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Trying To Recover Data From A Drive


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#1 Martel

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 06:48 PM

HP4560US
winXP home
Hitachi 2.5" drive 40gig
NTFS

My 40 gig drive was 99% full and then I put way too many pictures in it, when I shut down it asked me if I would like to compress.
I answered yes and left it overnight.

The next morning it would not boot.

It never booted again, all attempts to view my files from the computer or an external cage are a not.

Is there a way to uncompress?

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 07:26 PM

Hello Martel,

If the hard drive wont boot and can't be read by an external system then there are severe problems with the drive. Sending it of to data recovery specialists might be the only option. Do you have the original system? If so you could try using a Linux live CD to boot the system.
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:02 PM

I don't know what the original system means..

I have the laptop that the drive was in.


I also never heard of Linux live.

I tried UBCD but it was a over my head

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 07:55 AM

From what I read, you may need to try to use a second computer to read the hard drive.

It seems that your situation is twofold...because you cannot boot into the O/S. Do you have an XP CD? If so, I would load it and see if it can see your current install as a Windows install. If it can, I would try running both the chkdsk /r command and the fixmbr command.

I am guessing that the reason you cannot boot that drive...is that file compression has changed the file structures...but that's just a guess.

http://ask-leo.com/should_i_use_windows_fi...ompression.html

http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009...icle.asp?ID=648

I think that I would try attaching that hard drive to another system...and then try to access the files from there (with the intent of moving/uncompressing some of the data files).

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 09:59 AM

The original system is the computer the hard disk came from. you mentioned you have tried it in an external cage; I thought you might not have the original system.

Ubuntu is a good Linux distro found at http://www.ubuntu.com/ if you download the live CD version from here you can then copy it to a CD. It has been my experience that Linux is able to perform wonders in the data recovery area with very little effort.

Simply download the file and use a CD authoring suite to extract the contents to the CD. Put the CD in and start the system. If it works then you will be able to navigate to your files and folders by going to (in Ubuntu) Places=>My Computer=> File system Then you can copy the files to a USB drive.
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