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HDD ginormous problem!!!!

by jwhealj / November 24, 2006 7:26 AM PST

XP system unable to read HDD Seagate Baracuda Model ST360016A - 40GIG.
(Partition into 3). I have no idea what I was doing when it completely failed, but it had been running very, very slowly.

When it had booted a dialog box appeared on start up reding:-
'Smart Bridge Alerts MotiveSB.exe - Proceedure entry point get process file NameW could not located in the dynamic library PSAPI.dll'.

I reinstalled Windows XP Home Edition on another HDD (WesternDigital) and attempted to retreive my very important data using the Seagate as a slave. The system did not recognise the Drive.
I downloaded and used Seatools from Seagate to discover on completion of the full tests that all 250 sectors were defective and that the MBR was not repairable.

How can I possibly retrieve all my peronal files which were on 'D' and 'E' drives on the HDD.

Some guardian angel's help on this crucial matter would be so very much appreciated.

With very special thanks anticipating a positive reply to my dilema.

John - Dorset UK.

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this could be a good lesson on why we back up that....
by Edward ODaniel / November 24, 2006 9:42 AM PST

which we can't afford to loose.

One way to recover the data would be with a good sector editor. Very labor intensive.

Another way to recover the data would be to make use of either the data recovery tools offered by such sources as offers or to actually take advantage of their recovery services.

Be aware that recovery services are relatively profitable but avoidable by keeping multiple current backups of that one can't loose.

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HDD ginormous problem!!!
by jwhealj / November 24, 2006 11:32 PM PST

Many thanks for the speedy reply.

I am in the process of searching for my lost files with 'recover my files'. The program is running at this moment.

It locating files (, but the 'type of file' panel displays all the 'Recovered Files' all having the identical size of 1024 KB. Surely this has not found all the data in these individual files?

I do realize I have a laborious and/or expensive task ahead of me even if I have to add all my data to files I backed-up on CD some weeks previous.

Again, many thanks Edward for your input. I'll keep you posted on my pending success.

(It's never going happen to me. - Yes, I have learned the lesson of backing up REGULARLY)!


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