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I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)


i have a scSi disk 36.4GB, i lost information from it and tried to recover with other recovery softwares to no avail finally i got winhex & got the professional licence.

i can now be able to see all the information on the 1 whole NTFS partition, but the problem is that i can't be able to recover it.
when ever i open the logical drive i can see all the information and most of the information is stack up in a "free space" which is around 33gb which i can be able to see has all the information that i need.
i have tried to recover the free space but its only copied to the location that i specify and no recoveries are made.
recovering the files by type/ name has bore no fruits.

a freind told me i have to curve out that area and use data extractors to get the information out of that area (freee space).

the information in that drive are sql data bases and zip files. whats the header for sql.

what techniques do i use to curve out that space and be abele to extract the information, for i can even read the information in text format.

which are the data extractors available in the market

kindly assist its quite urgent i get this information out

A:data extractors / sql header [Hard Drive data recovery]

I don't know where this thread properly belongs -- but I suspect the question may be too esoteric for most here.

Since it involves data recovery from a hard drive I'm going to move it to Hardware, I think "all other software" is not likely to have anyone with this type of experience.

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I finally got around to taking my computer to a professional after having it fail to boot. The drive is dead. He couldn't access it by any means.

So it looks like a data recovery service is my last option to actually pull the drive itself apart and physically make the data accessable and copy it. I can find several online, but have no idea of one over the other. And with pricing done on a case by case basis according to thier sites, all I can find is that these services are 'expensive'.

I'd like to have an idea of what 'expensive' is prior to contact some of these places. Best I can find any discussion of is a low range of $500-$1,000 and moving up from there.

Does anyone have any hard number ranges? Anyone have experience with or recommendations for any data recovery services?

I'm not sure how much I'm really willing to spend on this. I hadn't been regularly backing up because I never considered most of my stuff to be very worthwhile. I have most of my music on my iPod, so I wasn't worried about losing most of that, but I know there is some there I will lose. The real problem is that just about all the pictures of my daughter for the last six months are on there. And of course with a newborn, I didn't have the time to setup a backup system or manually do it.

I wasn't sure what section this would best fit in. If it should go elsewhere, let me know.

As always, thanks for any help. I appreciate the time.

A:Dead hard drive. Data recovery services.

I think there's a $50 evaluation fee but you're not charged further if they can't recover the data. Very good at what they do (employ both software and hardware recovery methodology-the cheaper ones usually only have software), not cheap but not outrageous either.

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I am just try to figure out some thing which works best out of these two. As recently have gone through a recovery company Stellar Data Recovery http://www.stellarinfo.co.in/company/company.php . And after surveying i found companies proving software also.
The services paid more isnt it?  but the recovery is maximum. what you think?

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So I posted earlier about how I forgot the password of my Western Digital MyBook Essentail 2.0 harddrive.

I gave up, and pursued another option. Data recovery. I read that basically when data gets deleted, it just loses it's tag, so it can be replaced by something else. Therefore, if you delete your data, but never read/write on the drive, you should be able to recover many/all the files you lost.

If you enter the password wrong 4 times on the Smartware that comes with the MyBook, it gives you the option to erase your drive, losing all your data, but enabling you to access the drive again. It wipes it basically. I also think it reformatted it too, as it used to be in what Macintosh calls it, "ms dos" format or something (probably fat right?) It was in a format so it could be read/writable on both macs and pc's.

So I took the risk and went for it. I erased the drive after typing in what i wished was my password but wasn't 4 times.

Now I am trying to find software that I might be able to use to fix this predicament I'm in. At the moment, I am going to go to bed, and leave test disk running. It's quick scan only found two partitions, some efs thing that I didn't recognize, and mac hfs.

I think I watched on youtube this guy demo'd test disk and the name of his partition showed up too. I named my harddrive yonbanme. I didn't see anything like that pop up (now, the harddrive's name is reset to WD1100 or something, it'... Read more

A:data recovery on an external hard drive: please help

Sometimes you can recover data and sometimes you cannot. You are correct in that when you do a normal delete, you are really just removing the references to the file in the MFT or if fat32, the FAT.

Since it did format, and there was some type of security, it may have done a secure type of format or erase of the data. It may still be possible to recover data however it is most likely going to have to go to a data recovery shop. Prices for this are NOT cheap. Here a very basic data recovery costs $100 plus whatever media it used to copy the data. Prices go way up from there.

It does you little good now however we have a saying; "Data you do not have at least two copies of is data you do not care about" With an image backup of the data files, this would be a no brainer to fix. New drive and restore the data; done.

You have learned a valuable lesson regarding backups; hopefully it did not cost you too much data.

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> I took this drive to the Geek Squad and they checked it, actually, disassembled it
Inside most "external" disk-drives is a standard "internal" disk-drive.
An "internal" disk-drive has two major components -- the electronics & I/O adapter, and the "spinning" part.
The electronic components can easily be separated and replaced.
But, the difficulty is in finding an identical (or nearly so) component from the same manufacturer, to replace any "fried" electronics.
The "spinning" part was sealed in a "clean-room", to preserve the recording surfaces and the electric motor that spins the recording surfaces.
So, if they disassembled it, and connected the disk-drive as an "internal" disk-drive,
and their computer could not detect the disk-drive, then the electronics have been damaged.
If the electronics is OK, maybe it's the motor that spins the disk-drive that has failed.
> told me that the only way to recover the information within the disk is to send it to a special room (pure air room)
> and extract the disk and assemble it on another drive case. 
They probably are correct -- in a "clean-room" the recording-surfaces can be extracted from within the "sealed" container, and mounted into another container, just surviving long enough to copy all your data files onto a brand-new disk-drive.
A commercial "data-recovery-surface" can do the two "levels":
* replacing the electronics plate -- probably not too ex... Read more

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Problem: I suspect my external hard drive is old/worn out.

Symptoms: Device manager recognizes it as a USB device under Hard Disk, but disk management calls it unknown and not initialized.
No drive letter is shown under my computer. When I plug in the hard drive I would hear it spinning up and than quickly down, than spinning up again and going back down until it finally just idles.

Goal: Try to recover my jpgs, doc, and txt files.

Specs: FantomDrives 500GB 3.5'' model number TFD500U16 (had it for about a year and a half now)
It had an NTFS partition and no special software was used to maintain the external hard drive, nor was an operating system installed on it. Just basic files.
if it matters, My computer is a windows Vista home basic on a acer aspire 3050 laptop.

How it happened: just before I left for work, i had things downloaded STRAIGHT to the hard drive. When I get home, it seems someone in the household unplugged everything to move the laptop. Since than the drive has crashed. However, even before this I noticed strange behavior like it would just stop being recognized as a hard drive in the middle of copying a 30GB file, but at that time it was on a mac so I assumed it may have just been operating system differences with the NTFS partition.

Self Attempts: I've tried the drive on multiple computers as well as on macs. No new drive appears.
I've also tried a program called TestDisk but the program only saw my internal hard drive and nothing el... Read more

A:External hard drive crashed, anyway data recovery program?

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Hi everyone..

My external USb Wd mybook box has 1 tb Seagate Sata 3 and i use original Wd disc as W7 installed... in My PC Case as sata II

Today my old problem appears again as Corrupted disc...
I have Get Data Back NTFS (and i used before plenty of times for recovery, loss data or unwanted deletions) but..

This time im stuck.. Becouse the disk i try to recover includes 870 gb (about) used disk space (only audio files) only 50gb (about) empty space... Thats too big for me to recover to other disks.. i don't have enough spaces that my other disks can handle..

I have about 300 gb FREE disk space in several disks or partitions include My thinkpad SL510 Notebook..
So my question is
wit keeping my lost data in corrupted disk first, can i take them slowly to this 300 gb spaces (i know i can) and after create somehow emty space (deleting those recovered 300 gb + 50 on corrupted disk) and
use that empty space for more recovery. ???? Or smilar solutions.. Becouse DISC PRICES IS HEAVY nowadays and really i'm out of budget with buying some
equipments upgrades..
Like creating slowly slowly some extra spaces (don't know how)

I know i look silly in situation becouse i know u should never write to same disc if you dont want to say goodbye to your files..

E-how happened (not necessary to read these part)

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A:Data recovery problem, Can reach corrupted data but no external space.


Before you write more data or attempt to read data from the drive through Windows, I would suggest using a Live CD like SysRescueCD to boot from and access the HDD.

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I booted up my Win 7 computer today and ChkDsk said my Ex HDD may have been corrupted and proceeded to delete some files. Those were some very important files - how can I get them back? (Video and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 files)

I prefer free methods on this - I know I can buy software to do this, but I currently don't have the money. Or a very cheap method, if nothing else.

It's ironic that today was the day I was going to back up this drive.

Please help!

A:External HDD data recovery - Chkdsk erased some data!!

"How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK ? Raymond.CC Blog"
How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK

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Yoga 2 11 (Lenovo) Serial Number: YB******** Machine Type Model: 80CX59445810
Motherboard crashed and I need to get the data off the hard drive.  However, Lenovo apparently uses some proprietary connection that no repair service can connect to.  It does not just plug into normal hard drive interface devices.  How can I get all of my data from this hard drive??
Moderator note: serial number removed to prevent abuse.

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I have 2 problems, mine is recovering data from a DVD-R & a friend is looking for my help in recovering data from a "corrupted" Flash Drive.

I was burning data on a DVD-R multiple sessions disk when my Burner crapped out while using Nero. I now have a new Burner & when I go back into this disk I can only read data from my 1st session when I compare the #s from Nero's disk info tool, however it also shows that session 5 is still open?? but I cannot read anything from sessions 2, 3 & 4. Looking around I spotted CD Recovery Tool Box Free 1.1.7 is there anything more recent and or better that would let me try to recover the data on this disk. The data in session 5 is still on my HD but I would like to be able to recover the data in the other sessions, worst possible case even just the file names would be a small plus.

Now for the Flash Drive. It is a Lexar 8 Gig & what supposedly happened is that Peter lent it to a fellow employee so he could extract some data (probably a mistake). When he got it back a few minutes later & tried to use it all he got was a message that it was corrupted. As it has all of his product codes, phone numbers & personal sales data for the last year he is really desperate to try & recover the data. He does not have a computer of his own, so he has no backup (another bad idea). He has gotten a new Flash Drive a Sony 8 Gig, but I have told him that he better go out & get a 2nd one to use as a back... Read more

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I can no longer read from my external hard disk drive. I hear the drive making noise, but the removable disk drive does not show up on my computer directory anymore. I believe the drive has failed. The data on the drive is very important. Is there a way I can still retrieve it?


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A:Data Recovery from External Disk Drive

Do we have to be so literal? 2 screws will let you peek at the hard drive. To get it out of the enclosure to do anything useful with it is going to take a lot more. But finding the video on youtube was excellent work. I was referring to LaCie drives as the ones that can be a real bear to get into.  And here is a site showing in pictures how to use the ide to usb adapter just like the one I have, and recommend. pictures One big pointer to emphasize is the the ide hard drive should be jumpered master or it may not work right.

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I bought this drive years ago or rather I received as a gift, details aside the thing broke and I'm having one tiny issue before I can install its guts and save the remainder of my data.

I've read similar issues on other forums with what is more than likely the same product and found a few conspicuous details. It's a 1Tb drive made up of two 500Gb WD HD's installed in a Raid 0 format.
The Primary Master within the case is in a continuous start-up cycle. I.E. Spin up, click twice, reset. so assuming I can get the freezer trick to work long enough I should be able to clean it no problem.

The problem I DO have is pretty pathetic by comparison.
I checked the BIOS and the broken drive is recognized as PM while my actual main drive is only 3M. Could this be preventing Windows from normal start-up? If so how do I Change the M/S setting on a Sata drive so the broken drive is recognized as a slave instead and how do I Change the setting on my main Sata drive to read Primary Master rather than 3rd Master

The second drive is a non-issue it seems, as it's recovering fine as I type this, but I May have to recover them simultaneously as a virtual Raid if the data is split in some f'd way as well. Either way, only the one drive is giving me problems at the moment.

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Hi SevenForums!

First time posting here so thanks in advance for any help offered to this noob!

Have read over the tutorial thread started by @Jumanji "Windows 7: Regain a lost drive using Test Disk - An Illustrated Guide" which was very informative and gave me hope that I might find assistance here for the issue I've encountered.

Base issue:
HDD no longer showing data / partition. Listed as Disk 2 in the Disk Management screenshot attached.

Suspected cause:
Loss of power to external HDD enclosure due to pet rabbit attacking power cable. (Have read that rabbits see wires as roots that are encroaching upon their warren, and actively "trim" them as to keep the warren tidy. )

Current status:Have removed the drive from the external closure and have installed it as a standard HDD. As you can see from the Disk Management screenshot attached, the drive is recognized and shows up as "Unallocated" and "Not Initialized"
Using Test Disk to attempt partition recovery; see attached screenshot. Currently in progress and showing some very cryptic output. Has taken over 48 hours to reach 93% analysis complete.

Unsure of next steps; please advise.

As I said, thanks in advance for any suggestions. Really appreciate the contributions on this site so far and will endeavor to update this with what works (or does not work ) for me!

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Seeking low-level data recovery tools ---

I have an external drive (WD10TMVW-11ZSMS5; was in a "Passport"). The drive was dropped; hard -> head crashed and diver board circuit was damage... Tried to transfer plattens to new drive, but plattens became misregistered in process (duh) [Oh yeah... The head mechanism was damaged too; otherwise I'd have just replaced the circuit board and not tried to transfer the plattens (would that it were that simple)].

Does anyone know if there exists an app that will allow me to control the disk; read heads individually; transfer bit patterns to another media for reconstruction of the image?

I know it's a long shot, but I have to try.

Thanx, from Hell.

A:Hard drive data recovery...

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Help. Can I recover the data on my hard drive which is in a desktop PC that died last week? Take the HD out, hook it up somehow, move the data to a backup or portable HD?
Thanks from Pacejo

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I have a hard drive that would not boot Windows XP. I replaced the hard drive reloaded windows xp and I am trying to retrieve data. When I plug the drive in using a USB to IDE adapter the compuiter recognizes the drive and it even shows in computer manager as the correct size, however the file system type is blank. When I try to look at it in My Computer it comes back as says the drive is not formatted do I want to format it now, I said NO.
also when I first plug it in the autoplay starts on that drive but does not give me options.

Any Thoughts??


I have tried a couple USB to IDE adapter same results also the to plug it in directly to the IDE controller no luck

A:Hard drive data recovery

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I have (yet another Maxtor) hard drive that has crashed - It is visible in the BIOS as a Maxtor ares 40gb drive, but invisible to any operating system. Maxtor's own low-level utlity can't pick it up and hangs - others do, and show the drive's parameters, but cannot read the drive. The platters are spinning. Anybody know any software that might get data off this drive? Have tried all the usual stuff, Spinrite, Easy Recovery, etc.

A:Hard drive data recovery? Can it be done?

If the drive is physically damaged enough there is no software that will recover the data. Have you tried the freezer trick yet? It may make the drive available long enough ot get the data off of it.

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My son spilled milk all over one of my laptops, which basically killed it.  I opened up the laptop and dried everything off, but It just will not boot at all.  Fortunately, however, the Hard Drive actually survived and still works.
I connected the hard drive as an external drive on my other laptop using a USB adaptor, and can open the drive in Windows Explorer.  However, when I try to navigate to my Users folder, I get an error dialog box that says the folder "is not accessible.  Access is denied."
Does anyone know how I can get passed this so I can retrieve my data before I reformat the drive?
Thank you

A:Hard Drive Data Recovery - PLEASE HELP

Hi jamespeck
Please try this links http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810881

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So today my hd died on me, I used it as a usb storage device on my ps4 to store games and it was very convenient.
When I plug it in, it makes a few realy quiet beeps and then proceeds to not work.
I didn't lose any unrecoverable data as the games are in my ps4 library but installing them is a pain in the butt.
I was wondering if it is possible to recover its data or recover the hd.
Can anybody help me? This stuff triggers my migraines

A:hard drive data recovery

Ontrack can recover data from dead hard drives.

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Hello everyone!

My brother accidentally hit his LENOVO laptop and it won't boot anymore with "unmountable_boot_volume" error showing.

I have tried connecting the damaged harddrive to my computer using 2.5'' enclosure for SATA harddrives. My computer was able to see the hard drive but wouldn't let open it, saying there was an input/output error.

I have also tried using chkdsk, but not to avail - chkdsk said it cannot get direct access to the drive.

Is there anything I can do myself besides taking the drive to a data recovery service?

A:Please help with hard drive data recovery

see this to get your DATA off the drive.

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I was reviewing the forums for an answer and found this article that almost fits my excat problem, with one variation.


My variation is that I have removed my old hard drive and would like to connect it to my new HP built computer using a USB3.0 cable. I have tried, but the new computer does not recognize the drive. All I want to do is retrieve data from the old drive because my old computer would not boot. I have tried connecting it via a USB 3.0 to Sata converter cable and can hear the drive spin up, but not recognized. Any ideas??

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I'm working on an older Compaq Presario 5070 for my father-in-law. He has been lax in keeping his virusscan up to date. I've built him a new computer that is ready to install, but days before my trip to do the install his presario took a dump. It appears through various boot attempts that the Config.sys files got corrupted in line 2 and 3. The drive is running Win 98. I can access the drive through DOS and run DIR and see all the files intact. I would like to recover his address book for Outlook Express. When trying to boot with windows I get an error that reads, "Can Not Find QR System Save Drive". I don't need to save this computer or drive, I just would like to retrieve some info. All help would be appreciated

A:Hard Drive Data Recovery

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I want to recover data (pics) from our Pavilion. SSD is an LBT-64L6G-HP (part #735315-001) by Hewlett Packard. My current tech can't find a cable/connector for transferring/retrieving the data. Any suggestions? Thanx!   John

A:SSD Hard Drive data recovery

Does something called M.2 NGFF sound like the right kind of product?

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I have recently upgraded to a new system from XP and was hoping to recover some data from my old hard drive which has the 40 pin connector. I was hoping to find the grey ribbon inside but instead there is what I think is a SATA cable connecting the hard drive. Therefore I'm a wee bit confused as to what I connect the slave to.
There is a grey ribbon, but that is connected to the DVD drive although it does have a second connector halfway down.

Thanks for the help!!

A:Hard Drive Data Recovery

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I'm trying to recover data from a friend's hard drive that suddenly failed to boot. It's a Samsung SATA. I've got it connected directly to the motherboard of my computer as a slave. It is seen in the BIOS, Device Manager, and Disk Management, but not in Windows Explorer.

The drive spins, and doesn't make any unusual noises. I tested it with HDTune, the SMART data is all OK, and a quick sector scan showed no bad clusters.

I've tried:

Spinrite: computer froze.
O&O Format and Recovery: Scan started then computer froze.
A couple of other recovery apps froze too, and some just didn't see the drive.
GetDataBack found a few things, but not much, and couldn't recover. (Trial version).

I installed Ubuntu on an attached drive, it couldn't see the drive.

So I'm about ready to throw in the towel, but thought I'd run it by the gurus at TSG first.

Is it possible that password protection on the drive limits what can be seen/recovered or do the recovery apps look beyond that? Anything I've missed here?

Thank you in advance.

A:Hard drive data recovery

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Ok my ac adapter charger would not register when plugged into my laptop so it was sent away for repair (i assumed that i would be given a new charger) i wrote a letter explaining that i specifically did not want anything REMOVED/REFORMATTED as i was unable to back up my personal files due to my laptop not being able to work without a charger and i asked them to ring me in advance if they had to do so.
Upon receiving my laptop back i found to my extreme annoyance my old hard drive was removed then replaced with another one. I was furious as all my personal files were on the hard drive.

I went to PC World to complain (im sorry the level of customer service they provide ia appalling i am never going to shop there again) they said they could try to recover some of my personal files (for free) such as Uni documents pictures etc but not my music

Anyway the data was backed up but the adviser said the data that he managed to transfer was unstable and that if i was to recover the data by any other means it may damage my laptop?

All i want is my music videos etc back....... how can i recover it off the old hard drive. I was told it had become corrupt somehow but i dont understand what that had to do with my ac adapter not working? My computer worked fine before it was virus free etc......

All i want is my music back, someone mentioned something about a caddy?

Please someone help me....

A:Data recovery from old hard drive???

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I have no idea what I'm doing, I don't like technology but I need to recover the data from my old laptop. I got a replacement laptop (running Windows 10 pro) and I got 2 sets of cables to connect my old hard drive to usb. The drive powers on, it doesn't sound weird but I can't access anything. The computer recognizes it enough to allow me to "safely remove" it, but nothing else. I also occasionally get

Code 43 Error: Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems

Cyclic Redundancy Check Error

I have no idea what any of that means, but I'm not paying $250 to have someone else rooting around in my personal information, so I need to fix it myself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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My OS became corrupt but my hard drive is still good, obviously i cant access the hard drive to save the files elsewhere, anyone know a way to take the info off the hard drive when i cant access windows

Note: this is what i get when you don't backup important data.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.



A:Data recovery from hard drive

Is this a laptop or a desktop?

If it's a desktop remove the hd and place it in another desktop as a slave. Transfer the data to either that machine's hd or a cd.


You can try to repair the op system and hope you don't destroy the data while attempting it.

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I have been having great difficulty trying to figure out how to recover all of my data on my hard drive that just stopped working three nights ago. I was foolish to not back anything up. I have attached a picture of what my desktop looks like with two windows open. One being Disk Management and the other being Minitool Partition Wizard. They both show the hard drive that I am trying to recover. That hard drive will not show up on "My Computer" but I can see it in those two windows. What can I do to recover this data? I have tried a couple tools, but they could not see it, and the Minitool Partition Wizard was still at 0% after 18 hours of scanning. Thank you.

A:Data Recovery on Old Hard Drive

Hi Mat the w,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I presume it is an internal drive on your desktop.

Please run the manufacturer's diagnostic/repair utility. ( Since you did not tell us the make/model number of the drive, I can only give this general statement.) Check whether it is able to repair your disk.

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Okay, my harddrive in my laptop is corrupt. So I have got it plugged in to my desktop pc at the moment. I used GetDataBack to try and recover all my files. It found then all, and can play/open all of them. But when I try to copy, nothing happens.

Does anyone know of a free (or under $15-ish) hard drive data recovery program that works? Also, my hard drive is NTFS.

Thanks in advance.

A:Hard Drive Data Recovery

Some people have had luck with PC Inspectorhttp://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinspector.htmlHome page:http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/file_recov....htm?language=1

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I have a latop that seems to have an overheared motherboard.
I removed it's internal HDD and made it an external HDD of a laptop I bought to replace it.
My new Laptop sees the external HDD but I can not access the documents/pictures/programs, yet the laptop acknowledges the data.
I am running Windows XP on both but the original laptop requested a password for the user.
I am not sure where the problem is.
Any suggestions?

Regarding the overheating, the heatsink was blocked with a wad of LINT.
The laptop will not boot up and basically the led indicators slowly light up and then turn off when I try to boot up.
I am not sure of it is the power connection/fuse(?), something on the mother board, or chip. I did notice a few days before the final crunch that the graphics were distorted.


A:Solved: Data recovery from external drive and overheated laptop

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I have a larged data drive that failed a disk check. It stalls when starting stage two (I belive that is the verification of indexing). I have been able to back-up all of the folders except for a large folder of raw video. The PC locks up when I attempt to access/copy this folder (it appears to be part of the problem). I want to make an attempt to recover this data before reformatting the drive.

The check disk fails both at start up or if I run from the desktop both in regular and safe mode. Does anyone have tips for recoverying this data?

A:Data Recovery of data drive

You could try using a 98 boot disk and then run ntfsdos from there to access the ntfs partitions. Then try an xcopy of that file to another drive.

Another method could be to use Winrar to create a multipart archive and store it on another drive. This might chunk it up enuff.

Or boot to recovery console from the CD and then run chkdsk /r which marks any sectors that are corrupt as bad so they will not be used again, even after format. All take some time, but they are readily availalble fixes.

Alternatively, you could create an image of the drive and save that somewhere else, then run your drive manufacturers disk utility to check integrity of the disk.

Hope this helps

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Hello, my laptop would no longer boot. I brought it to a local place and they recommended replacing the HD, so I did. At home, I used a 2.5-Inch to 3.5-Inch Notebook Drive Adapter to hook up the bad drive to an external usb drive. I think I may have not connected it correctly (not matching pin 1 appropriately). So I think I fried the drive. Is there any hope for data recovery, any other options?

HD 30 GB hitachi

A:Possible fried hard drive, data recovery

all i can say is try it on another computer, as its nearly impossible to fry it by connecting it, unless you go at an angle, and that would be a break....so it should be fine. get a few big blank cds (atleast 5gb each) and manually copy the files......thats all i can think of.

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just for curiosity I have had a few hard drives dismanteled, I wanted to see what is actually in them and how they work, so I am familiar with taking them apart and then putting them back together, and they still worked, but that was all original parts that I took out and put back in.
would it ever be possible to take apart a bad drive change out the disk to another similar drive and recover the data from it, or is this an impossible task?
if this would be impossible, what can I do to retrieve data from a drive that has pretty much died?

A:fixing a hard drive, data recovery

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My desktop is a Dell XPS 410 that is 21 months old. Yesterday it freaked out. According to my daughter she left it for a few minutes and when she came back the screen had gone black and there was a white error message on it, unforunately she did not write down the error message but she turned the unit off and tried to restart it. At first it would go to the screen after the Dell splash Bios. But after a few starts it wouldn't even go there.
I ran a diagnostic on it from the F12 option and I got several errors all of them attached to the message that the IDE device failed. I am assuming that my hard drive is gone. I have several questions. Is it possible that I am wrong? I can not get it to do anything other than the F12 option, no F8, no F2. I did clean the inside of my tower and that did not help either.
My huband has over 5000 songs on that drive all downloaded from reputable sites (the pay ones like Walmart, Rhapsody, and Amazon) is there anyway to recover these so all he has to do is get them re-licensed instead of having to buy them all over again?
I am assuming that I need to buy a new hard drive but which one is best?
I guess I just seriously need help. This is very depressing.

A:Dead hard drive?? Is data recovery possible?

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This is my first post on here, so please be gentle!

I am using Win XP Pro and have a couple of 2.5" SATA laptop hard drives that I need to get the data off. I am connecting the drives via an external USB adapter and can see the hard drives (connecting them one at a time) in the device manager and in disk management. However, wheras I can access my "C" drive from disk management, I cannot access the new drive - all the icons are blank.

I'm really stumped as I've never had this problem on an IDE hard drive

Any help would really, really be appreciated - I have looked for answers on this forum for Viruses, etc. and its always been 100% accurate and helpful


(one confused computer user)!

A:Data Recovery From A Sata Hard Drive

Try assigning a letter to the drive.Right-click the drive and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use. Click OK.How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP

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I have a failing hard drive but I can still access it when it is connected as an external USB drive (used to be the primary boot drive in a laptop) I want to copy as much of the data as possible from the "user" folder and sub folders. I select the folders I want to copy but the process fails with out any errors. Copying files sees to work but it would take a long time to rebuild the folder structure. Any ideas how to accomplish this and/or why copying folders fails (with not error messages)? Thanks!

A:Data recovery from failing hard drive

Try running a Disk Check

If this fails sometimes what will work is How to Check File System? Partition Wizard Video Help.. I'd also run Video help on how to perform partition surface test with Partition Wizard..

If you can't copy out the files via Explorer then try Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console to another HD or flash stick.

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Hi all I have a hard drive from an Acer laptop (Win XP) that died from a charging problem some years back and is in pieces. I put the HDD in an enclosure and I see only one file in My Documents instead of what should be there and it says USBC with about three wingding type squares a little 2 as in a squared and then another wingding type square. I have a Ubuntu Dual boot with XP box (I don't put XP on the net) and I looked at it in Ubuntu and saw the Acer and the Acer Data (recovery) so when I looked in the acer partition I could see all the data (normal individual flies and photos) in My documents even though each file has a little pad lock on it. I should have copied it all there and then but I went back to XP to try but as XP didn't recognise the USBC file it wouldn't. I went back to Ubuntu and found I couldn't see the Acer partition only the Acer Data (recovery) partition. I have searched the net to see if this USBC is a Data locking virus and couldn't find much. In Ubuntu I ran a program that said one of the sectors and cylinders was wrong so in windows XP I ran Chkdsk and I think I have stuffed it up as I can now see the pertition in Ubuntu but there is just an unknown file with a padlock on it in My Documents and the file is too small.
My question is does anyone know if I can access the data in the Acer Data(recovery) partition even though it isn't in an Acer Laptop.
Thanks in advance for any advice

A:Data recovery from an Acer hard drive

In linux you might have to mount manually. Check if the system can read the drive/partitions. Running command....
sudo fdisk -lu
sudo blkid
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/myfiles
cd /mnt/myfiles

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How would I go about retrieving files from a busted amiga hard drive?

I tried taking it out of my A600 and putting it into my then newly-purchased A1200, but something wasn't right and neither the 1200 or the 600 would see it.

I'd like to see if i can salvage the files and use them on my PC with an emulator.

Can anyone help? Thanks!

A:Amiga hard drive data recovery...

If the drive itself is damaged, it makes it difficult or impossible to read data off the drive.

It's been a long time since I've touched an Amiga 1200/600. I still have my Amiga 3000 in this room. Oh well.. I remember when the high-priced A4000 came out and the A1200 - I knew C= royally screwed up big time. Yeah - $2000+ for a desktop and $600 for a key-board computer, when $600~1000 gets you a desktop-PC. Ouch. Oh well... memories.

Good luck - but if your A1200 can't read the drive - all is pretty much loss... and of course, PCs don't read Amiga formatted media.

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I have a laptop hdd with a corrupt windows 10 file. I am trying to plug it into my desktop that has windows 10 but when I boot with both in the pc it gets stuck on the Windows loading screen without the laptop drive it's fine. I have the desktop hdd as the primary boot device and in a higher sata port. What could be causing this problem and and suggestions on how I could get my files

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looks like my hard drive crashed... it was fairly new...western digital 7200 RPM 30GB drive.... accidentally dropped my printer on my computer, and computer froze, and restarted, bios wouldnt recognize the hard drive to be plugged in or anything .... now hard drive, doesnt make usualy spinning noise, but rather a slower clicking spinning noise ......

any way to recover the contents of the disk?

or any suggestions what i can do to try and get the hard drive to work?

A:hard drive crash, data recovery?

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I have a notebook computer with a failing hard drive. I just got a new hard drive of the same capacity to replace it. I intend to sell the computer, so I want to copy the recovery data to the new hard drive so that I can have an authentic copy of Windows. Is there a way I can go about doing this?

I do have the tools to access the new internal hard drive via USB.

Image shows new internal hard drive (F:\) connected via USB using SATA to USB adapter.

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DiskGetor data recovery free : 1, Increased ability of undeletion; 2, Recover system destroyed files and recover deleted ( word, excel ,photo,dwg ,cad,office ppt etc important data) files names perfectly which were erased in Recycle Bin ; recovered files will add right file extensions automatically, if they were in sub-folders before, DiskGetor will recover all these folders as well, Recover encrypted and hidden folders

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My wife's Dell desktop of 6 years unexpectedly crashed this evening. From a similar experience with my old laptop, I know you can possibly extract data on the hard drive by turning it into a "slave" drive and hooking it up to another computer and then copy the files over to the working computer. From what I have read online, even though I cannot boot the hard drive, the rest of teh data should still be accessible. I did not hear any noises coming from the drive before its demise, nor do I hear any loose parts now (I heard both on old laptop drive and could not recover anything from it with the help of a tech - Thsi is where I learned the procedure initially).

I have already removed the hard drive from the non working desktop and have placed it in a plastic bag for safe keeping. I have read that you can put the drive in a hard drive enclosure and then hook that up to a computer, but we were looking to get an extenral drive of some sort anyway, so I'd like to just use that.

My question is, can I buy an external hard drive and then swap out the insides , putting my old drive in the new enclosure and then hook that up to the computer? I would really like a portable drive, vs an external drive, so can I use that, or do I need to buy an external ?Or buy a portable drive for the future, and an enclosure for the data transfer - this seems like a waste as after taking everything off the drive, do I want to rely on that for storage since its 6 yrs old? I don'... Read more

A:Swap out Hard Drive for data recovery

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Welcome all - this is my first post on this forum.

Here's my situation: my desktop computer has died, but its (SATA) hard-drive still functions correctly. I have a suitable hard drive enclosure, so I thought I would simply be able to slide the hard drive in and copy the data from it onto my notebook (or any other computer, for that matter) via USB 2.0 .

The notebook sees the drive and thinks it functions correctly, but it does not appear in the "My Computer" list of drives. The only way I can find it is by doing the following:
right-click on "My Computer" > manage > hard drives,
...and there it is, listed as "unknown". I have the option to format the drive, but that's not what I want... I wonder whether there is any way to make my notebook read the data that is already on the drive?

Both computers run Windows XP Service Pack 2; the Notebook is a Toshiba Satellite. I don't know what other information is relevant to the issue, but I will happily provide whatever you think could be helpful.

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