Banged my notebook with the train’s door two days ago (oh, kids). The disk couldn’t boot up any longer, “Operating System not found” … what a good timing, I had to submit an evaluation result for a conference poster yesterday! (it crashed a week ago as well, an hour before my presentation .. and back then two years ago, it (different hd actually) crashed five days just before my dissertation submission date.)

Back up, NOW! or never!

Windows XP setup disk, Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux, nor GParted can found any partition.. only blank disk. I guess the master boot record is corrupted, but all the data is still there intact, … any idea how to recover them ? read more