I have an old HP Pavilion 6635 repackaged into an IBM Aptiva case. It's a 533 Celeron with 256MB RAM, with 3 IDE drives and an IDE CDROM Drive. I used it to serve music, hold pictures, other files, as a central point for printing, and generally to back data up to incase one of the clients (mainly my IBM laptop) has an issue and needs to be reformatted. It runs headless, using VNC to control it from the GUI, if necessary.
The other day I tried to access it through Windows Explorer. I couldn't get a response on the mapped drives. Then I tried VNC, no dice. Then I tried a straight ping on the IP addy. Couldn't resolve the address. According to my router, it wasn't in the client list. (It has a static IP address, so I know it wasn't an addressing issue). I hit the reset button and waited a few minutes. It's set to come up into Windows and load VNC as a service, so once the log-in prompt comes up I can remote control into the PC and log in. It wasn't responding to VNC. My router didn't have it listed as a client. I powered it down and hooked it up to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Then I started it again. It passed the POST and tried to load Windows. No dice. I got an error saying that the machine couldn't find the operating system. No problem, I wiped the drive and reinstalled Windows. Here's a breakdown of how the drives in my system were configured:
C: - 13GB - System drive. Only contained Windows & Program installs, as well as the Swap space for Windows.
D: - CDRW
E: - 20GB - Misc. Backup, as well as compressed archives containing files which were housed on F:
F: - 40GB - Music, live backups, as well as the data drive for my private FTP.
So, I wiped the C: drive and reinstalled Windows. I come up into Windows and, I can't see E: or F:. They are in the BIOS as functioning, and they are in Disk Management, but it appears the partitions are not recognizable. I've run utilities and I know that sector 0 is corrupted. I've run a Demo copy of a Disk Recovery tool, and I know my data is there, but I can't retrieve it without registering, which will set me back ~$150CDN. I don't have that kind of cash, and I'd really like to get my files back, if at all possible. Does anyone know of a free disk recovery tool, or a way to repair the NTFS boot sector?
On the old FAT drives, you could boot into DOS and run FDISK with the /MBR switch and everything would be fine again, but that won't work for NTFS, as DOS can't see NTFS (without special drivers).
Does anyone have any ideas out there as to how I could rememdy this?