Zero Assumption Recovery (ZAR) and GetDataBack. The program SPINRITE sometimes helps but it's all down to how much is it worth to buy these programs to you.
I've looked everywhere and I can't seem to find a solid answer.
I'm running a Pentium 4, 1.6ghz, 1gig RAM, Windows XP Pro (w/SP2) computer.
My Maxtor Diamondmax plus 9 secondary hard drive (160gig "D:" drive) has been running great for over 3 years now. I use it to store vids, Mp3s, pictures, computer games, etc...
I ran defrag this past week on my Maxtor, left to go to work, came back later and saw that defrag had not completed. I decided to cancel the defrag and reboot since I had so lovingly brought my work home with me and didn't want to wait.
Upon reboot, I go into "My Computer" and notice that my Maxtor D: hard drive is missing. The shortcuts to various folders I have on my desktop are dead and can't access D: either. I check my device manager and see that both my C: and D: drives are there and are "working properly".
I reboot again, jump into my BIOS and see that my BIOS still recognizes the secondary hard drive. I bought a new IDE cable (I'm using the Master/Slave combo), reconnected the hard drives and rebooted. Same thing. I double-checked my power connections and those are fine.
On a whim, I took the hard drive to my office computer and it's doing the same thing on a different machine.
I have a brand new hard drive standing by, but before I install, I just wanted to see if anything can be done to revitalize this Maxtor Diamondmax I have or if it's a lost cause? I hear the drive power up fine and it's not making any unusual sounds. Am I looking at some kind of corruption or virus that my regular virus and adware/spybot scans never picked up??
Any help is appreciated. Thanks!