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Hard Drive crashed, can I access the files on there?


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#1 Armenua

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 01:37 PM

I had an HP Pavillion Tower with Windows 7 factory installed.

 

I recently got attacked by a virus, which crashed my hard drive. It was not backed up ><

but no matter, because my computer wont acknowledge the hard drive is even there, even tho it is hooked in. I have bought a new hard drive and installed Windows 7 Home Premium on it.

 

Is there anyway for me to recover those files, anyway I can get the computer to read the drive? Im not that experienced in all this, but just was wondering what can I do. if anythng. Or do I just have to accept they are gone forever. 

 

PS If I am in the wrong forum, please move me.

 

 



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 01:45 PM

you can buy a HDD enclosure which would allow you to hook up your old hard drive via USB



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 02:01 PM

you can buy a HDD enclosure which would allow you to hook up your old hard drive via USB

Or a SATA/IDE to USB adapter (usually comes with data restoration kits).


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Posted 04 August 2015 - 02:04 PM

Mikey11 has an idea, another option is a USB to SATA cable, most online stores sell them:

 

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2036718/why-its-a-good-idea-to-own-a-usb-to-sata-adapter.html



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 03:30 PM

Since you have a desktop, there's no need to buy any USB device...you should have the ability to simply connect your old drive as a secondary storage device connected directly to the motherboard.

 

What is the specific Pavilion model?

 

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 04:06 PM

Thanks for the answers guys. 

 

Im trying to get the original HD out of the tower, but it is really attached lol. 

I have tried connecting it as a 2ndary hard drive, but it just does not recognize it at all, like it's not even in there.

Oh, and it somehow decided my CD/DVD drive doesn't exist anymore too....

It's an HP p7-1054 PC


Edited by Armenua, 04 August 2015 - 04:07 PM.


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Posted 04 August 2015 - 04:49 PM

There are any number of programs that you can try...no guarantees of detection and/or recovery of files.

 

Data Recovery , GParted, AA - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic474881.html

 

Data Recovery Using Puppy Linux, Brooks - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/489067/dual-boot-system-bluescreens-1-of-my-startup-choices/

 

Data Recovery Using Parted Magic, AA

 

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

 

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

 

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 06:11 PM

I found an app that would put the ISO for windows 7 onto my USB and I was able to install Windows 7 again onto my new hard drive. So far, it's smooth sailing.

 

Soon as all this is done, I will try the apps you have given me to try and recover the files from my trashed previous HD. 

 

Thanks so much for the help!!






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