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Ooops!! Corrupted my SATA drive...

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Well, I guess somewhere during my frequent re-boots and BIOS manipulation during my first OC of my processor I cheesed the file structure of my only SATA hard-drive. Luckily it's not my main system drive, but I still had all of my 50gigs of mp3's and family photos on it...does anyone know of any method for me to fix it without sending it out to a file recovery place? Or of any good free software that will do it? I had downloaded one shareware program that read the files, but wanted 70 bucks to actually restore them. At this point the 70$ doesn't sound so bad anymore!! I've already re-installed all of my SATA drivers with no luck!
    
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Sry no idea...but I do have something here in my pocket for you (digs in pocket), OH here it is!
BUMP!
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so this is not the drive that has windows on it?
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I could help you, but you haven't explained clear enough.
So you're saying that you've already installed windows on it? Or what did you come by since you thought that your drive was corrupted?
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Thanks for the bump kagaos...and no, this is a second drive on my system, luckily it's not the drive with windows on it. I only use the corrupted drive for file storage. It all started with checkdisk telling me there were sector issues with the my f: drive during boot-up (f is the designated drive letter for the corrupted drive), but the drive still worked so I ignored it (Doh!). Now when I attempt to access the drive through windows it tells me the file system is corrput and the drive unreadable....I've used demo versions of file recovery programs I found online and they have been able to identify the lost files, but cannot recover them as they are only for evaluation purposes, which is leading me to believe I can still recover them myself (hopefully)...
    
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Well, I scored some software to recover my precious data, but now I can't get the drive to take a format. It fails everytime regardless if I do a quick format or a deep format. Windows recognizes the drive, I see it in my "My Computer" list and it shows up in the System Manager...I've also tried to write zeros and then do a format with no luck. Do you think this is a bunk hard drive and that I should just return it? I just bought it in August...
    
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post #7 of 13
Sounds more like the hard drive went bad than you corrupted it. Maybe send it back?
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post #8 of 13
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I've never had one go bad before, so I have no idea how to tell for sure if its the drive or something else...
    
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post #9 of 13
All makers of HDDs, that I know of have diagnostic software. There are links to them in my FAQ on HDDs
http://www.overclock.net/faqs/92471-...ard-drive.html
    
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post #10 of 13
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That's what really confuses me about this one Duke, I ran the diagnostics from the Western Digital website (the drive in question is a WD Caviar 80gb) and everything came back clean. That was also when I wrote the zeros, but still no luck with it taking a format...
    
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