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Dead Hard Drive (Recover Data)

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#1 cycle


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 09:57 AM

I have a bad hard drive in a system and would like to recover data from it. I have a Hard Drive to USB cable Adapter that I've used many times it works great. I can hook up any ATA, IDE hard drive and plug it into a USB port and the computer will treat it as an external hard drive.

However, on this hard drive it more than the boot sector being bad. Even using my cable adapter the computer recognizes the hard drive but says 0 bytes are on it.

Is there any other tool or procedure I can use to recover the data?

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 11:20 AM


Recuva or Diskdigger. Try those first as they are free. The possibility exists you might have actual hardware damage and might need professional recovery services.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:35 PM

A utility which does not require the partition to be visible in XP...would be either of the GetDataBack utilities (one for NTFS, one for FAT).

Although it will scan and reflect files which are recoverable from the demo, a license is required to actually recover anything.


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