Physically Damaged HDD ....

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  1. Felipe_9595
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    Well,i had a really shitty incident the last week. My HDD has 120 GB and it has 3 partitions, The C: one (50GB), where i have installed Windows XP, The D: one (67GB) where i store the random crap and backups and a E: partition of 3 GB where i have Linux. Last week i was playing LoL, and in the middle of the match my HDD began to do a clicking noise (2 clicks each 4 seconds) and the game closed. Upon restart, Grub loader loaded fine and showed me the Windows and Linux installations. When i booted windows, the loading screen would come up, but in the middle of it the clicking noise would return and a BSoD would force a restart.So, is pretty obvious that the drive is damaged. The weird part is, that if i try to boot Linux, it loads fine, it even works correctly, and if from Linux, i try to access the D: partition, it loads too. If i try to enter C: the drive starts clicking and Linux never finish loading it. And if i load Gparted the clicking comes back too and it never finish listing the partitions.

    So, pretty much i can save everything from D: , but there is any posibility to recover something off the C: partition?
     
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    If the header can no longer read the physical sectors that contains C, then it's lost for good. Barring expensive data recovery services.
     
  3. Felipe_9595
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    Damn, thank you nyway.

    Since the thing is pretty much fried but i can still "use" the D:/ and E:/ partition, would be wise to try to format and install an OS there? iIts not like it cant get worse lol
     
  4. FAST6191

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    Was that an intentional double negative?

    Anyway once a hard drive going down the tubes it is best to consider it dead and save what you can from it- by all means continue to use it for scratch space if you do not mind a potential bit of corruption at some point but I would not trust it to hold files and certainly not run an OS I expect a measure of reliability from.

    I am also inclined to say c:\ is gone but it would not hurt to wave http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download over it (linux versions are readily available) as it can still sometimes get in there where the other tools fail.