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  1. #11

    is it sata or pata?

    For older pata drives I used to be able to slave a bad drive to a good drive, and install partition magic, which can remove errors on the drive. Also reformatting as fat32 then back o the filesystem of your choice sometimes gets rid of errors. I did that with partition commander. I'm sure there are other ways and tools you can try this with, maybe from a usb drive or cd.

  2. #12
    Your data is probably much more important than the hardware. Once you have rescued your data (or what you can of it, you can proceed to rescue the drive.

    It may have no worse problems than errors in the partitioning. I like "testdisk" as a first step (after copying off all the data that you can). With testdisk you may be able to recover the whole thing including whatever data you may have missed. If not, Linux has a whole raft of tricks to repare and renew the hard disk.

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