Hard disk of your computer being the primary storage of your valuable data, any instance of data loss or inaccessibility causes a huge hue and cry. Microsoft Windows Vista-based computers many times, show problems using Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA) mode while attached with a SATA hard disk. The complication results in system failure and thereby data loss or inaccessibility. Under such circumstances, the best possible way to recover back your data from the hard drive is to run any hard drive recovery software.
Suppose, you are using a Microsoft Window Vista operating system based computer, which has a SATA hard disk with full hard disk encryption facility and you use PATA mode, then the system behaves abnormally and stops responding. Sometimes, the system crashes causing some file system corruption leading to data loss and inaccessibility.
The best possible way to start resolving an issue is to correctly find out the cause behind the problem. Here, as you sense a possible corruption to the file system, you must run ScanDisk to try repairing the corruption and check the health of the hard disk.
If the hard disk is accessible, then, below steps will guide you through the process of running ScanDisk from within the Windows:
Go to START, then PROGRAMS, then ACCESSORIES. After that point to SYSTEM TOOLS and within that click on ScanDisk.
Choose the disk or drive on which you want to perform the test.
Select the option THROUGH and then run the ScanDisk.
Following steps will guide you to run the ScanDisk from the command prompt, in case the system is not accessible:
Start the system in DOS mode.
Press ENTER after typing the following command:
Note: <x> meants the letter of the hard disk you are checking.
Once, the ScanDisk finishes the initial check, it prompts for a surface scan on the drive. Allow it by clicking on YES or press ENTER.
If the above processes fail to fix the errors, then your data remains inaccessible and you have to restore the same from your backup server. In case, you have not taken backup or backup also fails to restore your valuable data, then only any hard drive recovery software can recover your data back.
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