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Dead(ish) harddrive I may have messed up with software


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#1 call.me.FRUTA

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 05:57 PM

Hi all, I pulled a harddrive from a dead laptop and put it into a good laptop trying to get the photos (per usual).

 

Originally I put the harddrive inside and was running Spinrite 6 on it. Spinrite was crazy slow- saying it will take 158 more hours to complete. I canceled it after waiting 16hrs. I tried other software programs but haven't been able to get it to work. Now, software often doesn't see the disk. I've tried having the disk inside and also connecting via USB.

Testdisk 7.0 sees it but I don't know how to use it and may have messed up using it (I never did select "write"). I'm thinking this program has shown the most promise. The errors lead me to believe the problem is with the drive not knowing where data is rather than the data being unreadable (if that makes sense; I'm in over my head here).

 

These programs don't see the drive:

  1. Windows 8
  2. Wondershare Photo Recovery,
  3. Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery - Professional,

Spinrite 6  can see it but errors out immediately

 

R-Studio (free version) sees it but reports "Read disk  at position 1317899xxxx failed after 1 attempts. The handle is invalid (6)" every second it is scanning.


FYI: I'm in Accra, Ghana, so taking it in to a specialist just isn't a easy thing to do. Thanks for any help!



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 05:37 AM

Try using a USB connection on the Faulty Drive to the good laptop and run a Scan and Fix you can read here howto

https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/kb/2641432

 

If that fixes any errors you could then try Recuva from Piriform to get any Data / Or try in the Original Laptop.

 

If that still doesnt work , you can try booting from a Linux Distro / Knoppix / Puppy / {ISO} burnt to a disc and boot from that on the good laptop.

You can then explore the other drive via a USB connected to that Laptop.

 

If that still fails and after everything you have tried previously , the drive may be to far gone , and to get any Data from it would have to be done Proffesionally.



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 07:17 AM

Unfortunately, Windows does not recognize the drive. Nor does Recuva or a live cd.

 

Testdisk 7.0 and Spinrite are the only things that actually note the drive exist.






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