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    My WD hard drive crashed.

    There are two partition. The first is corrupt the second is gone completely. The corrupt data on the first isn't showing up in Windows Explorer. I can find and recover it using Active@ File Recovery for Windows. This is a frighteningly slow process and most of the data recovered is unusable. Is CHKDSK /r going to be any faster? It took almost a day and tied up the processor to recover 10GB. When CHKDSK runs it goes through the first step then hangs at 0% when it starts to check indexes.

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    First thing to try is either to sector by sector clone the drive (to get a copy, no matter the present condition) or if that's impossible, look at it with a competent data recovery program like GetDataBack. There is also TestDisk which can help recover data or recover corrupt partitions.

    You might even try looking at the drive from a non-Windows OS, like Puppy Linux to confirm the corruption.

    The very LAST thing you should ever do without having a copy of the data so you can work on the original, is use chkdsk because if the partition table is slightly corrupt and there's a discrepancy between the two file check numbers, chkdsk will repeat that discrepancy to each file thereafter, orphaning all files and rendering them unrecoverable. If there's no file check number discrepancy then its fine to use but there's no way of telling ahead of time if there is.

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    Unfortunately I didn't know it was bad and the first step of CHKDSK had run. I'm getting a new HD from WD. I have Active Partition Recovery which looks the same as GetDataBack. I can use it to create and image on the new HD. I can find the folders and files that I can't see in XP using it but again it is so slow and processor intensive.

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    You did do regular image backups didn't you? you can restore a good working image to a new drive in about 30 minutes max. (less on some spec computers).
    If you did not do regular image back ups maybe you backed up your data. If so you could just do a clean install of windows on the new disk and restore your data from the backups.
    If you did neither then you are stuffed and will need to do a clean install of windows and complete all the many updates and re-install all your programs etc.
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    It sounds like your hard disk has gone to god and the only reliable data recovery method is restore from backup on another disk. You could try a commercial product like Spinrite, but there is no guarantee.

    cheers, Paul

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    How can I stop CHKDSK from running when I re-boot the computer? With the drive attached it wants to run CHKDSK. I have to be there to keep it from running. Last night I timed it and it took almost 5 minutes to get to where CHKDSK started. I assume during that time it's checking the drives to see if there OK if they aren't then the repair message is displayed.

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    Well its a sick and dying drive by the sound of it and shouldn't be attached to the system at all unless you have the time and are actively trying to recover data from it if that is the only system you can use for that. You might be able to stop the check disk from running but the long delay in boot time is likely to remain.

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    Good morn, Marc. >>> How can I stop CHKDSK <<<
    Reading the notes here, I would surmise that your HD is really bad. Maybe just the MBR but the whole machine depends on this. I would suggest getting a new HD then connecting the bad one via an USB port and then try to recover your data this way. The new drive would have to be set anew with the OS, of course. Otherwise, bid bye to the whole thingee. JP.

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    To save the data on the drive, remove it from the computer and place it in a zip-loc bag, close and put the drive in the freezer for about an hour. While the drive is chillin', setup another computer so you can connect the drive to it. USB enclosure, slaved inside as a secondary drive or any other method you know to make it come up as a secondary drive. When the drive has cooled, slave it up and the copy the data to the hard drive in the computer it's slaved to or another external storage medium. If the drive is truely going south, putting it in the freezer is an old trick to get it to run well one more time to get the data off it. YMMV.
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    I really do hope you have an imaged backup on hand. There is nothing worse than having to learn these things the hard way.
    All of the above advice provided is sound and has been used with some degree of success in the past, but nothing beats
    having a recent backup, especially if you have all your data tied up with the OS.
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