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#1 lt_dan


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Posted 22 December 2004 - 06:06 PM

Hi - I've searched for other threads on this topic, forgive me for starting a new one since I couldn't find what I was looking for.

My hard drive failed the other night. I have some stuff backed up, but not everything and (of course) not some really important (and sensitive) files.

I'm sure the powers that be have been through this drill - what do you recommend as far as a service I can use to get my data off the hard drive?

Thanks in advance.

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#2 JEservices


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Posted 22 December 2004 - 06:10 PM

Do you have another HD that you can install, so that you can use the messed up one as a secondary drive?

You may be able to check out a few data recovery centers locally. Even some Mom&Pop computer stores could help out.

Do you have another computer that you can network to it? Assuming that the other one can boot at all.

Would you mind telling me what happened to the HD? Also, how much information do you need to get off-Megabytes, Gigabytes?
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#3 lt_dan

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Posted 23 December 2004 - 09:38 AM

All of a sudden it stopped working.

The computer won't recognize it anymore. I had a friend of mine talk me through rearranging the IDE cables and whatnot and trying to get it to recognize it. The computer won't even boot up as long as that particular drive is connected to the system in any way.

So I bought a new hard drive to replace that one, and apparently it was too big for my power supply, because I fried the power supply and now I have to get a new one and hope that works.

I have a 120GB hard drive that failed, and I need to get most of what's on it off it. It wasn't full, but there's probably 100GB of stuff I need to get off it. Including some irreplaceable data.

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Posted 23 December 2004 - 10:49 AM

This doesn't work in all hdd failure cases it depends on what's caused the problem in the first place, but I've recovered data doing this in the past. Put the hdd in the freezer overnight (make sure that you've got all the air out of the plastic bag you put it in), take it out and plug it into the PC and see if it boots.

If it works you will need to work quickly and keep the hdd cool for as long as possible as the hdd will fail again and you might not get it back again using the same process. If you have hdd cooling fans make sure you attach them, if you have a large room fan get that and point it at the hdd (hoover out the case if it's dusty :thumbsup: ) keep it cool.

Copy off all the data you need. Just remember if this works you are working against the clock, make sure you've got everything ready that you need and target the data that's most important first YOU MIGHT NOT GET A SECOND CHANCE.

This has worked in the past for me on hdd's which aren't recognised so you might get lucky.

Hopefully the file system won't be corrupt which will mean you can just copy the data off the bad hdd onto the new one, but here are some freeware data recovery tools, download and play with them first, the downside of using any data recovery tool is that you might not get the time you need to use them.

For free data recovery software see here:
Disk Inspector - http://www.theabsolute.net/sware/dskinv.html
PC Inspector File Recovery - http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm
Handy Recovery - http://www.handyrecovery.com/

File copiers
UnCHK & FileCHK - http://ericphelps.com/uncheck/
Unstoppable File Copier - http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~roadkil/

Edited by stidyup, 23 December 2004 - 10:52 AM.

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