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Cna data be retrieve from dead hard drive?


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#1 Clydesdale™

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 09:51 PM

My 1 terabyte external hard drive (Seagate) died. I can still hear a very light squeeching noise inside but that's it. It's toats and I have over 500 gigs of important data in it. Is there a way to retrieve the data?

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 11:15 PM

I would try booting up into a live CD like SystemRescueCD. The live CD stores in your ram so maybe you can get some data from your HDD

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 12:10 AM

Is this hdd recognized in My Computer or Disk Management?

Have you tried a different USB port, or another cable?

Have you tried accessing this hdd from another computer?

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 05:27 AM

Is there a way to retrieve the data?

Have a read through the excellent information in the following link:
DjLizard's data recovery guide

Removing the hard drive from the USB enclosure and attaching it directly to the motherboard of a desktop computer eliminates one potential source of data corruption in the process of copying data from the faulty hard drive to a good hard drive.
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 10:41 AM

Removing the hard drive from the USB enclosure and attaching it directly to the motherboard of a desktop computer eliminates one potential source of data corruption in the process of copying data from the faulty hard drive to a good hard drive.


To remove the hdd from the enclosure may destroy the enclosure since some are not designed to be disassembled. For that reason I held off from suggesting this until the other options had been tried.

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 11:14 AM

Is this hdd recognized in My Computer or Disk Management?

Have you tried a different USB port, or another cable?

Have you tried accessing this hdd from another computer?

None of those work. The XHD does not even get warm but I do hear a light squeeshing noise inside when I put my ear to it.

Is there a way to retrieve the data?

Have a read through the excellent information in the following link:
DjLizard's data recovery guide

Removing the hard drive from the USB enclosure and attaching it directly to the motherboard of a desktop computer eliminates one potential source of data corruption in the process of copying data from the faulty hard drive to a good hard drive.



Removing the hard drive from the USB enclosure and attaching it directly to the motherboard of a desktop computer eliminates one potential source of data corruption in the process of copying data from the faulty hard drive to a good hard drive.


To remove the hdd from the enclosure may destroy the enclosure since some are not designed to be disassembled. For that reason I held off from suggesting this until the other options had been tried.

I will look into all of these options; thank you for the suggestions. I will reply if I retrieve any data.

DAMN IT.... 500 gigs of data lost. All of my company stuff gone. Now I have to buy 2 HD, one to back up the other back up. That's what it boils down to. :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 11:28 AM

One of the things that I like to suggest is to back up your important data with two different type of media. An external hdd with software that will automatically update is my first choice in situation where the computer is dedicated to a specific application. The second means of backing up data I suggest is either CDs or DVDs. If good media is used, and it is stored properly it will last for about a decade.

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 11:39 AM

If this isn't a mechanical failure, there is a program that you might be interested in using to try to retrieve your data. It is Partion Find & Mount.

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 02:06 PM

A hard drive died on me once - I think it was a mechanical failure of some kind, and a local computer repair place rescued my data onto a thumb drive for me. They said data rescue was sometimes possible and sometimes not, depending on exactly what had happened with the hard drive. I think they told me that if the data is still intact on the drive it can be rescued, but not if the data was corrupted.




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