The wife’s laptop stopped booting into Windows on Thursday night. After a bit of fiddling around, I was finally able to determine there were some drive errors on her drive. I used Seagate’s SeaTools which was on the Ultimate Boot CD to check out the drive. The report indicated that the drive was “defective” but it might be possible to do a low-level format and save the drive.
I purchased an external enclosure and and have installed the disk in it. I’m in the midst of copying the files from the hard disk to another external disk. I’m doing this even though I have a backup which was created on Wednesday night (i.e., one day’s data missing).
I’ll update this post when I’ve finished with the copying, low level formatting, and rerunning SeaTools.
Update — The drive failed the tests after completing the low level formatting . The good news is that the drive has been zeroed out and no personal data can be retrieved. The bad news is I have to go get another drive.