by rossdonnan - 9/16/05 10:02 PM
You guys might remember me from a while back, with the external hard drive issue.
You wont believe my luck but now my Sony Laptop harddrive (60gig) has failed.
I was using it the other day and it decided it froze and a blue screen came up saying that there could be dataloss and restart your machine. Kept restarting and it kept happening. I then tried to use the recovery disks to format the drive, no go. The reformat process reached 3% then just froze. I'm pretty sure it's a physicla failure. It's weird though because I did a total reformat 3 days before this happened, was running a clean system. And it was only a year old, as my previous hard drive failed a year after I got the computer.
Lucickly I use retrospect to backup every few months (because of my slow dvd burner), so I wont have lost that much information except for all my emails...
Before the hard drive crashed, I used the external hard drive (when it was working) to create a backup of my most important files (including emails etc), so I could then copy all my important files over after I reformatted the machine this time.
Lastnight while attempting to access the hard drive in another desktop system, it worked for about 3 minutes then made a strange noise and it froze the machine I was working on. I then restarted the machine, and it came up with a scan disk checking all the chkdsk etc. It said it had unreadable sectors.
Does anyone know the chances of recovering this data, I am going to send it through to http://www.cbltech.com.au/index.html because its a western digital hard drive still under warranty and I dont want to void it. Also I am not sure of the cost, has anyone used a data recovery service before?
I am also going to run the western digital data diagnostic tools on their website.
anyone has any hints or tips in this situation?