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    mcgirkz is offline Junior Member
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    Hello,

    I have a 80Gb HD that can no longer boot into the OS (winxp) i was wondering how i can go about recovering data and possibly repairing the drive with 'recover my files'? i have the latest version.

    i have written in a forum on another site in regards to my problems with this drive. feel fee to check it out for further info on my troubles.

    Ideally, i would like the drive to be bootable again, but as a last resort, recover as many files as possible

    thank you

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    You data should still be on the drive and you have a very good chance of getting it back.

    However, you need to be able to run Windows to use Recover My Files. This means that to get your data back you will need to connect the hard drive to another system as the slave drive and then run Recover My Files on that system to search the disk.

    I suggest that you run a Format Recover, and that you search only for .avi and .bmp files. The information that the program gets from finding these files will be enough to rebuild the entire partition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GDH
    You data should still be on the drive and you have a very good chance of getting it back.

    However, you need to be able to run Windows to use Recover My Files. This means that to get your data back you will need to connect the hard drive to another system as the slave drive and then run Recover My Files on that system to search the disk.

    I suggest that you run a Format Recover, and that you search only for .avi and .bmp files. The information that the program gets from finding these files will be enough to rebuild the entire partition.
    i have already hooked it up as a slave and am running 'format recover' with the settings you had suggested here as well as in a previous post.

    i appreciate your response. i will post an update once the recover has finished.

    will i be able to boot from the drive once the recover format has finished? will all the mail and everything be intact as well?

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    the format recovery has been on for 14 hour and has not made much progress. i only choose bp and avi for file search. why is it taking so long.

    i am running the program on my desktop and using my laptop to post here

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    What does the progress bar say? (i.e. files found / OS entries found).

    Do you suspect that the drive has an physical errors (ie. bad sectors?).
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    Quote Originally Posted by GDH
    What does the progress bar say? (i.e. files found / OS entries found).

    Do you suspect that the drive has an physical errors (ie. bad sectors?).

    it has found 251 files and says 'searching 1 1095826 of 160086528'

    if you have a moment could you read my thread i have linked to in my previous post? it describes the final moments of the drive working.

    i am going to run maxtor's diskl diagnostics and see if it has anything to tell me

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    What version of Recover My Files are you using? You need to run the latest, 3.30.

    I read your other post and it sounds like you have some serious problems. After you lost access to the drive have you run any programs or processes that could change the contents of the drive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GDH
    What version of Recover My Files are you using? You need to run the latest, 3.30.

    I read your other post and it sounds like you have some serious problems. After you lost access to the drive have you run any programs or processes that could change the contents of the drive?
    nothing was done to the the drive other than what was stated in that thread.
    i also ran powertools from maxtor and it gave me an error code: de63ae79 the warranty on the drive has run out and it looks like i may bot be able to recover any data

    if you have any other suggestions before i tell her the bad news, that would be great. if not, i appreciate your help!

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    dear sir
    i have formatted the disk . windows xp is loaded on the disk. i want to recover my ms-word and excel files. how it is possible.plz help me?

    dinesh

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    Default Data Recovery

    Download Recover My Files from http://www.recovermyfiles.com.

    Run a "Complete Search" just for Word and Excel;

    or,

    You can either run a "Format Recover" on the drive (follow the instructions - it is best to search for just '.avi' and '.bmp' files and at the end of the search it will rebuild all of the old partiton that it can find.
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