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Hard Drive Mechanic

by wipster / March 5, 2005 7:17 AM PST

Anyone heard of a recovery SW called "Hard Drive Mechanic" by Higher Grounds Software? I have a problem with a disk read error occuring which prompts me to hit control/alt/delete and puts me into a loop. The OS is XP Media Edition and I can't boot up in any manner which will permit me to do a system restore and I don't want to do a full recovery.

This looks like it might do the trick, but I'd like a little confirmation before I shell out $70...

Thanks,

Wipster

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Hold on a minute. 70 bucks buys a new drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2005 7:34 AM PST
In reply to: Hard Drive Mechanic

Tell why you wouldn't do that.

Bob

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hold on 10 minutes....
by reefurbb / March 6, 2005 12:53 AM PST
In reply to: Hard Drive Mechanic

scandisk-surface scan, or diag floppy from Hdd mfg. Sounds potentially like OS or software problem. What changes did you make before this problem started (sp2 problem?)?

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Thanks...
by wipster / March 6, 2005 5:56 AM PST
In reply to: hold on 10 minutes....

for the response from both of you guys. First, I don't really want to install a new drive (don't want to lose the data and I'm lazy) and secondly, what caused this (I think) is that I tried to open an audio file in Winamp when I already had it open in Audacity... at least that's what I was doing when this occurred. I wasn't actually watching, but when I came back to the screen it had this DOS message on it.

I've run chkdsk and scandisk from a floppy and they both say there are no problems. I agree with you reefurbb, it's probably a SW problem, but I just want to get it running again without losing my information. I've got the important stuff backed up, but it's reloading the other programs I hate.

Wipster

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wipster, we assume...
by reefurbb / March 6, 2005 9:02 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks...

1.you included surface scan with scandisk and you used an XP floppy, not a DOS one (W98) unless your Hdd is in FAT32. Bad sectors is often cause for "disk read error".
2. that you still can't boot even to safe mode. What info do you now get at boot? What is the Hdd?

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Did you get fixed your HDD?
by STK / April 7, 2005 4:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Hard Drive Mechanic

Did you get fixed your HDD? Did Hard Drive Mechanic help to you?
Thank you.

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