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Need help getting files off bad hard drive


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#1 Hallie1213

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 02:06 PM

Hello! I have been working with JSntgRvr in another forum trying to get my computer to work (it won't boot at all). It appears that the hard drive is dead. However, there are some files I would like to try to get off of it. Hoping for some help in doing that. I am able to see the files when using xPud. I would be really appreciative of any help you could provide! I put a link to the other topic below. Thanks!


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#2 hamluis

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 02:43 PM

Data recovery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_recovery

Some data recovery options you might try:

Data Recovery - Lunarsoft Wiki - http://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/Data_Recovery

GetDataBack - Data Recovery Software - http://runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

Recovery Software, Partition Table Doctor - http://www.ptdd.com/

Recovery Software, Recover My Files - http://www.recovermyfiles.com/

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download - http://www.piriform.com/recuva

I only vouch for the effor that GetDataBack provides, I've not used any of the others but others here have reported success with each.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 02:44 PM

Backup your important files to an external media using xPUD:
  • Connect your external hard drive or flashdrive.
  • Boot the ailing computer to the xPUD CD.
    A Welcome to xPUD screen will appear.
  • Click on File.
  • Expand the mnt icon on the left (click on the little arrow beside the icon).
    • sda1, sda2 etc. ...usually correspond to your HDD partitions
    • sdb1, sdc1 is likely to correspond to a USB flashdrive, external USB hard drive etc.
  • Copy your important files to an external hard drive or flashdrive.
    • Open your hard drive partition and navigate to the files/folders that you wish to copy.
    • Select multiple files/folders by holding down the <CTRL> key and selecting them all.
    • Use right-click > Copy
    • Navigate to your external media, and in the right-side window pane, use right-click > Paste.
To shut down the computer:
  • Home > Power off
Success?
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:33 PM

Total Success! Thank you so much - I was able to get all the pictures of my kids from the last 6 months off of there!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 09:53 PM

Thanks for letting us all know that you were succesful!
Always keep your important stuff in at least two places.
Good Job :thumbup2:
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Posted 27 October 2011 - 12:26 AM

No worries.

Do you need any assistance with the hard drive issue? You should next run a test of the hard drive before discarding it, to confirm that it does have a problem. Do you have Windows installation disk(s) for the XP operating system to install on a new hard drive? It may be possible to salvage the operating system partition &/or the recovery partition (if it has one) if necessary.

Let us know if you would like any further assistance.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:13 AM

u can use this winPE bootable disk to boot and recover files.




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