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#1 nate613

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 03:18 PM

During usage, my computer gave me a blue screen. I didn't think too much of it, and attempted a restart. The BIOS started loading until it stopped with an error: "error loading operating system". I thought it was software, but when I booted off my linux live usb, the drive didn't appear. Right now, my main concern is accessing the contents to back it up. Any help would be appreciated.

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#2 zingo156

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 03:32 PM

You could try unplugging the drive and plugging it back in, sometimes the connections get corroded. Try  different cables (power and sata/ide) and a different slot if you have one. Try the drive with a different computer if all else fails. If multiple computers can not see the drive at a bios level, you would likely need to send the drive in to a data recovery center, Ontrack DataRecover, Drive Savers etc. This is never a cheap thing to do. The lowest cost I have seen was around $1000.


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:59 PM

Hi,

Excellent advice. Hope that there is a recent backup or that the drive can be accessed as a slave in a different system. Otherwise it has become a landfill hockey puck. :(

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 11:22 PM

Sorry for the delay in response. I had a techie friend take a look at it. Most of the recovery programs he tried couldn't read that the drive was formatted and offered to reformat it. However, he eventually tried R-Studio and from there was able to do a raw scan and read the info. My info is currently being recovered to another drive. Sure as hell taught me a lesson about backing my stuff up... Thanks for your assistance.



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:31 AM

I have had decent luck with r-studio myself, that and get data back. Even if the disk is "raw".


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 12:25 PM

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I know you will remember to do backups for a short time. My recommendation would be to find a good backup utility and let it remember to do them for you from now on. I have mine set to run twice a week.

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