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    Urgent hard disk crisis!

    I accidentally used a raw floppy copy program and raw copied a floppy onto my hard disk, and it has re-written the hard disk binary and it thinks its a floppy disk as it says it as 1430 something KB etc. is there any fix for this? Or do i have to re-format? eeeek help!

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    Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!

    I suspect you will have to reformat, and then restore your most recent backup.

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    Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!

    I really hope not, i havn't backed up this week yet and some very important files lie on it,t he situation is as follows, while attempting to recover some files from a floppy using some software, i accidentally selected the C: to raw copy to, i noticed that afterwards, the file was not listed in the C:, the computer worked fine until it was turned off, in which case i believe my files are still tehre, but masked or unaccesible because of the new binary, i need some method of re-writing the binary or something?

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    Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!

    Finally tracked down the software, it says this...
    ADRC Data Recovery Tools - Raw Copy

    Raw Copy transfers the binary raw image from one drive directly to another. It is rather similar to the infamous "Ghost" function. You could perform a disk clone backup (or if your disk is slightly faulty) and do not want perform a file by file copy. This is really ideal if you do not want to re-install the operating system. As the transfer is done in true low level binary, you could do this for drives with an unknown file system to be cloned such as game machines, Mac disk etc. With some built in recovery features, the program will try to recover data even if it is on bad sectors to ensure all or maximum data is restored from the drive.

    This is a very powerful function and must be used with care. As it is a binary dump, the original data on the target drive is no longer recoverable upon completion of process.


    Uh oh?

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    Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!

    Danny,
    I think you answered your own question:
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    As it is a binary dump, the original data on the target drive is no longer recoverable upon completion of process.
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    Not very promising, I'm afraid.
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    Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!

    Sigh i thought as much anyway, thought i would ask just in-case, *sniff* thanks anyway, i will re-format and restore what i can

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    Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!

    Danny

    Desperate times, need desperate measures.

    I am not sure what OS you have but have you got the original discs,? Could you put that in the CD rack and boot from disc and at the right time click Repair not install.....I have seen a desktop support guy at work do this but don't know actions required...it is an idea which hopefully Bob or Stuart may have an opinion on <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!

    Tried it already, ran chkdsk and it reads as a floppy disk, DIR tells me only 1 file is present, partition manager cannot read it properly, putting it into a windows PC makes the hard disk un-readable, tried much software no luck, so i am re-formatting, which appears to be working, though the files are gone forever...

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    Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!

    Danny, how are you formatting? You're going to need to use fdisk /mbr to remove all partitions and reset the master boot record or it will still read as a floppy (at least that's my understanding).
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    Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!

    i already used FIXMBR and am now formatting under windows XP install cd, seems to be working fine, though it seems like i *may* have lost some space, i will run some programs when windows is up, probably just the 'extra' bits that are resident on HDD anyway

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