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Hard drive un-formated / RAW after loud clicks - Recovery?

by paco_crowman / October 15, 2007 2:21 PM PDT

Hey there Cnet group:

I have a 3 to 4 year old custom built system, running an Athlon XP 2000 with WinXP Home. Master Drive is ATA 40GB and a Slave 120GB - both Western Digital.

Last night while working I heard 4 clicks in succession, 1 to 2 second interval between them. Immediately knew one of my drives was about to fail, so I ran chkdsk on both with "Automatic fix" option. Slave drive reported no problems and I could navigate it, but Master had to wait for reboot. On reboot the drive checked OK, but then the computer took twice as long to start windows or do anything for that matter. I could read Master C; drive OK, but now the D: slave drive had no files or directories on it, and windows reported it was not formatted (RAW).

I disconnected it and running only on master drive. The slave is a WD caviar 1200BB and there are no high heat issues in my case. I am already planning on buying the same model drive to replace (and also just in case i want to swap some parts between them to recover data on the bad drive), but I want to see if I can recover it by using a USB/IDE adapter and applying one of those hard drive tricks like sticking it in the freezer before I try copying files from it.

I know there is tons of stuff out there on the subject, but when I look for it I don't find exactly what would help me.

Any hints, tips or links? I'd really appreciate it

Regards,

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