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Desktop Hard Drive Failure. Possible Data Recovery?

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#1 Viperhoa


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Posted 18 November 2012 - 02:18 PM

I recently had a boot load error upon startup and the message of ctrl+alt+del to restart. It did not make it to the Windows 7 Splash screen.

Here is some of the information about the hard drive:
Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit OS installed
2 Partitions
About 5 years old. SATA.

Just replace the hard drive with a WD 1TB and installed Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit and everything works fine with the new drive.

My question: is it possible to recover/copy the data off the old 500gb drive and move it to the new drive?

My answer is yes, but my problem is more complicated.

My issues are as follows:
BIOS recognizes the old hard drive and I placed it as a slave. Windows 7 loads but does not recognize it in either "My computer" or "Disk Management"

What I have already done:

I have tried using seagate's diskwizard but it says it has to have a seagate hard drive installed which it is not recognizing.

I have used a few data recover tools and they don't see the hard drive.

I installed and used Ubuntu. I was able to mount the secondary partition and view the files on it. Haven't transfered those yet. I am unable to mount the primary partition and recieved an error telling me to run chkdsk /f problem is, I can't run chkdsk without Windows seeing my drive.

I have also tried the Windows install disks and it doesn't see the hard drive to repair/recover/reformat

I also installed the hard drive in another desktop and same issue.

The hard drive isn't making any noise, so I think it just may be corrupted.

So, is it possible to recover any data from the main partition? Thank you in advance for anything that I could try.

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#2 scurvychef


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Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:41 PM

Awhile back the file system on my girlfriend's SD camera card became corrupt. These technique worked for photo recovery. I image it would work just as well for file recovery. It may take you a little while to thumb through all the extra system files and junk just trying to find the stuff that matters.

You will likely have to mount the hard drive as a removable drive via a usb drive and access it through a windows environment.


good luck!

#3 the_patriot11


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Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:06 PM

you can try ultimate boot CD, Ive had the most luck getting files off of toasted hard drives with itm but its not garenteed. Good news is its free, and good for a great many things so you have nothing to lose.




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