020727 Ooops! HD in 6886 lost it's partition table (QaPlus/Pro)
To the News Group, Dan K. asked LLFing IDE drives in 6885 ( or 6886 ). I vaguely remember that there were such menu in QaPlus/Pro. Picked up some versions of QaPlus/Pro and run it on my 6886 ( active system for daily internet mail and web browsing and other jobs ). Examined each menu in QaPlus/Pro and confirmed it has LLF menu. Funny thing is that selecting DISK Utility line with Enter key leads you to utility page with HD information section but LLF menu section is left blank. In order to get real LLF menu you need to do following steps;
1. Select DISK Utility line using cursor key. Do not press Enter
key there but just highlight the line.
Well, I checked each menu and read some explanations about its function.
I rebooted the system twice or more to the reference menu ( not QaPlus/Pro
) to see how the drive was reported. I even booted to DOS and checked the
drive under FDISK. Before I quite QaPlus/Pro I again entered
HD Utility menu and run a program that I can't recall exactly what it was.
It seemed that the program tried to read HD sectors or clusters so I quite
the program immediately. As far as I remember I didn't run
LLFing program nor DISK Erase program. I quite the QAPlus/Pro and
reboot the system. Few second latter I got I900xxxxx error on the
screen . what happened? " No system found in the boot
drive" !!! Well, sometime my 6886 lost screen,
CPU refused to run and needed to be reseated firmly to the
socket, SIMM contacts wanted to get cleaned with Ethanol....
Did all, set SIMMs and CPU back into the box, fired it up but I still
got I900xxxx. Placed a PC DOS floppy in FDD and checked the C drive,
FDISK notified me that there was no system partition defined on the
drive. Partition table seemed to be corrupted, erased
and lost . Mails, email addresses, internet articles, program files downloaded
from various site, news group log files in Netscape local folders,
many scripts and draft works for my PS/55 information page, GIF images
that I draw with instructions by Louis and william W. and everything gathered
during my 2 yearlong stay in Okinawa were Gone With the QaPlus/Pro !
I detached the hard drive from 6886.
It should be kept safely without overwriting on any sectors thus there some of files could be
revived using data recovery programs such as Norton Disk Utility.... didn't know others
Sent a email to Dan about QaPlus/Pro using my daughter's PC.
without it's boot drive lost it's regular position on my desk and was placed
Well, you are now
reading my page. Does it mean I could I find backup copies stored