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I recently had my old PC (has 3 physical hard drives partitioned into 6 partitions) off while on vacation. When I came back, I turned it on. I hadn't realized the room was warmer than it usually is due to hot weather while I was away. The computer was extremely slow to start up, then it crashed. When i rebooted, it got halfway through chkdsk on one of the non-system partitions, then crashed again. I opened it up and felt the hard drives and immediately shut down the computer and moved it to my basement to cool down because it was so hot.

I left it there for a length of time while I reinstalled the A/C. I have now turned it on again. It is working fine, and every drive except for the one with the partition that was being checked has appeared in Windows. I scheduled chkdsk for all of the other partitions anyway, just in case, but I'm worried about that drive. I'm pretty sure the drive itself hasn't broken but that crashing in the middle of a chkdsk repair may have corrupted the data. What would you do in this situation?

Most of the data on that drive was backed up, so it's not a huge deal if I lost it, but I'd like to get it back if I could. I also would love to regain usability of the drive, even if I have to wipe it -- but that's a last-resort sort of thing. What do you suggest I do?

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if you want to get the remainder of the files off it, boot into a live cd version of linux. Then mount the partition in linux, I have done this a few times when partitions are not accessible from windows.

If you recover the data, then format the drive.

If you can't recover the data, try a disk recover tool such as spinrite - www.grc.com, it has received great praise.

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From Administrative Tools menu (which might need to be de-hidden from Windows Explorer settings) pick "Computer Management" and there "Storage", "Disk Management". Now navigate to the problematic partition and right-click it. Pick "Properties", "Tools", "Error-checking", "Check now".

If this does not work, then it's either the Linux route or reformat. From the same tool, Disk Management, you can also select to re-format the partition.

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