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July 21, 2006, 10:04 pm
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store a lot of my documents and data as well as backup and restoration
stuff. It has been working fine for about 2.5-3 years. It is a FAT32
drive and it does not have an OS on it
The other day my computer crashed, and when it started back up, it went
through just like normal, got past the boot screen, but then froze on
the black screen between boot and login. I disconnected the hard drive,
and everything started working and worked perfectly. That is, until I
plugged in the drive. As soon as I plugged it in, Windows slowed to a
crawl. Before the crash, the drive was named "Stuff", but when my
computer finally detected it, it was just called Local Disk (E:).
Whenever I tried to click or right click on it in Explorer/My Computer,
Explorer would become Not Responding until I ended it or disconnected
the drive. Once I disconnect the drive everything works fine.
In Disk Management, the drive is listed as having 100% free space
(233.7GB). Frustrated, I tried Safe Mode, but that did not help.
I tried plugging the disk into another computer, and the exact same
I have a CD called Hiren's BootDisk, which contains about 100
commercial and professional recovery and diagnostic utilities. I ran a
few of the disk rescue/checking utilities on the bootdisk, and they
detected both the partition and the files just fine, as if nothing was
wrong. A lot of precious data is on this drive, so I have to get it
Re: Hard drive screwed up in Windows, fine in boot
Most likely the drive is dying and the XP is continually retrying when
attempting to get the basic data off that drive when its plugged in.
So it cant even read the partition table properly anymore.
Then the problem is clearly in the drive, not the PC.
May not even be possible if its dying.