Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:31 AM
I had my Laptop of 4-5 yrs fail a few weeks ago with a constant BSOD on boot, rather than explore any further I saw this as the perfect excuse to get a new desktop. I also had an external drive which I would use to back up the laptop every month or so and thus I have managed to recover most of my important files (accounts, work stuff etc) before that decided to die no big problem I thought and also I was particularly happy with myself for actually being this prepared!
Unfortunately I've now realised that there are a few more files which I wouldn't mind having (photos etc) and some more up-to-date versions of my work files since it failed just before I was due to back it up.
I've removed my SATA HDD from my laptop and have it plugged into my desktop currently. I can access its recovery drive (which has nothing of use in it) but I can't access the local drive which it says is unreadable/corrupted. I'm a bit confused as I assumed that the whole drive would be corrupted rather than one partition?
If I right click I'm given the option to format the old local drive but will this remove all the data I'm trying to recover? Is it a lost cause or is there any freeware/open source programs to help gain access to this part of the HDD ?
Thanks in advance.
(oh and if its any use running Win7)