NDD Trashed Hard Drive

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I ran NDD in DOS mode on an older p-166 system with 2 hd's. Apparently
ez-drive was installed and ndd did not like it. The options were set
up to auto repair so NDD tried to fix the problem. From things got
hairy and I don't have notes as to the errors. The final result is the
two drives (C&D) dissapearing and dos telling me invalid system disk.
My guess is somehow the MBR or FAT got corrupted. The problem is that
I would like to recover the data on these drives. Is this possible? Is
there any free or reasonably priced resources out there? Thanks in
advance
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  1. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

    bigmike2001@msn.com (Mike) wrote:

    > I ran NDD in DOS mode on an older p-166 system with 2 hd's. Apparently
    > ez-drive was installed and ndd did not like it. The options were set
    > up to auto repair so NDD tried to fix the problem. From things got
    > hairy and I don't have notes as to the errors. The final result is the
    > two drives (C&D) dissapearing and dos telling me invalid system disk.

    Unfortunately, when NDD messes a drive, it does it majestically. What for did
    you run NDD? Was there anything wrong with the drives? Could the drive boot on
    its own before running NDD?

    > My guess is somehow the MBR or FAT got corrupted.

    Worse, they were rewritten by NDD with completely wrong information.

    > The problem is that
    > I would like to recover the data on these drives. Is this possible? Is
    > there any free or reasonably priced resources out there? Thanks in
    > advance

    Depending on how far NDD went with the changes it did to the drives, there might
    be a slim chance to recover data.

    You will have to conduct the recovery with the drive attached to a BIOS that can
    handle the disk's full capacity without the EZ-bios overlay, one drive at a
    time.

    Utilities that can be instrumental to the recovery process are RESQ, from
    www.resq.co.il/resq.php Read the online primer on disk recovery, on same page,
    before going any further.

    Regards, Zvi
    --
    NetZ Computing Ltd. ISRAEL www.invircible.com www.ivi.co.il (Hebrew)
    InVircible Virus Defense Solutions, ResQ and Data Recovery Utilities
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    All was well with the system, just needed mem upgd. Thought I'd do
    some general maintenance and ran Speeddisk. Would not run because it
    found errors and sugested running NDD. I have never had NDD do any
    major damage. It has always fixed problems not create them. Anyway, I
    think it's a bust. Resq looks like a nice option but I dont have the
    $$$ to purchase...My guess is that the eval will diagnose but not fix
    but will give it a try. I guess then I'll just blow my nose and move
    on.

    Zvi Netiv <support@replace_with_domain.com> wrote in message news:<2bkpf0pfcidmj5mnaff0jdab8qtpqc0935@4ax.com>...
    > bigmike2001@msn.com (Mike) wrote:
    >
    > > I ran NDD in DOS mode on an older p-166 system with 2 hd's. Apparently
    > > ez-drive was installed and ndd did not like it. The options were set
    > > up to auto repair so NDD tried to fix the problem. From things got
    > > hairy and I don't have notes as to the errors. The final result is the
    > > two drives (C&D) dissapearing and dos telling me invalid system disk.
    >
    > Unfortunately, when NDD messes a drive, it does it majestically. What for did
    > you run NDD? Was there anything wrong with the drives? Could the drive boot on
    > its own before running NDD?
    >
    > > My guess is somehow the MBR or FAT got corrupted.
    >
    > Worse, they were rewritten by NDD with completely wrong information.
    >
    > > The problem is that
    > > I would like to recover the data on these drives. Is this possible? Is
    > > there any free or reasonably priced resources out there? Thanks in
    > > advance
    >
    > Depending on how far NDD went with the changes it did to the drives, there might
    > be a slim chance to recover data.
    >
    > You will have to conduct the recovery with the drive attached to a BIOS that can
    > handle the disk's full capacity without the EZ-bios overlay, one drive at a
    > time.
    >
    > Utilities that can be instrumental to the recovery process are RESQ, from
    > www.resq.co.il/resq.php Read the online primer on disk recovery, on same page,
    > before going any further.
    >
    > Regards, Zvi
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    bigmike2001@msn.com (Mike) wrote:

    > All was well with the system, just needed mem upgd. Thought I'd do
    > some general maintenance and ran Speeddisk. Would not run because it
    > found errors and sugested running NDD. I have never had NDD do any
    > major damage.

    The Norton Utilities shouldn't be let to approach a drive running a boot
    overlay! Use Windows' native DEFRAG on these drives, never a third party
    defragger, especially not Speed Disk!

    > It has always fixed problems not create them. Anyway, I
    > think it's a bust.

    Our experience obviously differs. The use I make of NDD is demonstrating to
    trainees how to ruin a drive.

    > Resq looks like a nice option but I dont have the
    > $$$ to purchase...My guess is that the eval will diagnose but not fix
    > but will give it a try. I guess then I'll just blow my nose and move
    > on.

    Basic recovery with RESQ is free, only advanced disaster recovery requires
    registration. But I suspect that the damage inflicted by NDD got far beyond
    what you may call "basic"!

    Regards, Zvi

    > Zvi Netiv <support@replace_with_domain.com> wrote in message news:<2bkpf0pfcidmj5mnaff0jdab8qtpqc0935@4ax.com>...
    > > bigmike2001@msn.com (Mike) wrote:
    > >
    > > > I ran NDD in DOS mode on an older p-166 system with 2 hd's. Apparently
    > > > ez-drive was installed and ndd did not like it. The options were set
    > > > up to auto repair so NDD tried to fix the problem. From things got
    > > > hairy and I don't have notes as to the errors. The final result is the
    > > > two drives (C&D) dissapearing and dos telling me invalid system disk.
    > >
    > > Unfortunately, when NDD messes a drive, it does it majestically. What for did
    > > you run NDD? Was there anything wrong with the drives? Could the drive boot on
    > > its own before running NDD?
    > >
    > > > My guess is somehow the MBR or FAT got corrupted.
    > >
    > > Worse, they were rewritten by NDD with completely wrong information.
    > >
    > > > The problem is that
    > > > I would like to recover the data on these drives. Is this possible? Is
    > > > there any free or reasonably priced resources out there? Thanks in
    > > > advance
    > >
    > > Depending on how far NDD went with the changes it did to the drives, there might
    > > be a slim chance to recover data.
    > >
    > > You will have to conduct the recovery with the drive attached to a BIOS that can
    > > handle the disk's full capacity without the EZ-bios overlay, one drive at a
    > > time.
    > >
    > > Utilities that can be instrumental to the recovery process are RESQ, from
    > > www.resq.co.il/resq.php Read the online primer on disk recovery, on same page,
    > > before going any further.
    --
    NetZ Computing Ltd. ISRAEL www.invircible.com www.ivi.co.il (Hebrew)
    InVircible Virus Defense Solutions, ResQ and Data Recovery Utilities
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