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    Partition Recovery (Unknown)

    Hi,

    I try to help local people with their PC's and someone on my local FreeCycle Yahoo group asked for help with a PC that wouldn't boot (XP Home), she's fine with a rebuild which I can easily do but she hoped to get some valuable photos off it, the only copies she had.

    So I test the PC and it doesn't boot as expected, I removed the drive and put it in my SATA docking station, detected fine with main partition visible but when I click on it I get ...

    F: is not accessible

    The file or directory is corrupt and unreadable

    Any ideas as I'd really like to save this woman's data before I go ahead and trash the system?

    One thing I will try is a rebuild without trashing but that's a last resort, I need to try some less intense stuff first so advice welcome.

    Kyu

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    Re: Partition Recovery (Unknown)

    You may be able to get some of your files back using a tool like Recuva.

    StuartR

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    Re: Partition Recovery (Unknown)

    Thanks Stuart, I'll try that.

    Kyu

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    Re: Partition Recovery (Unknown)

    Kyu,
    See my <post#=706,907>post 706,907</post#> and associated posts.

    The end result was being able to recover over 1900 jpg photos from that "dead" hard drive. Slow process but worth it in the end.
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    Re: Partition Recovery (Unknown)

    OK,

    So suggestions, some from other friends/forums, are CHKDSK PC Inspector and Recuva.

    Do you see any issues with any of these and what order do I try them in (some may be more destructive than others).

    My best guess would be:

    1. CHKDSK (what harm can it do?)
    2. PC Inspector (since it accesses files rather than the whole partition)
    3. Recuva (partition recovery)

    Any others thoughts?

    Kyu

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    Re: Partition Recovery (Unknown)

    I use RECUVA to recover files as well as partitions, so I think you could use the second and third tools in any order.

    I would try to recover the files first (copying them to another disk) and then try CHKDSK, as the CHKDSK could write to the corrupted partition, making it impossible to recover your data.

    StuartR

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    Update: No idea whether I recovered everything she wanted but thanks to you guys I did recover a lot of stuff for her and she was very pleased with what was done.

    So thanks

    Kyu

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    [quote name='VampyreUK' post='768844' date='02-Apr-2009 09:27']Update: No idea whether I recovered everything she wanted but thanks to you guys I did recover a lot of stuff for her and she was very pleased with what was done.

    So thanks

    Kyu[/quote]

    Can you let us in on what you did to get the files back ??
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