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Failed Hard Drive: Lost Everything or Recoverable!?


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#1 Yahooforyourhelp

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 02:03 PM

Hello All...

So my Laptop Computer suddenly gave me the BIOS start up message 'NO BOOTABLE DISK- check connections'. I have tried booting many ways and when I use a boot disk to run a scan, it can't because apparently there's nothing on the drive to scan.

Long story short, I connected a hard drive SATA reader to another Windows Computer through USB. It cannot read the hard drive and wants to format the drive to read it. This obviously defeats the entire purpose of trying to recover my documents.

The computer is under warranty for new Hard Drive replacement, so I'm getting a new hard drive. But I'm still unable to recover using this SATA USB Reader without formatting the drive.

Any rescue tips here? Everyone here has been so helpful and I feel like I am missing something simple here... or maybe not? The drive doesn't make any odd sounds, in fact when I connect it to the SATA Reader it even sounds as if it spins normally.


Any help?

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#2 Yahooforyourhelp

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:11 PM

Anybody? This is a tough one....

Sure does seem like I should be able to read the drive using a SATA reader without having to format it if the computer is recognizing it through the SATA reader.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:24 PM

Seems that data-recovery software may help. Some programs members have reported using successfully:

Partition Find and Mount free partition recovery software - http://findandmount.com/

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

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:41 PM

Hmm, I'm interested to see if this software works considering I'll be using an external computer to mount them. Thank you!

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 05:27 PM

Hi

Okay, I'm hesitant because I have never done this with someone through a forum and I don't know your skill level.

The main thing to do to insure the best chance for success is make a copy of the bad drive and set it aside. Then work on the copy.

Personally, I do this by using Clonezilla to boot the machine that I have the bad drive and the empty good drive connected to.
http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live.php

Then in Clonezilla, I get to a command prompt and use ddrescue
ddrescue --help
for options and this page for the manual
http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/manual/ddrescue_manual.html

This way, I copy all of the data on the bad drive to the good drive. Then I run recovery tools on the good drive. If I screw it up, I still have the bad drive and I try again.

If someone has an easier way please chime in as I'm not sure that I could walk someone through this unless they were comfortable with Linux command line.

James




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