My hard disk crashed

Last Feb 10, I update my twitter (and Facebook status) with the following

Got another 500GB harddisk at Low Yatt. Now my PC has 1.6TB worth of space

Something that computer owner feared most happened to me. Do you know what happened to my existing 500GB hard disk – it crashed.

Happened on the day that I came back to KL from my hometown. I’m using my computer as usual, where it suddenly freezes. When I reboot the computer again, I heard the hard disk making a noise, the sound like it want to spin, but then slowing down and come to halt, and want to spin again, and slowing down and came to halt again.

Even though the drive is shown in Windows Explorer, double clicking on it shown the following error message.

I tried to use ‘chkdsk’ comamnd, lots of bad sector reported. But after it finished scanning, still same thing. The hard disk won’t spin.

It’s quite an interesting thing to see about this. You buy a new harddisk, then the old one starts to grumble. I have also heard the same thing from car owner as well – where when you just decided to sell your existing car to buy a new one, suddenly your car starts to make scene – having damage that will cost you fortune to fix, like broken timing belt etc.

This is my old 500GB hard disk that crashed.

Another thing, this hard disk just barely 1 year old. What a bad time to crash. If it crashed before 10th Jan 2009, I can still go for warranty. And that’s another irony thing – your gadgets tend to broke just when it reached the end of the warranty period.

Anyhow, quick search into Google gives me something promising. There are quite a number of data recovery software out there that can recover files from crashed, corrupted hard disk.

I’m using Nucleus Kernel NTFS below. If the partition is FAT, they have another software specialized for FAT.

I’m glad that 99.9% of my files can be recovered. About 8 files totally corrupted and cannot be rescued. I guess I will have to start burning the important files to DVD from now on.


Technical Manager at one of the market researcher company in KL who does blogging on his free time. Love cats very much. Always fascinated with new technology (as well as spending money on it)

4 Responses

  1. James Low says:

    Hi Imran, if you still remember, I’m the one who has asked you about the name of a puzzle shop. I would greatly appreciate it if you could inform me as soon as possible. Thank you!

    By the way, sorry about your hard disk.

  2. amirahsyuhada says:

    so lucky that you are the expertise in this stuff, those who don’t will just accept their bad luck of the crashed hard disk, its happened once to me.I sent my pc to center nand they still can’t do anything to backup mine.huhhh.

    so how are you now, hope you’re just ok now…at least better than before that leave.

  3. Masy says:

    fuh.. bahaya ni. dibuatnye bende2 penting yg korup x ke haru dibuatnye huhu

  4. Boo-lah says:

    bahaya ni.. risau jugak jadik camni.. kena sentiasa backup dlm dvd ni..

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