This maybe a long story but sometimes details
make the difference...
So we had some people over last week and I was playing music from my laptop that was on a table, when typically it ended up getting knocked off but it didn't hit the ground directly as it landed in our dogs bed!
It was hooked up to some speakers and the music was still playing so I thought it was fine, but when I tried to load Chrome not long after it seemed to "lock up" with the busy pointer spinning, music was still going but the drives activity light was on solid and nothing was happening. Chrome was half loaded up but I was unable to do anything while in this state, so I left it for a little while only to find still nothing was happening, I had to try a hard reset and turned it off, but once Windows (7) started loading the HDD just give up after a lengthy wait, it just sits there at the Windows logo.
So about the HDD: It's just a 250gb SATA with 3 partitions, one for the OS, one for my data and another one as other storage. I'm not really bothered about data loss on the OS partition, but there is
data I would like to retrieve from my data partition before I bin it, I don't have the money for a new one right now so it would be good just to get it in a working state for a little while at least.
I assumed the drive (or OS partition) had sustained some physical damage so I thought a surface scan would resolve this, I tried to boot into Hirens CD's Mini-XP only to find it stops just before it loads the desktop as it required some drive activity and at this point it just gives up, next I booted into a recovery console (Using a disk I created a while back) and started a chkdsk surface scan, things were going OK up until it hit 25% where again, the drive just gives up; I tried this twice with the same result.
Next I borrowed SpinRite from a friend and tried this. For any of you who are unfamiliar it's an advanced surface scanning tool... the trouble I had with this is the sheer time it was taking was completely unrealistic, it was
scanning through bad sectors but it took 3 DAYS
to "complete" 0.348%
of the 64gb OS partition, this just isn't good enough.
So since then it's just been sat there, I was wondering if anybody knew of any surface scanning tools that are any good for this situation. I think SpinRite isn't what I need yet Windows check disk isn't good enough
I've been away for a few days so I'm just going to look on the Western Digital site to see if they have any tools that can help.
Thanks in advance