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Help Rescue Info from Dead or Dying Laptop Hard Drive

Q: Help Rescue Info from Dead or Dying Laptop Hard Drive

A Compaq Presario 900 laptop running XP home froze and rebooted.

Error message was something similar to "Boot disk error occurred" Press Ctrl+ALT+Del to restart. Upon reboot the same message.

After googling found a link to diagnostics at the Hitachi website and ran them
message received was "smart test failure- send drive to vendor"

Friend then found the recovery CD so placed that in and ran the recovery
which took me to the C: prompt. Ran CHKDSK /R (it took about 24 hrs) moving 1% every 15 minutes.

This morning had the C prompt again, Removed the CD and rebooted.
Something about a TRAP error 6 showed on the screen as well as some Eax type things. Rebooted again, TRAP error 8 with "double fault" with more gibberish on screen.

Found a reference to "Extracting data from a dead laptop with a laptop hard drive adapter" and about to pursue that avenue but don't know how fruitful it will be. IF the desktop HD sees the laptop HD - just copy the files over, right? And if the desktop HD DOES NOT see the laptop HD then ???

What I'd like to do is recover certain files from the dead drive by any means possible (starting with the least expensive and easiest and progressing accordingly).

I'd greatly appreciate any further suggestions.
If all else fails any recommendations on data recovery software or firms would be great (I have spinrite and it says the drive is in bad shape and that the recovery option may take over 40 hours).

Thank you

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Preferred Solution: Help Rescue Info from Dead or Dying Laptop Hard Drive

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.)


Hi all, I have two hard disks in my windows box.

The disk with the windows OS is perfectly fine and boots normally.

The second disk is a 1TB Seagate SATA disk where I store personal files. I have about 160 gigs of files on it. This is the disk that has issues.

If I boot to windows with the second drive connected windows either doesn't boot or boots but runs extremely slowly and just doesn't respond.

If I disonnect the second drive with my personal files on then Windows boots normally and works fine which indicates the hard drive with windows on it is normal.

I used a Linux live cd to see if the failing second disk is there and its size to validate if there are any files on it.

In Linux on the live CD I can see the disk size and that 160 gigs is used so my files are there.

When I try to mount the disk in linx I get the following errors -


Input/output error NTFS is either inconsistent, or there is a hardware fault, or it's a SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware. In the first case run chkdsk /f on Windows then reboot into Windows twice. The usage of the /f parameter is very important! If the device is a SoftRAID/FakeRAID then first activate it and mount a different device under the /dev/mapper/ directory.
I can boot to windows with the disk connected to try this so I used the windows install CD and access recovery tools but it does not seem to reconize the disk is there as when I run

checkdsk /f
It tells me the disk is write protected, which I ... Read more

A:Hard Drive Dying How To Rescue Data

Boot into Windows with the drive connected, right click on the drive and select properties, then go to the tools tab and click "Check now" in the error-checking block.

Also, the command isn't "checkdsk", it's "chkdsk". If you have two drives, and the one you want to check is the F drive, then the syntax is "chkdsk f:". I use the following flags: f (for fixing problems) and r (for recovering data): "chkdsk f: /f /r".

The best way to get the data off the drive is to get a removable USB drive and copy the files from the problem drive to the USB drive.

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Continued from BC Forum topic http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...c=73020&hl=To summarise, a friend of mine's computer crashed immediately after her son installed a 30-day trial of some Adobe software, and has resolutely refused to boot up again since. Immediately prior to installing the trial, he had been on Freeserials-dot-com looking for an illegal keycode for it (yes, he has been duly castigated!), so this lead me to initially suspect the problem may have been caused by malware and/or viruses, however acting on advice I have brought the drive home to connect it as a slave to my PC.Brought the drive home and my PC won't even recognise it. I had my local hardware chap in to see if he could get it to cheer up, and still no luck, so he believes the drive to be beyond repair. He even had a fiddle in BIOS to see what was happenning, and it wasn't recognising the drive properly there either.But he did tell me there is software available known generically as 'hard-disk rescue utilities', which might enable me to rescue the owner's personal files and folders, with a view to restoring them to her new drive, when she gets one.Any ideas what software I might need for this, or if there are any other options available?

A:How Do I Rescue A 'dead' Hard-drive?

What brand of hard drive do you have?

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Sorry if this is the wrong folder - it's my first time posting.

I have a Dell computer, Dimension 4700. It has 2 hard drives in it, the original (F stopped loading after I moved. I was told the hard drive or loading files may have been corrupted, but all the info (pictures, etc) survived. You can still save, access, etc, on it. We put in a 2nd drive (C that I'm having a problem with now.

Within the past 2 weeks, I can't access 2 folders worth of music on my C:, although the others are all fine. Every time I try to open those folders, it reads "the disk in drive C: is not formatted, would you like to format it now". (I say no). If you right-click on the folder, it shows 0 files, 0 data.

Now, I'm backing up all my photos to DVD. One photo will not open, move, or delete. The error message is "Cannot delete xxxx: Data error (cyclic redundancy check)". I googled it, and other than a few products for purchase, I saw that if you run a chkdsk /c, it should correct the problem.

The chkdsk message was:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
C:\Documents and Settings\Christine>chkdsk /c
The type of the file system is NTFS.

WARNING! F parameter not specified.
Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.

WARNING! C parameter specified.
Your drive may still be corrupt even after running CHKDSK.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...

File record segment xxxxx is unreadable. (100 different numbers)

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A:Is my hard drive dying? (missing info and cyclic redundancy errors)

Just wanted to update since yesterday - I might have (temporarily) fixed the problem?

After posting yesterday's CHKDSK results (run through the dos window), I also ran a defrag. Today I was in C: properties and saw that there was another CHKDSK in there. It restarted my computer, but when I ran it, it showed the same fragmented files as last night and recovered almost all of the missing music (recovering orphaned files) as well as allowed me to delete the file that previously gave me a cyclic redundancy error. One folder was shot, but I'm not concerned with it. Unfortunately It took a while and I left the room, so if it gave me an option to save/ read the log I didn't see it.

So now, if I copy all of the lost/ recovered files onto my F: (second hard drive), will they stay safe or the fact that they were lost or corrupted do they risk having problems again?

Thanks again to anyone who's reading this and for any advice you can give.

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i have a 2tb raid system 2 hd 1 tb each on a dell XPS 720 the computer is dead dell cant fix it i say they put the wrong processor in it its a 32bit system now has a 64bit processer anyway i have all of my files on my 2 hard drives how can i get the off? is there a way?????

A:Solved: pc dead cant get info off hard drive

Yes there are many ways to recover data. If you have another computer with similar Motherboards/Hard Drive connections etc than you can move hard drive to that computer and copy data from there

Get a CD or DVD boot disk that will start a portable version of Windows called PE (pre-installation environment). There are many flavors such as Linux Boot discs too--They all do the same thing. You put boot CD in tray, startup computer and if the BIOS is set to boot from a CD/DVD than it will load a temporary operating system so you can view your files and copy them to a Flash Drive or another hard drive or over your network to another computer:


BartPE is a good one and I use one called MiniPE by DigiWiz that is very helpful and has loads of repair utilities such as virus scanning, hard drive backup, checking and partitioning. It will recognise a USB Flash Drive as long as you start computer up with it already plugged into USB port

There are many methods to recover data--so reply back if you have any questions

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Hello everyone,
I am trying to salvage data off my Dell 1545 laptops dead hard dirve. It was purchased this past Dec. It has a 250 gig Toshiba drive.(dead) It cannot read the boot sector. I have spent a long time running diagnostics and the boot sectors are dead. I called Dell and they were kind enough to send me a new hard drive which I installed My question is, can I somehow retrieve the data off the dead drive without spending a fortune to do it.
My laptop has the following:
Windows 7,core 2 intel chip, 250 gig hd, 3 gig memory
Any help would be appreciated.

A:salvaging info off dead hard drive

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One of my pc machines has died. If I take the primary drive out of that machine and put it it in a usb hard drive enclosure, can I just connect it to another machine thru the usb port and copy the data on it (not OS) to my working machine? Both machines are Windows XP. Or is there a better way?

Thank you for help.

A:copy info from a primary hard drive of a dead machine.

Yes you can! That is the easiest and best way to do it. When you attach your old drive to a USB enclosure or to use a USB Adapter, the drive comes up as another drive in my Computer. (if the HDD hasn't failed, it just can't boot.) Then you can copy your data to the new computer. You then can format the drive and use it as an external backup drive.

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I got so confused searching for a solution I decided to ask for specific detailed answer. My 80 year old brain doesn't help especially since I am not a techie, just to poor to pay to have it done!!!
I am getting notices that my 8 year old Win 7 laptop 80 GB HDD has a problem, but it still works and I haven't used it since the notices appeared.
I purchased another 80 GB HDD.
How do I clone the existing HDD to my external HDD, install the new HDD and transfer the clone to the new HDD and have it boot with all the existing programs and files working as before.
I appreciate someone's help.

A:Need to replace dying hard drive in laptop.

You could try a clone. Or you could try an imaging procedure.

Either can work or fail.

I'd say the best tool for the job is Macrium Reflect Free Edition. It will clone or image. It's free.

Windows 7 has a built-in imaging capability, but it can be confusing if you are unfamiliar with it.

With Macrium Reflect, the general procedure would be:

Install Macrium.

Use it to make an image file. Save the image file on the external disc.

Make a "recovery" CD with Macrium.

Install your new hard drive.

Boot from the recovery CD and navigate to the image file you made.

"Restore" that image file to the new hard drive.

That's the basic procedure, but it's not foolproof. Neither is cloning.

Are you ready, willing, and able to reinstall Windows and all of your applications if cloning and imaging fail?

Have you backed up your personal data, bookmarks, and email to the external hard drive? That would probably be my first concern as the old hard drive may expire in 2 minutes for all we know.

Can you give the exact message you are getting about a bad hard drive? What is giving you this message?

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I am using a ribbon cable with a pcmcia card that connects to my working laptop on one end and a connector on the other end that connects to my failing hard drive. When I view the contents of the failing hard drive, I see the folders, but cannot access the files that the folders contain. How can I obtain access to them and transfer them to my good hard drive/laptop?

A:Cannot transfer files from a dying laptop hard drive

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when i turn on my computer it doesn't boot properly so i brought it to staples he sayed the motherboard was phsicaly damaged! . Can i get my files of the drive i have a lot of expencize programs and important files

A:Motherboard Is Dead Can I Still Rescue Files From Drive

If only the motherboard is faulty, there is usually no problem copying your data files onto another computer, either by installing the hard drive into the other system, or using a USB drive adapter.

Installed programs can't be transferred in this way, but if they are legitimate software, they can be re-installed from the original disks once the system is operational again, and your data files reloaded.

If the motherboard in the existing system is replaced, it may be possible to recover the entire system installation in-place by doing a recovery install of Windows. If the system is a brand-name that only offers a recovery disk that restores the system to ex-factory condition, this may not work if the board is replaced with anything other than a genuine brand replacement.

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Hi. Not too long ago I posted about my laptop screen and how it was dying. If you didn't read it, I'll explain it again.

A long time ago, a strip of pixels on my laptop screen half died. There was colour in them, but the colour was lighter than what should have been displayed. I left it and thought not much of it. A week or two later, around 15% of the total screen "died". It stopped showing what it was meant to be showing, and instead it either displayed just a big black bunch of pixels, or strands of colourful pixels. I was annoyed at this. A few days later another 15% of the screen died on me. Right next to the other lot that died (all on the left side of the screen). It did the same - stayed black, however it occasionally flickered on startup, then died again. Yesterday another bunch of pixels went, making half the screen 'damaged'.

Now, the first part that went always shows coloured lines from the top of the screen to the bottom. The colours and amount change. The second part was half wanting to work yesterday. It was showing distorted parts of my desktop and if I moved a window it would also move on the distorted part. The third part just flickers from grey to black constantly.

I plugged my dads computer screen into my laptop and I can view the desktop perfectly without implications on it, so it's not the motherboard or some video card thing (not the best at computers here). I concluded that the (laptop) screen itself isn't dod... Read more

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Hey everyone,

I guess I'll start with what happened. I have a couple years old Gateway laptop model W340UA that I use mainly for streaming media and college classwork. The laptop had gone into standby mode and then couldn't see my network folders (has happened before, nothing new) so I had it try to repair the connection. It froze doing that so I tried the standard holding the power button for 5 seconds until it shut down. I let it sit for a minute or two and then tried to turn it back on. The lights came on, the fan started up, the dvd drive started, then the whole thing shut down. Being somewhat knowledgeable about computers, I unplugged the battery and adapter and held the power button for a minute. Plugged only the adapter back in and tried to turn it on...nothing, no charging light, no powering up. I checked the battery charge level with the indicators on the battery and it flashed up to 100% so I know the battery isn't the problem. Not knowing if my computer would even boot without the battery plugged in, I replaced it and tried powering on again. Power came on, but shut off in about 2 seconds again.

From there, I checked the adapter voltage output and it read normal, so the adapter isn't the issue. When I have the battery in and the adapter in, the battery light is on, so supposedly the power connection to the computer is good too (may be wrong on that one). I started testing components and found that the ram was okay (still presented 2 seconds t... Read more

A:Laptop dead or just hard drive?

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My lap tops hard drive is dead,i have a new ssd hard drive.i want to change it.i need the windows key to upgrade the windows,how can i get hold of tht info please?im using windows 8.1 home version. thank you for your time. 

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Hey guys-

I'm pretty heartbroken on this one....My 20Giig HD for my Inspiron 8100 bit the dust.

I was fairly well backed up, but am missing my 3 YO daughter's birthday party and first day of school JPEGs. I tried jumping as a secondary on another PC- (this worked in a similar inceident few yrs back) and at first it recognized the drive and then made alot of wrilling and clicking noises and then it would not assign it a drive and allow me to get at it..... A few more re-boots and it will not recognize it.

Do any of you guys have any suggestions? OR would it be worth my while to get it to one of these "data recovery firms"? And hope they don't gouge to badly.....

Thanks in Advance,


A:Dead Dell Laptop Hard Drive

Try freezing it in the deep freeze for an hour (in a plastic bag) then accessing it before it warms up.

Its usually good for one try only, but has a measure of success depending on the nature of the failure.

Think many many hundreds of $ for professional recovery if the drive needs disassembly to extract the data.

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i need away to retrieve so info off a toshiba laptop hard drive. vista has crashed on it so i need a connection or a program to get the info off. plz help

A:important info on a laptop hard drive

Hello and welcome to TSF.

There are multiple ways to do this. My favorite is to simply take the hard drive out of the laptop and put it in a desktop computer, then just take whatever files you'd like off of it. If you don't want to open it up, you can use this method which uses Knoppix: http://lifehacker.com/192982/geek-to...with-a-boot-cd

However, what exactly happened to the current installation of Vista? Have you tried Startup Repair?

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(1) I have a hard drive in my, now dead, laptop. Is there somehow I can pull that hard drive out and read it using my desktop computer? I'm assuming the hard drive didnt' fail.

(2) My mother in-law's laptop crashed. She wants to get her laptop repaired without sending in hard drive or do the same as I mention under (1).

WIth the lower prices of laptops, it's probably cheaper to just replace them but would like the data off the drives.

Is there a way?

A:Solved: dead laptop hard drive back up

Depends whats wrong with the laptop....as for removing the LP HD yes you can put it in an Enclosure and use a USB port on another PC...or you can get an 2.5 to 3.5 adapter and plug it in internally to a desktop PC as a second HD



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My old laptop is dead (will not start up -- it's either the mobo or CPU). I read in a previous forum post to buy an adaptor that converts your laptop hard drive to be able to connect to the desktop -- the link no longer works. So....

I found this connector from CompUSA -- will this work?


A:Dead Laptop Hard Drive Data Recovery

That will work just fine.

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My friend has a dell laptop, and now when they turn it on it just gets a black screen. I tried it, it just has a blinking cursor in the top left corner.
I booted to a linux mint cd, but when you try to mount the hard drive, it gives an error about the file system being half broken or something (sorry I don't have the exact error, but basically it said it couldn't mount and you should run chkdsk /f in windows)
So I took the hard drive out and put it in my usb drive dock. At first it seemed to add the drive, but, in explorer it only showed the dell recovery partition drive, not the main boot drive. I looked in computer management, and it doesn't show the drive at all, and then in explorer the dell recovery drive disappeared. Now explorer won't respond.
If I go to safely remove hardware it does show it as E and G, so I guess it's sort of seeing both the recovery and main drive partitions. I just clicked on it to safely remove but nothing is happening. Explorer is still not responding.
How should I proceed?

A:Trying to recover files from maybe dead laptop hard drive

10 minutes later safely remove finally comes up and says its safe to remove the drive (and explorer is no longer frozen) haha. I'm going to just turn off the dock for now and wait for some replies here because I'm not sure what to do next.

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Here's a tough one. I recently killed my windows 7 laptop (I don't want to talk about it). I pulled the hard drive and set it up as an external drive, so I can see all the files through my new windows 8 laptop. I downloaded and installed windows live mail 2012 on the new laptop, tracked down all my email files and manually transferred them over -- that worked like a charm. Transferring the contacts is not so easy, though.

The contact file appears to be "contacts.edb," but it's a hidden file. Even when I check the appropriate box to show hidden files, it still won't show. And if I search for the file, it doesn't show. BUT, if I search for the folder "DBStore" then the file "dbstore.ini" shows up, and when I select "open file location" the hidden files are visible in that folder, including "contacts.edb." Still with me?

I can't open the old live mail program to export this file -- if anyone can tell me how to do that, it would solve the problem, I think. I CAN drag it into the appropriate folder on the new laptop, but windows live 2012 pretends like it's not there. I've downloaded 3 different format conversion programs to convert an edb file to pst or csv or whatever, but none of them have worked. So, the only other thing I can think of is trying to get live email 2012 to look directly at the old file in it's old spot on the old hard drive, but I don't know if that's possible. If it's possible, I can't figure it ou... Read more

A:Reclaiming Live Mail contact from dead laptop hard drive

The Contacts should be at
C:\Users\user.name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Contacts\Default\15.5\DBStore
Copy the folder "Contacts", and its contents, to the exact same location in you new installation (to Windows Live). Should do the trick.

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Hello all, I need to resolve the following issue and need assistance:
ISSUE: I have a dell desktop that has gone into failure unkown. Valueable music libraries are stored on the hard drive. I suspect the hard drive is still intact!
QUESTION: Can I extract the hard drive from the terminal machine which was an XP pro 32 bit and install to a healthy 64 bit Windows 7 machine and retrieve and back up the music libraries?


A:Hard Drive Rescue

Yes you should be able to
At worst the 7OS will deny you access to the other HDD but you can easily change permissions/ownership of the other HDD to gain full access.

Remove whatever files you want, format it then you got a spare hdd

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Help me friends! So my brother was trying to install a new Western Digital hard drive he purchased. Now when he turns the computer on he gets a non stop beeping. Now searching google the only solution I come up with is either video or memory problems which has nothing to do with the hard drive. I dont see anything wrong with the memory sticks I took them off and put them back in and they seem to be fine. I was thinking it could be a defective hard drive but now when i put the old hard drive in I get the same continuous beeping noise. The computer is a couple of years old and was built by a friend of his So I'm not sure all the specs.

Any ideas?

A:TSG to the rescue! - Help with Hard drive please

Graphics card, usually that is what you will get when your computer loads and just beeps. If you have an ATI Radeon of any sort, make sure you plugged it in right. It should be plugged it from your main powersupply, to your graphics card, and then to your Hard drive.

Try that other computers graphic card, see if that does it.

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I have a 40gb western digital IDE hard drive that I need data from but am proving rubbish at getting it set up in a PC.

I wonder for speed if this would help - use a USB 2.0 to IDE & SATA Cable connected to my PC. Something such as this:


If I connect the drive up to my PC or laptop can I simply access it as another drive and pull off the files I need or is this too simplistic a view? Thoughts and tips welcomed.

A:Can this rescue data from an IDE hard drive?

That is a great (and often used) approach to try recover data from a questionable drive . A couple tips:
1. If the data is very important to you suggest the FIRST thing you do before attempting any recovery is a sector-by-sector copy of the the drive using Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost (personally, i like Acronis)
2. This way not matter what happens during recovery attempts you can always restore the disk image to current state
3. You might want to then run
=> chkdsk just to check/report if any disk errors (but not fix/change anything)
=> chkdsk /r which both checks for errors (including bad sectors) and fixes errors (including bad sectors)

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Please can someone help me.........so desperate
I have a 320GB Iomega USB external Hard drive which i have been using to backup personal information, family photo's over the years and now I cannot access it.

Yesterday all seemed fine when using it although the wife had a slight problem when it seem to freeze on PC so restarted computer but now we cannot access USB hard drive. I have tried googling problem but cannoy find a solution as yet.

For your information to help me with is:-
I plug the USB hard drive in and it is recognised on the Device Manager working OK, I also goto > Click Start, right-click the My Computer icon and select Manage.

Click the plus (+) sign next to Storage > Click Disk Management. and it does not have a drive letter but towards the bottom it is recognised as Disk 1 but has a Red arrow and underneath that it says "Not Initialized"??
I have tried the hard drive on several Laptops but no joy, always doing same thing that it is rocognised but no drive letter.

Is there anyway I can retrieve the information as dont want to lose years of Family photo's without initializing the Hard drive as I will lose everything wont I???



A:Please Help...Rescue information on USB hard drive

can no one help????

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Normally it would be pretty simple but I’ve got a bit of a twist this time…

The HD in question is a couple year old Lacie 500GB Big Disk drive… now, with it being an older external, Lacie didn’t put 1 500GB inside, they used 2 250GB and ‘bridged’ them using a little circuit which also contained the connection for the USB…

Now, the issue I have with the drive isn’t that the drives themselves are corrupted, rather I have two healthy 250GB hard drives… the issue is that the small device inside the case that ‘bridges’ the two drives and acts as a USB connector has gone kaput meaning the devices have lost their relationship to each other… from my attempts so far it appears that both drives are mapped together and that data is spread across the two drives meaning it’s a little more complex than putting each drive into a new enclosure… I’ve tried connecting the individual drives internally to my desktop PC as per the typical HD but having no success regardless of whether I connect the one drive or hook the two up to the same IDE port… either the drive is not recognised or it is displayed in disk manager as a ‘dynamic’ (I think) drive that is unsuitable for use and needs formatting – exactly what I don’t want to do given the 500GB of data that’s on there…

Any suggestions so that I can get the data off these drives and onto another external???

Many thanks.

A:External Hard Drive Rescue

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I have an HP Inspiron 8200 laptop. The hard drive failed, I think. It just sits and clicks away for hours without booting. Soooo I bought a new hard drive, replaced it and it is working fine. I took the old drive and put it in a USB external enclosure and connected it to the laptop. It just sits and clicks away. Is there any way to recover the files on the disk? I cant access it from explorer as it just never stops clicking. Any suggestions? Running Win XP home on both the old and the new. Thanks.


A:Solved: Hard Drive Rescue - Help!

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sony vaio xp sp2...lots of peripheral usage, we have front and rear usb ports, digital cameras, printers, mp3 players
one morning when switching the usb printer cable from the laptop back to the front usb port on the desktop, the computer froze and NONE of the usb's front or back, have worked ever since.

important to note is that we do lots of plugging/unplugging usbs for the above devices

what we have tried to awaken our usb's (keep in mind we are in the early learning stages of computer knowledge...)

static discharge
safe mode reinstallation of usb root,etc
system restore...didn't work...no matter how far back we went

last ditch chance is a system recovery, so we bought an external hard drive and are backing up ( as with everything we do, not without problems, but that is another post here)
in preparation for the recovery

any other, clear step by step advice for us?
thanks in advance!

A:Solved: all dead usb ports....not dying...DEAD.

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These two hard drives I have, the 30 gig and 20 gig are relatively OLD as in 3-4 years old. In the last 24 hours, I've notice screen freezes, a noise that isn't right as in a high pitched squeal and then it will all unfreeze. Yesterday, It would freeze so bad that I would have all my screens stop responding. I would have to go to Task Manager and end them. And then do a Cnt/Alt/Del. That didn't even work.

And you know how if you hit that twice, it's suppose to reboot? Well, not here. And during rebooting, it would FREEZE! I would have to do the *one fingered salute* to get it back up and running, which I HATE to do. But I did wait til it was technically off before turning it off.

If I was doing a normal reboot, it works fine. It's only during a screen freeze that we have the problem. Could my hard drive be biting the dust finally? I have taken precautions and gotten everything of importance off the computer already. If I can't replace it by going online or putting in a CD, it's on my husband's computer or burned onto a cd (or both) . I'm just afraid I'm losing my hard drive.

A:Is my hard drive dying?

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So the last few days whenever I reboot my computer it gives me this error that says something like...
"A problem with the hard drive has been detected. Consult the troubleshooting section of your users manual. Press enter to continue"

And then it lets me boot up fine. I did a chkdsk C: /f /r and a defrag but still getting there error. My hard drive is also making this random "clicking" noise. It almost sounds as though a marble is being dropped in my hard drive. My guess is that its the hard drive going back trying to find that error on the hard drive or something. These are the errors i have gotten through event viewer:

Event ID: 52
The driver detected that drive \Device\Harddisk\DR0 has predicted that it will fail. Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk. A failure may be imminent

Event ID: 51 (this one came up twice in one day)
An error detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation

Event ID: 9
The device, \Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP0T0L0, did not respond within the target period.

Event ID 1003
Error code 100000d1, Parameter 1 00000034, Parameter 2 00000002, Parameter 3 00000000, Parameter 4 F88C28F0

I am guessing that the hard drive is doomed to fail soon. Is there anything I can do or am I right to assume I should just get a new hard drive now? Thanks for the help

A:Hard Drive Dying??


a virus will sometimes cause a disk utility such as scandisk to report multiple serious disk errors.

but the clicking noise indicates the platters in the hard drive playing "bumper cars"...probably on its way out.

back up your info now

get a new hard drive and use xxclone to copy your operating system and programs

or just format the new hard drive, and slave the old one to it to copy your important data.

good luck

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Hi, I have a Toshiba Laptop Satellite P744 for about 3 years now, with windows 7. I keep having this recurring situation when I login. It does not happen all the time but seems to be increasing in frequency. Here is what happens:

When I login the bottom task bar is no longer translucent, the start menu and explorer windows are all different, not translucent. It looks to me more like XP.

Shortly after starting I get an error balloon pop up from the task bar saying: "Failed to connect to a windows service, windows could not connect to the system event notification service...etc" I have a screenshot of the entire message.

Then I get another error message pop up saying: "NT Kernal System has changed since the last time you used it"

Sometimes if I restart it will start properly again in windows 7 but not all the time and sometimes I have to do a system restore to get it back and this is happening more and more. Does this mean my hard drive is dying? Is it time to replace it? I am a pretty heavy user and it runs almost all the time but I really don't know what this means.

I am placing this link to screenshots I took of all the errors:

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Hi all
i just wanted to know, how do you tell if your hard drive is dying.
i am on windows 98 and it is a compaq computer it is two years old, i started to get the blue screen saying cant read c drive, then sometimes it was not enough memory, i have done adaware and that has fixed most of the problems and only once in the last week i have got a blue screen. i shut down the puter and when i went to restart it, it went to do a scan as it said it wasnt shut down right, but it was, Anyway after it did the scan it said that it found a bad sector and it might become unstable.
i have not reformated as i dont know what that is, as i am only learning as i go.
This is some info about the puterMicrosoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A
Clean install using /T:C:\WININST0.400 /SrcDir=C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS /IS /IW /IQ /ID /IV /IZ /II /NR /II /C /U:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
IE 5 5.00.2919.6307
Uptime: 0:05:44:54
Normal mode
On "DEFAULT" as "Default"
Compaq Computer Corporation
GenuineIntel x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 3
65% system resources free
Windows-managed swap file on drive C (12943MB free)
Available space on drive C: 12943MB of 14338MB (FAT32)
Available space on drive D: 141MB of 294MB (FAT32)
hope this info is a help
look forward to hearing back from you all


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i forgot to say that everything else is going good. i still can save and download have no other trouble apart from that message
ok then thanks

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Here's my prob.I keep getting this error, Source: Disk Event ID: 11 The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0\DR0. It seam to start after I put in 8gig's of ram,I ran memtest86 for over 3 hours and everything came out fine with that.I reloaded in windows x64 and that didn't help.Sometimes when windows starts I'll get the blue screen of death,but it go's by so fast I can't read it,also when booting at the loading screen it will just sit there,the light on the pc doesn't blink and rebooting won't work.I have to shut the pc pown and turn off all power to it for a bit then windows will fire up again with on probs.I know it's not over heating, I have a 120mm fan blowing right on it.I also changed out the cable and that didn't help.If any one can give me some ideas that would be great.....Thanx

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It seam to start after I put in 8gig's of ram,Click to expand...

can you go back to the original memory configuration ?

if so see if the PC is stable again ....

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Hi, i'm having trouble with my harddrive when i turn the PC on it will act like normal for a while for instance i can play games or do windows tasks but at random times my computer will just die and it will act as if it is switching on and off over and over again rapidly. Also i have noticed that the harddrive is making more noise than it usually does and the computer in general has been running much slower than it should.
Will i have to replace my harddrive ? i do not know what else to do about the problem, i have tried anti spyware and the like but normally the machine won't stay on long enough for them to finish.

My machine is:
Intel P4 3.0GHZ
1024MB Ram
120GB Harddrive

Thanks For Your Help. Jay.

A:I Think My Hard Drive Is Dying! Help Please!

A failing hard drive normally wont shut a pc down, i believe your problem lies elsewhere!!!
First, get the side off and remove all dust!!
Second, get speedfan from the downloadssection and use it to monitor temperatures , voltages, and hard drive S.M.A.R.T. characteristics.

Post here anything that looks out of the ordinary!!!!

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My computer occasionally makes buzzing noises that last approximately 5 seconds. The computer does not stall in any way, nothing flickers, there is no noticable change in performance while this happens. I am not certain if this buzzing is caused by the CD-ROM Drive (Which I doubt -- it is new and works ok) or by my hard drive (which is frightening, but the computer works fine) or by some other peripheral.

I have experienced some problems whena DVD is in the drive while booting up the computer, but I have been advised just to remove the DVD to avoid them (Someone suggested it was a virusscan issue)

Is it possible that the Hard drive is on its way out even though the buzzing doens't effect the performance at all?

Either way, I'm backing up right now!


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After leaving my computer idle while I'm at work or for a full day or so, or sometimes just a few hours...when I click on "My Computer" on my desktop, the window pops up empty and Task Manager says it's Not Responding. Ending task just clears my desktop and after a few minutes, it comes back. Same problem. I can't access any files or go into explorer, my computer, etc unless I reboot. Not sure why this is happening? Is my hard drive just shutting off or something??
XP Home
1gig Ram
80 gig hard drive
2.26ghz P4

A:Is this my hard drive dying?

First before you do anything rash I would try doing a repair install of Windows XP. If the problem still comes back, back up all your data and format the HD.

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The hard drive on my PC is apparently dying. I need to replace it... no big deal, I can handle that. But I want to get my information off the drive because I stupidly haven't backed it up recently. I can get the drive to start (with protests and a very slow reaction time), but though I can hear it spinning and feel the vibrations, it won't trigger the monitor. I don't get a "no signal" message, all I get is the power light blinking at me.

I DO know that the monitor works. I've hooked it up to my laptop and was able to get it to display. Also, the second hard drive on the desktop will trigger the monitor (disconnected the main hard drive and the second drive will run and function properly, so it has to be the main hard drive, right?). I've tried both the current video card and the old one that I replaced... either one works on the secondary hard drive, neither on the primary.

I freely admit to not being the best when it comes to the innards of my computer... I'm much better at the software side of things. Anything that you can suggest that I try before I surrender this beast to a computer "doctor"? All I want to do is copy all my files and I need to see what I'm doing...

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Recently my Laptop (toshiba 2545 cds) running 1st Ed Win 98, is booting up slowly. But sometimes it doesn't fully boot at all.

I noticed it when the screen froze up early in the day.
Each time it did it I hear a faint pop over the speakers.

Normally, when I try to boot up the computer. I get a strong flashing HD lights and some dim flickering.

Lately, when I reboot, I've noticed that the HD light flicker rapidly and dimly.

It was a fast to boot up the Anti-virus pre-scan and the The toshiba (red) splash screen logo too.

But then I'd either get a blank black screen and or a blank black screen with a tiny hour glass in the center of it. Sometimes that would be for quite awhile, then if it took too long it would just shut down.

Then sometimes it would reach the Windows splash screen and boot up.
Forget about the safe mode restart, it will shutdown, but not complete the start up. It also did that or a regular restart too.

I did a Scan Disk and a disk De-frag, neither reported any problems. But I do have a few bad bytes or clusters (312k worth approx).

Is this the beginning of the end for my hard drive?
Or is this the time to reboot windows 98 again.
The second option, is such a pain and takes quite some time to re-install all the programs.

I ran a Hijack and found no problems.
I ran a spybot and found no bots.
I ran a spyblaster and had no problems
I ran a few Antivirus programs (Dos, Memory and drive C) and found no viruses.
I ran an Adware program a... Read more

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I have a hard drive that is dying on me. Its still working but on boot up, bios returns with a bad disk on start up. Able to resume and run windows as usual with minimal issues ( slow load times, slow saves etc) I bought a new HD and backed up the dying old one. My question is what would you suggest I do. Im not sure if I should just use the dying disk as a back up? Or perhaps raid the 2. Or perhaps another possibility.

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If a harddrive is dying or dead its not much good for anything anymore.All you can do is junk it.

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Hi i have a problem.. I think my hard drive is dying, The reason being is I can not boot my PC...
Please can someone help me.. i cannot boot in safe mode either. hense why i am stuck.



A:Is my Hard drive dying

You can put in your windows CD and try to install windows, if it can't see any drive to format or install then your drive has problem probably dead.

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I have 2 hard drives in my computer: a 40 gig Western Digital 7200rpm, and a 15 gig Maxtor 7200rpm.

When I try to read off of the Maxtor it is very very slow. It took me 4 days to format it. I can write files just fine, but when it tries to read a file, it moves to turtle speed. I moved the Maxtor to another computer and installed a clean copy of Windows 2000 pro on it. The install went fine... it took about 25 minutes. But when I went to boot up it took almost 10 minutes. Also, when I try to load any program it takes *FOREVER*. I installed Red Hat Linux 7.3, which had the same problem. I've removed all partitions, and manually entered cylinders/heads/etc in bios... still extremely slow.

I hope the hard drive isn't dying?... It is only 10 months old.

Please Help.

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call the people at Maxtor , it sounds like something is wrong with it and you might get a new one.

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Hello all,

I am experiencing a problem with my computer which I believe is being caused by one of my data hard drives

Before I go into details here is my current hardware:

Q6600 3.0GHZ
6GB PC2 6400 800mhz (2x 2gb/2x 1gb)
Nvidia GTX 275 896mb
Onboard soundcard
Windows 7 x64
Jeantech 1000W PSU

Operating system is on 500GB drive
++ two 1TB data drives (2.5TB total storage)

The problem:

Upon accessing certain files in one of my 1TB drives, I hear a distictive "click/lockup/halt" sound and then the entire system crashes (first the drive will become inaccessible, then windows explorer will crash, followed by the mouse and eventually a BSOD after a minute)

My sixth sense is telling me there must be certain portions of this drive which are extremely corrupted/malfunctioning - an uneducated guess as to what could be happening.

Possible causes:
I rarely defragment (once a year?) and I am always working with/shifting around massive uncompressed video files (30GB+)

I haven't had to format my operating system for a few years, so could there be corrupted registry files? I haven't used any registry clean up/checking software

PSU issue? Bear in mind the computer has operated flawlessly for the past year and the crash appears to coincide with opening/accessing certain files

Generic hardware malfunction
Things I've tried:
Error checking tool (this process itself crashes the "faulty" 1TB drive after about 10 seconds causing... Read more

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Dying HDD


Do you have or have you tried using a different PSU to see if it the cause - and PSU intermittent fault is one of the hardest faults to trace without a meter - and can cause some serious head scratching issues.

It is unlikely that the cables would work loose.

Have you tried disconnecting the 1TB and then booting to see if you have the same problem. If you disconnect it then boot and everything runs fine then you deffo have a problem with the 1TB and yes it can bring down the rest of the system.

If however, you still have the problem then you could seriously ascertain that the 500gb could be the culprit and not the 1TB.


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Hi, I have a Toshiba Laptop Satellite P744 for about 3 years now, with windows 7. I keep having this recurring situation when I login. It does not happen all the time but seems to be increasing in frequency. Here is what happens:

When I login the bottom task bar is no longer translucent, the start menu and explorer windows are all different, not translucent. It looks to me more like XP.

Shortly after starting I get an error balloon pop up from the task bar saying: "Failed to connect to a windows service, windows could not connect to the system event notification service...etc" I have a screenshot of the entire message.

Then I get another error message pop up saying: "NT Kernal System has changed since the last time you used it"

Sometimes if I restart it will start properly again in windows 7 but not all the time and sometimes I have to do a system restore to get it back and this is happening more and more. Does this mean my hard drive is dying? Is it time to replace it? I am a pretty heavy user and it runs almost all the time but I really don't know what this means.

I am placing this link to screenshots I took of all the errors:

Here is a link to all my computer specs: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/n...MWcuRIO8IFYnG2

A:Is my hard drive dying?

Have you made full-partition backups of your OS and data partitions to an external source? You might want to make a couple of images each, then get ready for the regulars, seasoned techs, to give you detailed advice. I'm simply a newbie here.

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Two times in the last week when I have cold booted for the evening I have got a double beep, and a Bad Checksum error message in Dos right at the start. All my Bios seem to be reset ( back to factory settings maybe ?), and I have to go through changing them all back to what I need again. I know my clock battery could do with a change, but does it affect this ?. Anyone can help I would be grateful, thanks.

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Yes, most definitely, this is a sign that the cmos battery needs to be replaced.......however, before you do the change, write down all your settings...you'll need to go back in and redo them.

BTW, welcome to TSG!

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i have a second hard drive which does contain bad sectors..i want to take it out as i am convinced it is slowing down my pc it makes this squeaky noise everytime i do something...all i have used it for is mp3's so if i take it out there will be no great loss.....the question is if i do take it out do i have to change the settings on my cd rom..i am not to sure about these settings i remember when my cd rom broke i took it out the machine and everytime i booted up i got an error message that's why i was wondering if i had to change the settings onece the second hard drive was out.

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Is the second hard drive on the same cable with the first hard drive? or is on the cable with the CDROM?

If it's on the first cable with the other hard drive, you just need to disconnect it and remove it.

If it's on the same cable with the cdrom, you'll need to change the jumper setting on the cdrom to MASTER....

In both events, you should enter into your bios setup after you have done this to re-recognize the drives.

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My laptop is almost 4 years old. This morning I started hearing a scraping sound from the HDD. Right now I booted into an old Knoppix CD. I tried running fsck but nothing seemed to happen. Anything else I can do?

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I keep all my data on a Samsung hard disk drive. Recently when I tried to make my regular Macrium backup it failed with an error message indicating that there was a problem with the disk. I ran Crystaldisk which failed it and found 4 pending sectors. I then tried the Seagate disk tools (since Samsung hard drives have been taken over by Seagate since I bought mine) and got an error message saying disk fail, request replacement. However, it also suggested trying to zero-write the disk before returning in case that overwrote the bad sectors identified.

I've low level reformatted the disk a couple of times and wrritten zeros to the whole disk. Now neither Crystaldisk or Seagate tools can find anything wrong with the disk, and the low level formatting software I used found no bad sectors.

So is my disk fixed, or is it an expensive paperweight that's waiting to fail? For what it's worth, it's nearly three years old. WHen I bought it it came with a three year warrenty but Seagate doesn't seem to think it's covered by them any more. So despite being under warrenty I won't be able to replace it - especially if I've just gone and done something to it that has eliminated the bad sectors and made it look good again!

Incidentally as soon as I first got the Macrium message I swapped it for a good disk, so I haven't lost any data. But it would be nice to know if I should continue using it for non-intense things like non-critical data backups or not.

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Look at the label on the drive for a date, could be it was on a store shelf for awhile before you got it. Sometimes products don't get to the seller right away. If you have the sales slip/invoice from a reputable dealer Seagate should honor it or maybe you could return it to the seller you got it from. If the drive was handled like some cameras are with the Gray Market, it may not have a legitimate entry into the country.

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I have a samsung r530 that is 1 ish almost years old. Says its Processor Intel Core i3 330E @ 2133MHz with 4gig MB of RAM.

I am hearing a clicking noise, sounds like a an old fashion cash register, like pages turning... click click, AND it has just started to stay "hung up" when i opened a webpage like it is working real hard! These are new things happening, I think the noise was always like that, but it was one quick click noise before.

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Sounds like the beginning of the end.

I'd copy all critical files, particularly personal data, to some other drive or disc. Sooner rather than later.

Then I would run the hard drive manufacturer's disk utility application to see if it turns up any errors.

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