (which I have no direct experience with yet, but I think I will be ordering a copy and playing around with it sometime soon), I know that there are some freeware utilities to do this -- including the "dd" command which is available under Cygwin (for Windows) as well as under Linux.

The advantage to doing it this way is that you are no longer working with a drive that is failing underneath you. The disadvantage is that you may need to try this a couple of times, because some data might not be readable one time, and readable the next.

There are a few destructive techniques, which I'll mention later. (After you've tried the non-destructive techniques.)

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