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Extracting Data & Files from Defective Hard Drive

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#1 EducatedGuess


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Posted 09 July 2011 - 11:14 AM

Hi, Everyone.

I'm wondering if there is a way to retrieve data and files from an internal HD that suddenly went bad. I have an older Gateway laptop with an 40GB HD that, on startup, suddenly started giving messages saying "No Operating System Found" and then, later, "The Disk Cannot Be Read" or something similar to that.

I put the drive in a Sabrent HD Enclosure and hooked it up to a different computer, but the drive could not be read.

I have already replaced the drive, and the laptop is back up and running.

Is it possible an OS system restore would make this drive operable again, or at least temporarily operable long enough to extract the files. Most of my crucial data has been backed up, but I do have some additional files I would like to get back.

I welcome input from people who are a little more knowledgable about how to do this than me.

Thank You,
Educated Guess

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#2 cryptodan


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Posted 09 July 2011 - 11:37 AM

I would try a Linux Live CD or maybe a program called Recuva to access the drive.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 12:26 PM

Thanks very much. I will look into these in a day or two.

Thanks Again!

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