Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:21 AM
I was just curious if anyone had any other ideas oh ways to recover data from a hard drive. Let me tell you what is happening and what I have tried so far.
The computer was brought to me because it wouldn't boot up anymore. It is a Dell Dimension, approx. 3.5 years old. I fired it up and it will not load windows. Keeps stating to press F1 to retry. I checked in the BIOS, and it is recognizing that there is a HDD there and giving all info about it. I have tried safe mode, last known good config, and all of the same results. I was able to boot to Knoppix, but it wouldn't let me view the drive. I tried slaving the drive on another computer, and couldn't see it. I tried using an IDE to usb converter and nothing. The drive will actually spin, but it won't read. I am just seeing if anyone has any other ideas other than sending it to a data recovery firm such as Ontrack.