I have three HD's 1 pri master, 2 pri slave, CD on sec master and a WD 1200JB drive on sec slave partitioned as a 32 FAT logical drive of 120 GB in WinXP.
I shut off the computer yesterday and rebooted, and WinXP froze at LOGO upon boot up. I restored WinXP with Ghost and it still freezes upon boot up at LOGO screen.
I traced problem to WD1200JB drive and ran Scandisk from DOS. Scandisk freezes at about 6% into FAT allocation testing. I booted to DOS and ran Spinrite -- same thing. If I remove the drive from the system, WinXP boots up without any problems.
I have NOT written or deleted files on this drive. I have managed to save some files using DOS copy command. Is there any way of saving this drive and contents in DOS without reformatting it?
This was first published in October 2003