Hello and thanks to all who read and reply... I had a working 200gb Maxtor drive, 7200rpm, 8mb cache, ata133. I was ripping a dvd at full rez which is 1.3mb a frame with 30 frames a second, so basically a 2 hour dvd takes up 100gb. The program I used was unspecific with the size and time so I ended up with roughly 25, 35, and 45gb video clips. Now I know this was stupid, those who read this are wondering how I got 15 times the ammount of data out of a dvd, well forget that cause I know what I did wrong. After I had the dvd in 3 chunks on the drive with a little more than 10gb left to spare I was able to play them in WMP fine. I proceded to shut down and breifly saw an error message for the 'X': drive, it was quick then windows shut down. I ignored it and the next day I click on the icon for the drive and it asks to be formated and I have used whatever software data recovery I could get with no luck. I don't have $300 or $500 to even start to see what can be recovered. I think that in a lab they could get all the data. I had 80gb used before the dvd issues and besides backups and games and porn (that's right I tell the truth, just so happends that it is very easy to collect) the rest was important files and work files that I would like but have mostly forgotten. Any thoughts, ideas, program recomendations etc. are greatly appreciated! Thanks.
I used VirtuaLab by binary biz, and a program called recover my files and a program by stellar phoenix. All are software based and couldn't do anything, some couldn't even analyze the disk. And if I remember correct, other than just trying the maxtor software, powermax, I did not try to reformat. The problem with powermax is that my chipset is not supported so I can't tell the extent of the external damage. I doubt it failed mechanically but powermax should tell me stuff like that.
Thanks, I'll try it. However previously I think that one program said that it couldn't find a header like the head of the drive the part that tells it where to start might be messed up? I am not sure, but I think that everything is on it but the ntfs header was corrupted some how. Also do you have an issue with transfering mp3s to a 2ndary drive and let they get corrupted, I'd enqueue or dbl click a file and the id tag is fine but in winamp they is not track length and it can not play. I tried an mp3 repaire program and it can even open the file. It is like I have an 80mg hollow file. Only happend with mp3s and nothing else though.
Thanks, well I think that it is just the header that is messed up but that is just a guess, I don't know enough to be sure. I guess I can save up but I like to just know what's on there and pinpoint to for recovery so that it can/may be as cheap as possible. I also haven't told my dad who bought the drives for me, he would kick me ass if he knew that I didn't out them in raid first, however I have 3 instead of 4 but it might have important info so I am screwed either way.