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#1 Guest_Alison_*

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 02:06 AM

I'm a massage therapist, not a tekkie. A friend ran HDAT 4.5.3 to try to repair bad sectors and save some of my info. My backup disk was destroyed by my son. I feel like it's a "do gate my homework" scenario.

The scan has taken 5 days, has finished with 27 bad sectors, and was able to repair 868 bad sectors. I am now facing a Drive Level Test Menu and have NO idea what to do:

Check and repair bad sectors
Check bad sectors only
Read and repair bad sectors
Wipe drive
Seek drive
Most powerful test
user defined test

Eep! Please help!! I really want to rescue whatever files I can! Any guidance is greatly appreciated!

#2 Sha0

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 04:40 AM

I didn't see an option to "save a report." So in that case, please power off the computer and contact the friend that initiated the HDAT process. ;) It is always safest to power off a computer in the case of concerns of data loss on the disk. If you closed a document without ever saving it, that's a different matter and the data might still be in RAM. But problems with files on a disk, power it off ASAP. What does your friend have to say?

If they are unavailable, what it looks like to me is that HDAT did everything it could. Now you could try booting your computer and seeing if it is working properly, or you could play it safe and contact another professional capable of backing up the disk and then attempting the booting test.

The worst that can happen by powering it off in this instance is that you'd have to perform the process all over again. I doubt that this would happen, since it did report to you some status, meaning it's completed everything it can.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 09:43 PM

I'm a massage therapist, not a tekkie. A friend ran HDAT 4.5.3 to try to repair bad sectors and save some of my info. My backup disk was destroyed by my son. I feel like it's a "dog ate my homework" scenario.

This looks like it is a fairly old version ( from 2007)...see the web site for more information. It has a manual of sorts and newer versions.

The scan has taken 5 days, has finished with 27 bad sectors, and was able to repair 868 bad sectors. I am now facing a Drive Level Test Menu and have NO idea what to do:

I agree with the comments above, since you may need more help than we can give here...BUT, looks like the program fixed up a few things, and this may be enough for you to recover your system. Safest bet (as mentioned) here is to boot to an alternate disk (a PE off a CD or UFD?) and then first make a sector by sector backup of the bad disk. After that, you can afford to experiment...

Good Luck!
Scott




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