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So if Getdataback worked, what is the issue?
Maybe I missed it that you feel your files are not worth paying for the recovery? As to it being no good, it's exactly for saving your files then the next step is to wipe and restore the OS, then put your files back on.
But I am aware that new to PC owners may not know that this is how it's done today. Some are looking for a repair tool that will fix it without backup and restore.
It's one of the two items above so you can tell me if I guessed your feelings on this and hopefully this is enough to help you move forward.
-> Let be be blunt here. If you proceed to repair the drive without backup you do risk losing what you didn't backup no matter which tool you use.
I just want to correct the partition table
Well See. I dont want to pay for having the data restored. Its nothing important. It was just something that was time consuming; Getting all situated with xp and the programs I installed. GetDataBack works, I could just take all the data from the partitions, save it to another drive, rewrite the partition table and put the data back. Only thing is I dont know if the OS would still work? Also I just wanted a way to fix the partition table. I plug the drive into my dell externally and I can see everything on the partitions in my computer. everythin works fine. Its just not booting! Any ideas?
Something that we all learn about.
Not all errors are correctable. Even less if we don't want to pay for the tools or "backup."
I think I see the issue much more clearly now. Hope you don't lose it all in your repairs.
Just a follow up. I tried the disk on my dell in the recovery console. WORKED ABSOLUTLY
PERFECT!!! diskpart is accurate. chkdsk shows absolutely no errors. I figured,
hey maybe I should reinstall XP while im here, just run over all the windows files
with the setup wizard. It wouldn't work. My dell is a pentium and the laptop is
an AMD. I beleive that is the problem. So I don't know what to do. I put it back
in the laptop and it still appears as one unknown 8gb partition. Any ideas? What
could be wrong with my laptop. i had this happen once before but the only way i
fixed it was by wiping the hdd. I dont thikn i need to do that if the data is legible
via my dell.
Here's a trap some fell into.
They had some disk error but can't use the XP CD because they installed some XP SP2 CD and the old XP CD can't handle the new install. It's a trap I've seen when CDs are mixed up.
At least you still have your files. The question I see is that you may loss them in your haste to fix it without a backup plan.
Well I got an 80gb external 3.5 inch drive connected to usb. I can back up my data now if that would help. What do I need though to get the XP setup cd to see the partitions correctly and not 1 8gb unknown partition. thanks
To fix that I...
Use the XP setup program to remove the partitions and then create a new fresh one. Again this is too common if the owner used 3rd party partition tools or some Linux's. Remember that the data will vanish in this instance so have the backup done and verified good. And whatever files you can never lose must be on media that has write protection. Even CD/DVDWR media qualifies.
There is a distinct possibility the machine's IDE interface or cable has failed. That would explain the whole fiasco but we won't know that until we start fresh.
If this was some ancient desktop I'd make note of that old LBA setting in the BIOS but since its not I'll just note it and drop it.
So you're basically saying backup the data onto somewhere safe (would my external 3.5" 80gb hard drive qualify by putting each partition's content in a folder?) and then clearing the partition table, making new partitions and reloading the data to their partitions? If this is the case, will I be able to back up a whole OS and no have to reinstall the OS using the setup cd? Could you just move a whole OS and have it still function? THANKS!
Well no on both questions.
A hard disk is not a valid backup since it has no write protection.
It appears you have yet to lose it all so I will tell you from now on I will no longer repeat backup or be safe with your files from now on.
-> Here's an idea. Do what you want. It's beginning to appear you are going to lose it all in spite of any advice.
I don't have anything that burns DVDRW and I can't fit everything on a CDRW. Do CDRs work? What would happen if you backed up to another hard drive?
"-> Here's an idea. Do what you want. It's beginning to appear you are going to lose it all in spite of any advice."
I'm not trying to go against your advice. I just want some help. Please if you could just make a list of what to do so we both have a better understanding of what is going on. I don't have any dvds available to burn. I have an external hard drive. I have software to get the data. thanks
You've received the advice. Use or ignore.
I know you wish there was some magic software to just fix it.
Sorry, this is Windows.
Sorry. I was trying to help you save...
Your files. But at each turn you seemed to not quite get it.
We've covered the usual issues and the possibility that something is amiss with the laptop.
It's a shame you feel that I'm holding back some cure or not. I'm offering my best advice in hopes you don't suffer like others.
Ok. Well i see you have been stressin to me the importance of data back up. I clearly understand that. But I do feel that you haven't pointed out the solution. What do I do after my data is backed up onto a write protected piece of media.
The solution is...
Just as you suspect, but you are having a hard time accepting it.
Until we step over the line and attempt the new partition and format we can't know if the issue is inside the laptop and not the hard disk. It's very possible the hard disk is OK and the fault is elsewhere.
(answer in a question)
Tell me how one could test for that?
Answering your question, well I've tried chkdsk, various windows based partition repair / data recovery programs, tried cfdisk in linux, tried fdisk in linux, tried the windows xp setup disk, tried diskpart, tried just about everything.
The tests show that the hard drive is OK according to my dell. When I plug it in my laptop it basically says something is wrong.
The only thing left to do is to backup and rewrite the partitions? Yes or no?
Well I tried chkdsk on my dell, tried various windows based recovery / partition repair programs, tried diskpart, tried cfdisk and fdisk in linux, tried just about everything on the dell.
The dell is basically telling me "there's nothin wrong with this drive"
However, when I plug it in the laptop it says "somethings wrong"
Ive tried just about every test. The answer is to backup everything and rewrite the partitions yea?
woops sorry for the duplicate post. I didn't think the first one went through since it was on a second page and I lost the context i entered in the form.
I have read that Partioning a System Drive is not suggested for DVD-video EDITING and Authoring..I use External HDD for Archiveing..
and I use not one thing on my PC that does not have an CD holding the FILES..
My PC runs from a CD-DVD Library..there are mis-haps but TIME heals all..
I would suggest such a Library for any PC Operator..
I do have multiple FILES(duplicates)because of failures that happen because I do so much work on my PC..
Also I have added a Second BACK-Up HDD..
It sits on a shelf w/OS-->>Updates-->>Security Software..
In five minutes I can be back on the InterNet..
I have NOT done this for my PC that runs DVD-video EDITING and Authoring Software..
I always run that PC from a Fresh Install after some multitude of Projects..
If 2-3 Days of maintainance bothers you on a PC..??
I don't think there is a way around it..
My OS is re-installed in about 2-Hours..how-ever the 64-Updates from Microsoft take up a whole day..
..I have gotten use to this procedure..every three months I set aside 3-days to FORMAT and re-Install the OS and Software and drivers.