11. Select 'Read' from the Sectors menu.
12. In the Read Sectors window, type "8" in the Number of Sectors field and select the 'Read'
button. (We are gathering the sectors to write into the original MFT location.) What we're
trying to get is 4 1024-byte MFT records, and that means 8 512-byte sectors.
13. Select 'Write' from the Sectors menu.
14. Type in the "X" number that you WROTE DOWN above into the starting sector to write data
field and select the Write It button, reply to the message: Are you sure you want to
permanently overwrite the data in... with the Yes button.
15. Quit Disk Probe.
16. Open Disk Administrator, select the partition you just fixed.
17. Right click and select 'Assign Drive Letter.'
18. Select Do Not Assign A Drive Letter radio button and select OK, selecting Yes in the
Confirm window that appears. This dismounts the partition.
19. Do steps 17 and 18 again, but this time re-assigning the drive letter. This re-mounts the
partition. You should no longer get a message box indicating the drive is broken at this point.
If you do, then some part of this rescue process went wrong.
20. Run chkdsk X: /f from the Command Prompt. If you get errors fixed, run chkdsk X: /f
again and again until no errors are found and reported fixed.
From: Thomas W Lawrence
• First replace the IDE cable to your hard drive
• If that don't work, second, you could make this drive a slave install a new hard drive and try
copying the drive to the new drive or…
• One could access the drive by using Western Digital E-Z Bios. This disk comes with most
Western Digital hard drives and comes with a software program to copy the one hard drive to
• You could install a new drive and using the software from this disk, copy the entire drive to
the new drive. I have done this several times and it worked.
From: David Forster
• The first thing is to find out what was the last thing the client was doing before the crash.
• Sometimes, the clue gives a starting point.
• The next is to suspect a virus and boot with a clean disk from my arsenal. If no virus is
found, then check the drive parameters to be sure they are correct in the CMOS.
• Then boot to the A drive with fdisk on it, run "fdisk /mbr to reset the "master boot record"
onto the drive. If the drive was set up with EZ or Ontrack , then possibly their utility could be
used to bring back the drive.
• Also, most manufacturers have good diagnostic programs available at their respective Web
sites. I.E.; MUD from Maxtor; Wdiag from Western Digital, etc. Third party vendors also have
various utilities to bring back a drive; Symantec ( Norton ), and Ontrack , to name a couple.
1. I will enter into the machine BIOS and see whether it will identify the HD. If not, I will open
the machine and look to see if the data cord is connected and the power supply is connected
and give them a little push again (sometimes it misplaces)