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My mom is getting a "disk read error" on her computer so I ripped the HDD out and booted it with my computer and still received (different cable used) the same error. So I booted into windows using another HDD and used the one showing the error as a back up. When Windows starts it says that it has to check for "consistency" and runs a disk check. In BIOS it shows the disk, but in Windows I cannot get the HDD to show (disk management). I am thinking I need to do a zero out (and clear the MBR) and reinstall Windows.

I just want to confirm. I would like to recover the data before I do this but haven't a clue how.

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what model HDD is it, and how old is it? thats the first thing

second, in windows, if its a western digital drive, plug it in, download the western digital diagnostic software, and run an extended smart test on the drive, if it returns bad read/write, or bad anything else, she need a new drive, if not, proceed to reinstall windows

data recover im not sure, cause if windows doesnt show the drive, i dont think there is a way

worse comes to worse you could just reinstall windows, it shouldnt wipe her files if you do, do not zero the drive if she needs the data
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Do you have any emergency bootup disk, like Hiren's one, around?
Have you tried torun chkdsk for that disk?

I have one HDD that does not want to boot to Windows no matter what I tried, but when I tried to run chkdsk on it, somehow it can boot into Windows and function again.
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Run chkdsk on the hard drive. Either by booting from the OS boot disk and running it from the recovery console or by putting the drive into another machine and running it from command prompt on that machine.

Also, keep in mind that if you initialize a disk it will wipe the disk.

Another thing is, this error typically comes up when the hard drive is failing or has failed. I wouldn't use this drive any more as it is not reliable.

After you've ran chkdsk hopefully it will repair the errors so that you can access the disk to recover data.

Other then that there is nothing else you can really do.

good luck.
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If Windows does not show it in disk management, the disk is likely dead. (And to the best of my knowledge, there is nothing you can do.)

Good new, most hard drive companies if you send the old broken hard drive back, they will give you like 25-50% off the price of a new one.
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OK I was able to get windows to see the Disk but now every time I try and get into it I get a "Error Performing inpage operation". It also seems to have 0 free space and 0 used space.

I downloaded WD Life guard and scanned it, tried to repair bad sectors but I got an error while repairing and it failed.
Edited by Zippy476 - 4/11/11 at 8:51am
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Atleast it wil make a attactive paper weight. Sorry. *hugs*
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Yea not much you can do, I'd try to recover any data you still can while it's still powering up but you need to replace the drive, that one is toast.
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what model hdd is it, and how old is it? Thats the first thing

second, in windows, if its a western digital drive, plug it in, download the western digital diagnostic software, and run an extended smart test on the drive, if it returns bad read/write, or bad anything else, she need a new drive, if not, proceed to reinstall windows

data recover im not sure, cause if windows doesnt show the drive, i dont think there is a way

worse comes to worse you could just reinstall windows, it shouldnt wipe her files if you do, do not zero the drive if she needs the data
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You cannot run Sata 3.0 on Sata 150 right? I think her mobo only supports the Sata 150 interface.
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