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Old 02-19-04, 01:12 PM
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crashed HD ... weird

My friend's HD crashed, so he brought the drive over to my house. It's an 8GB HD, and it's 5.25" height. Had never seen one of them before. Anyway, when I plugged the drive into my computer, I got this for the contents:

http://www.coldpumpkin.com/dvdtalk/gdrive.jpg (filesize: 120KB)

This was his C: (boot) drive. He had Windows 98 on it. None of the folders can be opened; when I double click on it, I get a cannot open error.

I take it the HD is fried? Anyone see a drive like that?
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Old 02-19-04, 01:19 PM
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Is the drive a Bigfoot?

http://store6.yimg.com/I/impactcompu..._1775_54465425

The directory looks pretty trashed. If you wanted to go through the effort the contents might be able to be recovered.
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Old 02-19-04, 02:32 PM
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It looks like the MFT (master file table) has gotten trashed. File sizes, names, and locations are probably all hosed up.

Dunno if there's any way to repair that.
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Originally posted by UWSarge
It looks like the MFT (master file table) has gotten trashed. File sizes, names, and locations are probably all hosed up.
Actually, MFT is used for NTFS, not Windows 98's file system.

It would be the FAT (file allocation table) that got trashed.
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Old 02-19-04, 06:30 PM
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Is the drive a Bigfoot?

http://store6.yimg.com/I/impactcompu..._1775_54465425
Well, it looks just like that one.

Anyway, yeah, it had the FAT32 file system. And ... he already reformatted it and re-installed Win98 so ... still, thanks.
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That's an old drive. And given his previous problem I wouldn't trust the drive.
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Old 02-19-04, 07:45 PM
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I've heard drive platters make good signal mirrors
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Old 02-21-04, 03:16 AM
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Originally posted by namja
Well, it looks just like that one.

Anyway, yeah, it had the FAT32 file system. And ... he already reformatted it and re-installed Win98 so ... still, thanks.
I have software that could have recoverd that. It scans the drive sector by sector and then allows you to copy the files to a another drive on the system.

Like others said the FAT table was corrupted. Throw that POS away, its not worth risking another failure.

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Old 02-22-04, 12:04 AM
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as someone suggested when one of my drives crashed recently
try ontrack easy recovery

worked great one a drive that I was sure was toast..

edit... nm, missed the part where he already formatted it
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