Hard Disk structures: Backup and Repair
by otr_man - 6/16/09 1:45 PM
In Reply to: Ive done the same :'( by Sophiee09
The page linked to contains detailed instructions on how to backup and restore the key sectors of a FAT32 hard disk (for any size of hard disk from 32 MB to 137 GB), under Windows 98 or Windows ME.
Included are instructions on how to use those backups to recover from a disk crash, and how to recover from a disk crash even if you do not have those backups (a rather more difficult problem).
A great deal of information about the disk structure of a FAT32 hard disk is provided, which attempts to provide an all-purpose DIY solution to disk repair and data recovery.
In terms of disk repair, it tackles both repairing the data structure of a working disk which has suffered only data corruption (due to data being written to the system area, overwriting the MBR, Boot Sector or FAT), and fixing broken hardware (including repairing bad sectors).
In terms of data recovery, it explains how to safely copy files from a broken disk to a new disk (including how to install a new working hard disk), with details of how to clone the entire broken disk and of how to copy individual files (one-by-one or en mass).
Instructions are also included on recovering from common file system errors, such as the "Blue Screen Of Death". Many other error messages generated by the Windows ME Operating System are also tackled.
Each section of this page includes recommendations on which software to use, and details of how to use it most effectively. These are mostly DOS programs, to enable you to carry out the work even where Windows can't load.
Included at the bottom of the page are download links to enable you to obtain on-line the software referred to.
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