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Salvaging data off my old hard drive


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#1 phant0m

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 12:31 AM

Not sure if this is in the correct forum or not. I apologize if it is not. It's sort of an internal to external hardware problem.

Recently my laptop's hard drive (a Western Digital Scorpio) crashed on me. I ended up getting a new one and I'm already up and running on it. However, I have some very important files I would desperately like to recover from my old drive.

A friend of mine had an issue with a crashed HDD and was able to get data off of it by getting a USB disk enclosure for it so it mocked as an external hard drive. So I bought one.

However, when I hook it up to my computer, it takes a while to recognize it, and once it does and I try to access it stalls and if Windows Explorer doesn't crash I get a pop-up that says the drive is not formatted and asks me if I'd like to do so (which I obviously don't, I want to recover the data).

I've tried accessing it in safe mode and Windows Explorer crashes there as well.

Is there anything else I can do? I'm not yet ready to accept I've lost everything until I've exhausted every option trying to get my stuff back.

Thank you so much in advance. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Also, if it's important... I've got a Dell Inspiron E1505 and I'm running Windows XP Pro with SP2.

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:14 AM

If the crashed hard drive failed due to a hardware error, it will be difficult to recover the data since the storage medium itself could be damaged. There might be forensic tools that might work or perhaps a professional data recovery company.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 02:36 AM

When you are able to access the drive, can you run a chkdsk on it? Maybe that will help. I had to purchase a recovery program a couple of years ago, a cheap one, that recovers after a quick format and does a pretty good job of it. If all else fails you might want to look into something like that.. :thumbsup:
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