Storage forum: unreadable sectors

by: rossdonnan September 16, 2005 10:02 PM PDT

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by rossdonnan - 9/16/05 10:02 PM

Hello there,

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?

thanks
rossco

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