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Offline Snowcrash Topic starter
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Once again my flatmate's machine has helped me learn more  Undecided angry

After an overheat / switch off of his machine (fan dead, sorted now) he got a HDD not showing up in Windows Explorer. After checking disc management (right click 'My Computer' and then click 'Manage') it was showing as 'Dynamic Invalid'.
At first I thought all data was lost and the HDD was dead. After doing a 'drive fittness test' I realised the hardware was fine, something else was corrupted.
I wont bore you with the software that wouldn't do it and wanted me to pay for it, I'll just give the answer.
Download this hex editor. Free but has a donate button.
And follow these instructions.

Assuming, of course, you have the same problem.

I love the Interweb.  shades
Posted August 03, 2011, 21:04:05 PM Logged
“I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Offline Data
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Nice, I bet your flatmate is happy about that.

You did well tracking down the problem and then finding a fix, it would have been easy to say ”the drives dead you need a new one”.

I make that two dead HDD’s fixed over the last year or so.
Posted August 04, 2011, 11:43:55 AM Logged

Offline Snowcrash Topic starter
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The drive was still in warrenty, was about to start jumping through the RMA hoops.

Thought I'd post it here in case others have had a similar problem. No data loss at all.
Posted August 04, 2011, 18:33:17 PM Logged
“I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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