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 http://www.ontrack.com/ 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.
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.