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So I just had a slight catastrophe. My older computer that's been limping along for a while just had a critical error. Good old WinXP was getting temperamental, so I tried to restart it. While it was closing there was some kind of strange memory error I've never seen before. Then it happened. OS failed to reboot, it would get to the Windows loading screen, then reboot and just keep doing that over and over until it decided to ask for safe mode. Sweating bullets, hoping I didn't just loose something I told it to boot into safe. It didn't make it very far. I figured I'd use one of my old raptors from a Raid 0 configuration from a previous system to install windows on a fresh drive, so I unhooked the other drives to complicate matters and just concentrate on getting Windows working, then try and probe the original OS drive to make sure its not failing before I start screwing with it. Kinda had to anyway it was really tight getting the Raptor in. The System didn't even see the Raptor drive. Okay, so I put back the original drives exactly the way they were and now the system doesn't see the OS at all on the previous original drives. @*%^&*$!

Something screwy going on.

My old system has hardware issues so its probably better if I check my drives on a new system. But I'm concerned because I don't know whats compatible with what anymore, I've fallen out of the loop. One is an IDE, and the other is a SATA I or II. I don't know if current hardware is even compatible with those! I heard IDE has been phased out and SATA III is the craze now. So can I even save my old data? Is a new mobo going to work with them? I have so much data on there. Wedding photos, work from college, stuff I've been writing... ugh gawd... I feel sick. Funny thing was I was right in the middle of preparing to back everything up. I was organizing it all and getting ready to order a USB drive or something to back it all up on. Okay... not funny. Not funny at all.

I think I'll start building the computer for downstairs first and use it as my own computer until I can figure this out.
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All iterations of sata are designed to be backwards compatible, so any sata drives should work with any sata controller (in theory). Sometimes you'll have issues using newer drives on older chipsets, but that can usually be alleviated by setting the compatibility jumper on the drive.

What I recommend is plugging the drives into another system and doing a complete block image of the drive into a file and then doing recovery with the image file.

I don't think the problem is with your drives particularly, since a double failure is so unlikely. If you don't have ide on a system, you can always use something like this for recovery, just make sure the drive doesn't get too hot without airflow http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002
Edited by ZHoob2004 - 11/21/13 at 12:11am
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Anyway, it's bedtime for me so I'll be back in 7 hours or so and take a look at this thread again to see if you have any other questions. I hope this works out for you and that you don't have any data loss. I can't provide any particular recommendations for recovery since I do all of that in linux, just make sure the first thing you do is image the drive and then only manipulate the image and copies thereof, never the original drive (learned this the hard way, multiple occasions).
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Huh... I don't know anything about how to make an image block like that. I was between a lot of things with that system. I had just run out of time with the security I was using but didn't like it and was talking to friends about security they use. Before I could settle on this, this happened. And I'm pretty sure I had a virus. I don't want to scan the drive directly and wear it out if there's a problem with it. Will a virus be a problem if I'm trying to back up a drive like how you said to?

I'm hoping I can find a modern mobo with an IDE slot since I haven't picked out any parts yet for the new downstairs office PC. Are there any quality glitch free motherboards these days that still offer an IDE slot for compatibility with older carryover hard drives? I don't really know whats good anymore. A friend did recently show me some Asus boards and said they were the best right now, but I clicked out of it cause they were all ugly red and yellow boards. (I usually hate red, orange, yellow, and green). I also read somewhere that Asus has crappy customer service now after changes corporate made to the way its run and structured. I'm hoping I have other options. frown.gif I usually go for black on black or black with blue, silver, grey, gold, or copper.
Edited by Drahadis - 11/21/13 at 1:02am
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