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Falling hard drive. Important data. Need Advice.


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#1 johnpanich

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 03:49 AM

A couple months ago, my couple, self built in 2007 , windows xp , not sure what exact version, started hanging up on simple processes  intermittently. Unfortunately I was lazy (lesson learned ) and didnt back up my VERY important data. Eventually the problem got so bad I started getting BSOD . After a couple of those, my computer wouldnt even boot. So I installed a copy of Xp i had laying around on another hard drive, thinking I could get an enclosure case and transfer the important files off of the seemingly damaged hard drive onto my new one with a fresh copy of Windows Xp. Unfortunately, this is not working . The the hard drive powers on , but my computer does not read it . 

 

I tried enabling USB booting in my BIOS and boot the old drive. Id tried damn near every thing. Im almost considering the :PUT THE HARD DRIVE IN THE FREEZER METHOD, but I figured Id ask this awesome community for a second opinion first. 

 

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The computer wont even boot when I have the old hard drive plugged in via USB. It hangs up on the windows loading screen until i power the crapped out hard drive off or unplug the cord, then it continues with the boot. This leads me to believe theres major corruption on the disk, or a weird driver issue.

 

If I try to boot from old hard drive, whether it be via SATA or USB enclosure,  no matter whether I use safe mode, last known good configuration, safe mode with command , etc , it will give me a blue screen of death with the following....

 

Technical INformation:

STOP: 0x0000007B  (0xBA4C3524,0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

 

 

If i could just get it to read anywhere, any how for just 5 minutes tops, i could extract all the files I need and get on with my life. ANy incite on this matter would be GREATLY APPRCIATED!!

 

Thanks

 

John 

 

 



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#2 Sintharius

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 04:08 AM

Hello there,

If you need to retrieve important information from your hard drive, you can try using a live Linux CD. Puppy is pretty good for this purpose, as it is light and runs entirely on RAM.

You can check Bleeping Computer's Linux & Unix section, there are Linux enthusiasts that will help you in this task (to be honest I am not very familiar with Linux).

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 09:11 AM

A few quick notes: I have the best luck recovering data with the hard drive connected directly to the computer through sata or ata instead of USB. If you have the option to have multiple drives connected directly to the motherboard at the same time, I would do this method. Boot to your new drive (set it up in bios to boot to your new drive), and then try to recover data directly drive to drive, old to new.

 

Before you spend any money on software, I would suggest you try a version of linux as well as posted by Alex above. Often Linux will work with a hard drive when Windows will not.

 

There are a few software options which I have had luck using to recover data from a windows OS when the direct copy method is not working or not available: GetDataBack (get the right version for your partition table NTFS or FAT), RStudio, and then Recuva.

 

GetDataBack and RStudio are not free, Recuva is free. I have had better luck with the paid software than free. GetDataBack and RStudio seem to offer different results with each hard drive and in most cases I actually use both of these and sometimes other software as well to recover data. The good thing about GDB and RStudio is that they will work with drives which "require formatting" or are not seen as a drive letter, as long as they show up in Disk Management, you may be able to get some data back.

 

Just as a warning, the freezer method should be used as a very last resort only and also only if you do not intend to send the drive to data recovery specialists. If you do decide to freeze a drive, put it in a ziplock bag first. Only open the bag enough to get cables through. This will help prevent condensation on the drive and hopefully prevent your controller board from shorting out.

 

Drive Savers or Ontrack Recovery are 2 recovery specialists I have used in the past. It should be noted that these services are not cheap. FYI, I have never seen a recovery cheaper than $1000. There may be cheaper options available, I have not looked recently.


Edited by zingo156, 29 April 2015 - 09:13 AM.

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 10:09 AM

more choices... 

some free choices:
Wise Data Recovery
some pay-for choices:
ActivefileRecovery[demo].exe 
EaseusDataRecoveryWizard[free=1GBlimit].exe 
MiniToolpdrMediaBootBuilder.exe 
MiniToolPowerDataRecovery68[Free1GBmax].exe 
RestorerUltimate8[free=128KBlimit].exe 
RStudioDataRecovery7.exe 
RStudioFileUndelete4[free=64KBlimit].exe 
StellarPhoenixWindowsDataRecoveryHome.exe


Edited by RolandJS, 29 April 2015 - 10:11 AM.

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#5 johnpanich

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 09:10 PM

Thanks everyone!!. Based on my research and all of your input, I am going use a linux kernel disc like knoppix or whatever the Linux masters recommend. Knoppix has worked in that past. If that doesn't work ill try the free programs listed. Thanks guys wish me luck.
Thanks everyone!!. Based on my research and all of your input, I am going use a linux kernel disc like knoppix or whatever the Linux masters recommend. Knoppix has worked in that past. If that doesn't work ill try the free programs listed. Thanks guys wish me luck.

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:01 AM

Best of luck!


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