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Good data recovery software?


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#1 genericsmith

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 02:42 PM

My external hard drive is giving me problems. Whenever I have it plugged in and try to go to the drive in My Computer it tells me that the drive is unformatted and asks if I want to format it now.


Using PC Inspector File Recovery I can browse the drive and it looks like all the files are still there and the program will let me copy some of the old files back to my main hard drive. Unfortunately I have a lot of movies and other large files on the hard drive and the program crashes quite often when I try to recover a lot at a time... especially with anything larger than image files it seems.

I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good file recovery program, preferably free. The drive is formatted as Fat32, if that makes a difference.

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 04:11 PM

Sometimes you can use a Linux Live Cd, such and Knoppix, Puppy, DSL (Damn Small Linux), or Ubuntu to recover files from a hard drive. each one has its own little differences, but for the most part if you boot any of these Live CD's there should be two Icons on the desktop for hard drives one is your internal and one is your external. from there it's a Copy and Paste or Drag and Drop operation just like Windows, provided the External drive is not completely ruined

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 06:50 PM

I appreciate the tip.

I have a question though. How does one go about getting one of those CDs? Do I just download something then burn it onto a CD?

Thanks again.

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 04:01 PM

Yes. Also recuva is a good program
Annnnd you're, asking, me...

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:32 PM

Sometimes you can use a Linux Live Cd, such and Knoppix, Puppy, DSL (Damn Small Linux), or Ubuntu to recover files from a hard drive. each one has its own little differences, but for the most part if you boot any of these Live CD's there should be two Icons on the desktop for hard drives one is your internal and one is your external. from there it's a Copy and Paste or Drag and Drop operation just like Windows, provided the External drive is not completely ruined


I did manage to get an iso of Ubuntu burned and I was able to explore my external drive. I was going to try a couple of the different Live CDs and see how they run, but it looks like I'll be able to get most of my data off of the drive.

Thanks a bunch!




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