ADATA HDD SH93 500GB
- Use: 5 months
- Partitions: One
- Used space: Less than 100GB
- Usage: Data Storage (No OS)
- Format: FAT32 (LBA)
Current Computer (at an Internet Shop here in the Philippines):
- Microsoft Windows XP SP3 Professional
- Running with Deep Freeze (yeah, I know...)
Ok, here's the story. Last week I was using my HD and running some apps from it. I was using a number of programs from Portable Apps (only 3) and let them run in the background while playing a game. The game suddenly switched out and told me that the drive was no longer accessible and needed to save the data in another location. It turns out that the MBR was corrupted and the day was saved by copying the backup boot sector to the main one. Life resumed and I cut back on the apps running at once.
Two days ago the HD failed on me again, this time with the MBR intact. No problems with it. I ran testdisk and got this result: "first sectors (boot code and partition table) are not identical". I tried the same thing (copying the backup over the main) but it kept reverting back by changing a single byte from "00" to "01". I then tried the opposite. No success.
So here's the thing: Boot sector claims to be okay. Data is intact. Where I'm at I have a cheap DVD player that has a USB port. I connected it and it reads all my data without problems. The computer can't. Upon connecting it the computer (Explorer.exe) slows down significantly. TestDisk slows down too when trying to recognize the drives. The drive is reported as "corrupted and unreadable" by Windows when trying to open it and it takes FOREVER for it to try to open.
Any suggestions or additional things to post? I can do a search if needed and post some screenshots, I just don't know at this point as to what would be most useful. I'm only allowed net usage once or twice a week due to my schedule but I'll keep you informed as I can.
- TestDisk wants to make the primary partition bootable. I have no OS. I should change it to just Primary ("P" instead of "*"). Upon trying (and reversing) it says parameter incorrect. Maybe I need to rebuild MBR.
- I should stop running uTorrent on this HD and have it run on my flashdrive instead
- Splurge on a new external HD, backup the data, reformat