Is the data on my SATA drive recoverable?
February 8, 2006 11:56 PM Subscribe
Is there any hope for my dying/dead Serial ATA drive?
posted by Venadium to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
I've searched through previous posts for the past 10 minutes or so, and while I've found a lot of posts about recovering data from dead or dying disks, none of them included the symptoms that the drive in my computer is suffering from. I figured I'd post yet another question before purchasing some commercial recovery software.
The drive that failed is a 250GB Western Digital SATA drive. After having the computer completely lock up and need to be rebooted a few times throughout the day, eventually the computer would not start Windows at all, normally or in any kind of Safe Mode. It got as far as the animated Windows loading screen before it would reboot and the process started all over again.
After nothing seemed to be working to get this thing to load Windows, I ended up trying to reinstall XP on one of the IDE drives in the computer. It would get as far as examining the SATA drive before the installer froze and the computer needed to be rebooted. I unplugged the SATA drive, installed XP on the IDE drive without a problem, then reattached the SATA drive. Windows takes about 15 minutes just to boot with the SATA drive attached. When it does boot, the system is very slow and unstable. The Event Viewer lists all kinds of errors coming from the disk. I'm unable to open the drive or even Right Click on it under Explorer; doing so causes explorer itself to crash.
However, when I boot from a Knoppix CD I am able to browse through the drive's contents with no problem. I used captive-ntfs to copy about 1.2GB of data off the SATA drive and onto one of the IDE drives, but it took a lot longer than it should have. When I tried to copy more data later that night, it was almost impossible. It would start to copy and then stall immediately, over and over again.
At that is where I am at the moment. I'm sorry if this post is really long and I know it's been asked here countless times before but I'd really like to get my 4 years worth of data off the drive, while spending as little money as possible. Does anyone recognize the symptoms and know exactly what's going on with the drive, and if it's repairable?