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June 3, 2004 9:27:14 PM

ok, here is the story:

when i was fixing my dad's pc i took his harddrive out and put it in mine to get some files from it. After doing this, and fixing his PC, i turned on my PC only top find out that my 80GB harddrive is not working correctly.

The BIOS and Windows both see the drive but i not get the following error when i try to access the drive "E:\ is not accessable. The drive may be corrupt / damaged" (or something to that effect). I have all my games, downloads (inc. porn :D ) on that drive!!!

Surely the drive hasnt decided to pack in? I'm hoping it has something to do with the recent addition of my dads harddrive.
I have tryed pluggin it in to multiply IDE cables with no luck. The hard drive does power up. Any help would really be appreciated!!
Thanks alot.

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June 3, 2004 10:30:49 PM

Your frustration and confusion is understandable, but the bad thing about it that it came into your explanation of the situation and is very confusing as well.

Did you leave dad's HD inside of your PC, or.. did you boot dad's PC with your HD, or.. did you boot your PC with you HD only, or.. what is situation, dude? Can you calm down, relax and say what is the current arrangement.

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June 3, 2004 10:31:37 PM

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June 3, 2004 10:32:03 PM

How much porn did you have on it? I can't stand to see good porn get destroyed.

Its drive E:? How many drives you using on your computer(or is E: just a partition?)? What kinda drive is it? Most manufacturers have a diagnostic tool which checks the drive for problems.

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June 4, 2004 1:30:58 AM

all that "good" stuff made your brain clogged. He is talking about "his drive" which is "one" not "many".

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June 4, 2004 6:05:31 AM

OK, so you pulled a drive out of machine A, put it in machine B, copied some files, and put it back in Machine A? And now it doesn't work? Are you certain everything is as it was before doing this?

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June 4, 2004 9:55:13 AM

Quote:
E:\ is not accessable. The drive may be corrupt / damaged

If he only has one drive on his system then why the hell is its letter E:\?

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June 4, 2004 12:19:12 PM

lmao - sorry, i was rushing to get my post done.

Machine A = My Dads
Machine B = Mine

Machine A has 1 harddrive
Machine B has 2 (1 30GB partitioned (C: & D:)  and 1 80Gb (E:) 

I take A's harddrive put it in B, copy some files over and then put it back in A. Then B's 80Gb (e:)  harddrive stops functioning!!! I dont know wether these are related, or it is just a coincinence.

God, I hope its not broke.
We're talking:
3+ Gb of music
5+ Gb of p0rn
3+ Gb of apps and patches
98 startrek voyager epidoes (all downloaded - was gunna get entire series and sell illegally on ebay! lol)
Various other crap

Help me PLEASE!!!

Not the Official Sicko of THG.
June 4, 2004 1:47:51 PM

If the BIOS still recognizes the drive then there is a good chance that there is nothing wrong with it. Check that the hardware is still functioning by running the proprietary disk checking software from the manufacturer.

If the hardware is fine then possibly the partition table has become corrupt and the OS can no longer read the drive. I'm guessing you can't access the drive from DOS or windows. Does windows ask you to format the drive? Does it recognize the volume as being a specific size? Can you run chkdsk or scandisc on it? Get something like FileScavenger and analyze the disk, can you see the files on it? If so you can use Active Parition Recovery to scan the disk and rewrite the correct partition table.

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June 4, 2004 2:13:44 PM

OK, maxtors disk analysing software sees the disk, and it passed a "quick test". That Active Partition Recovery software says "error reading sector #0 / BOOT sector may be invalid" - or something to that end. Any ideas?

Thanks

Not the Official Sicko of THG.
June 5, 2004 12:49:28 PM

Just a quick thought...perhaps during this HDD swapping you adjusted or accidently removed the jumpers?

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June 5, 2004 6:40:22 PM

no, jumpers are set correctly. i dont want to lose all my data. what are the chances of saving the data???

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June 5, 2004 7:10:20 PM

dude, put HD from A to B AGAIN and see what is going on, copy your files, have some good inter*course with your lady, don't panic here, do something usefull.

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June 5, 2004 8:06:41 PM

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i dont want to lose all my data.

You can't loose data exept by writing over it. Try fixmbr, if that doesn't work, reformat the drive, run the APR software and reinstate your old partition. All the data will still be there.

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June 8, 2004 1:24:39 PM

thanks alot for your help guys. I managed to retrieve *most* of my files.

Cheers

Not the Official Sicko of THG.
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