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Recovering personal data off an old windows7 HDD

Q: Recovering personal data off an old windows7 HDD

So my laptop's motherboard fried, and so I ended up creating a new desktop. I also got a usb enclosure for the old HDD, and managed to get most of the data off- with the exception of anything in my personal user folder- which includes documents, desktop files, and the download folder. Unfortunately, that is pretty much most of what I need/want. I have the old Username/password for my old windows account but I have no idea how to retrieve it, as it keeps denying me access. Any advice on how I should proceed?

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You need to right click on the User/[user name] folder and select 'take ownership'. This should allow you access if you are logged on as an administrator.


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My friend's Compaq Presario CQ57 (Windows 7 Home Premium) was recently wiped after she got the BSoD and couldn't go back into her computer. She's now set up a new account.

Is there anyway to get back personal data from before the BSoD?

(I have attached the BSoD that she got)

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The BSOD is of no relevance to the present situation. Everything depends on what was done when the computer was "wiped". It can have different meanings.

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Hey all, I am brand new to this forum and dealing with the internals of computers. Please bear with me.

I have a really old eMachines (2000-2002) that just recently took a dump. It would no longer power on at all. So I went to the store and got a power supply, and for the first time ever took the side panel off of the tower. After switching the bad power supply for the good one, the CPU powered right up. However, I had no video output which led me to belive that my video card is bad. My next step was to return the power supply and get an IDE hard drive enclosure that I picked up at a locally owned computer shop. I hooked up the enclosure to my laptop and let kaspersky go to work on all the viruses and what not I knew had to be on there from that way that thing had started acting over the years. Once completed I went to retreive the information (twelve years worth of music, photos, ect.) that I cared about. upon opening Music, the folder was empty, pictures was that same case. So then I found Jims Share Drive (IIRC) that had a large file size. I guess that's where all my stuff is, but when I try to open the file I get told that I don't have the privledges. I never put a password up or anything. Is there any way to bypass this so I can access my stuff.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Also, I hope I didn't ramble too much.

A:Recovering personal files from an old IDE HD

Make sure you have administrator rights. I will assume you are on at least Win XP.. Right click on the folder in question, go to properties, security. Check the setting there. Add yourself to the list.

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Hello, i have a samsung qx411-w01 and i was having issues with it such as blue screen crashes, several program crashes etc. Unfortunately, my system restores got cleaned out and there was not a way to go back before the errors started. I decided to use Samsung Recovery Solutions to restore my windows files but instead of a quick restore i mistakenly did a complete restore which restored my entire windows drive (not just folder) and deleted ALL my personal files and reverted my computer to the state it was when i got it in 2012. Im currently trying to get my files back using recuva but everything is disorganized and i have no idea how to get it all back... I want to recover entire folders but the files are scattered. I mostly just want music, playlists, pictures, documents, videos, pdfs, etc. Im not worried about reinstalling the programs and settings. I havent been touching my computer much because i dont want deleted files to get overwritten. I really need help restoring my computer to what it was, what should i do? Please help

A:All Personal files deleted, need help recovering

The problem is, if the location where the data is you want to recover has been written over, during the restore, its not accessible.
With the restore to factory settings, many user data areas have already been overwritten.

I used Recuva one time to try and recover some user files after an OS corruption (caused by a motherboard failure) and my backup software failed me (Acronis at the time) would not restore. I did not do anything to the drive. Some of my user files were recoverable and some were not. I just counted myself lucky for the ones I did recover.

But, this is also a lesson on why backups are needed. Not for IF they will ever be needed, but for WHEN they are needed.

I have since dumped Acronis True Image and moved on to Macrium Reflect for backups and no more problems with restoring.

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Dear Friends.
Hope this finds you well!
I'm not certain this is in the best forum, but it is a Windows 7 computer
I was trying to do another sets of DVD's from existing MP4 files from a SanDisk Ultra 32GB card. These would then be used with DVD Flick and ImgBurn to make the DVD's. The first(2) DVD's worked well but somehow a few of the files were not copied entirely. So, I was redoing these again to make certain I had ALL the files for the next (2) DVD's.
These are files my older brother entrusted to me for me to convert them to a DVD format. They are files of his daughters nearly entire basketball season [frames] of about 70 files and were sentimental to him and his daughter.
I feel personally responsible to correct this if it is at all possible!? It could get ugly
It was an honest error on my part as I mistakenly deleted what was titled Video 100 on the SanDisk which contained all these MP4 files. I didn't realize I was removing them from the SanDisk. I'm hoping there is a free date recovery app I could use for this one application so that an expensive license would not be required!?
Thank You in advance for your care, compassion and cooperation. I'm stuck in the mud...
Very Truly Yours,
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3983 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 45 Express Ch... Read more

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My Dell Laptop came with Windows Vista Home Premium. I didn't get any Windows Disk but there is a Windows Vista Recovery partition from which I can restore laptop to the condition it was when I first got it. It has only 2 partitions; the system partition and recovery partition.
Now I want to install Windows 7. I tried to shrink the system partition so I can save the Vista installation, programs and data and install Win7 for a dual boot but I can only get 14GB even though HDD capacity is 320GB and free space is more than 100GB. I like to have the ability of restoring my laptop anytime to its original condition with Vista.

1 - I need to install Win 7 and use it regularly
2 - Want to have the ability to restore that to its factory settings ( Don't want to harm the Recovery partition & ability to recover from it)
3 - Optionally! Better if I can dual boot the default Vista with my new Win 7

Shrinking won't help because it doesn't give enough space, can I use Norton Ghost or something like that to save my original HDD image. But then I will have it saved somewhere else not in my own Laptop if I had to remove the recovery partition and format the disk again.
Please give me my options and tools which I can use. Thank you very much.

A:Installing Windows7 without removing Vista recovering partition (DELL)

Installing Windiws 7 may/may not make the Dell Recovery Partition unusable.

How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support

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Evening team,

I was repartitioning a 3 NTFS partitioned 1,5tb drive down to one partition via win 7 Disk Management tool. I successfully shrank one of the partitions. After shrinking the second partition, win 7 had a hiccup and reported the remaining single partition is now in a 'RAW' format. I still have data on the drive that i would like to recover prior to reformatting it.

Apparently, on reading up about "RAW' files, the data is still there. What i would like to do is to somehow view the data and extract portions of it at a time to other smaller hds. From what i has read i can only extract everything to another 1.5tb drive, which i just don,t have available. If i can find a solution, i will eventually reformat and reuse my 1.5tb drive.

So my question is:

How can i extract portions of data from a "raw" drive to a second smaller drive?

Thanks for looking

A:Recovering data from a 'RAW' hd

You could try Recuva (free) file recovery.

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

If that doesn't work there are also other paid programs that may work.
There may be other free programs, I'm not sure.

I used "[email protected] UNDELETE", and it worked very well for me.
They have a free TRIAL program, so you can see what can be restored and restore very small files.
It does cost for the version that can restore all files.

UNDELETE Files - [email protected] UNDELETE Software recovers deleted files, folders & partitions

hope this helps

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Hello forum.

Thank you for having such a great resource!

I'm not too sure this is in the correct forum, if not I apologize. I have a windows XP machine that has data recovery software installed on it. I have a external drive (HFS+) that can no longer mount on a Mac. My data recovery software can see all the data, the problem arises when I attempt to save that data to a new exernal. Since XP sees the new external as NTFS, I cant copy the HFS+ files to it. Is there a work around to this?

Thank in advance


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I need to recover important data from a hard drive i formatted. I used partition magic to do it, so i believe it only deleted the header info. Is there a way to restore the header information? If I need to restore the data, what program do you recommend? I have go back but is there something that is better? How do you recommend I go about this?


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These 2 are among the best:

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html (Click "Other" and "Scan all clusters".)

The only possible solution for the "unformatting" that I know of would be to run this program to create a floppy, boot from it, and run pr.exe at the prompt. Have it scan for partitions and file systems that may still be on the drive and repair them. But use the recovery programs first to see if you can get your data from the partition in case the repair makes things worse (It has been known to happen).


Other possibilities are the "unformat" and "mirror" commands in DOS:



This program works very well, but it is doubtful that it works any better then the free alternatives I have listed:


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I have a Quantum 10gb hard drive. When in Fdisk, it says Non-Dos partition with no valid file system listed. How do I get the data off this drive? It is not accessible when hooking up as a master or slave.

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are you wanting to install an operating system on this drive?
if so you can boot with the 2k/xp cd rom and format/install from there........without using a boot floppy.

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Windows was repaired on a machine and the user profile seems to have been erased....

What software do you guys recommend for recovery?

Get back data for ntfs?
EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard?
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Software?

Some other software?

Hdd was running XP.


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I hope that you understand to turn off that machine - NOW.

Connect the drive to another working machine.

Many here use Recuva. I use File Scavenger and/or Recover My Files (I have each on different machines).

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Hi everyone, I was wondering which program/s you use to recover data off a corrupt or formatted hard drives. Say you had photos you needed to get back or what about general files, say doc. files, do you use the same program or is one program better for certain files than another? Ive used Recover my Files in the past with vering results.
Would be interested to read your opinions.

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Unformat C:

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my problem is that i had windows XP installed on my pc then after a while it started geting slow due to number of programs and less storage space and perhaps a few viruses as well. then it would hangup as soon as i log in to the windows so i had to install another version of windows XP. I did so but when the new version scanned the drive that had previous window (XP) it did something with the clusters either removed them or deleted them (i dont remember) so nw i have lost all my folders that i earlier had on that drive i.e. folders made on desktop or "my documents". Only the non window folders are there but all the data i stored in window related folders is gone, as all the folders are gone as well, but the catch is that the space of that drive is still occupied, can you find me any way that i can recover my files??? please please help me

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i use a xp based system. i have a 80 gb hard disk with four 4 partitions all NTFS.

the system notified my that a file is corrupt and that i need to run a chkdsk,
instead of running the utility i decided to do a cold reboot cos i was hoping the checkdisk would run since it wasnt shutdown properly. but as it turns out a disk read error occured and the system wasnt booting-up.

i tried using the recovery(repair) console option after booting using an xp cd but wen i run chkdsk i got an error message wich said the disk had two or more unrecoverable errors(i dnt exactly remember the correct message but its pretty close to this)

so then i decided to format the c drive and reinstall the os. after installation i found out some files from drives d e f have been lost.

plz help me out i have lost a few very important files. and if theres any chance of recovering file from the c drive that would be a bonus.

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I have had a SATA HDD for about 2 years and never backed up silly I know.
With numerous problems in the past month being solved I know have a very slow computer that takes literally half an hour to boot - and this is with a clean install.

Someone has suggests that I need to delete the MBR and start all over again.

Fair enough, but I have some files that I need to keep. I have tried to back them up to a networked computer, even copying and posting them. But to no avail.

I think that there are too many bad sectors so this just keeps on throwing up errors and causing the action to terminate.
So, I need to recover the data that is on an 80GB HDD that is partitioned into two 40Gig drives. It is the second partition that I need recovered - I dont care about the first.
I have tried Hard Drive Mechanic but this is only for IDEs.

I have one 15GB IDE drive thats ancient - cant remember the last time I used with windows installed on it to try and recover data.

Any help will be most appreciated.

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I purchased Norton's Ghost 10.0 to take images of my hard drive and to back up my files.

Using it as a recovery disk, you boot from it. It has a little know utility which allows it to analyse the drive and list the programs, files etc.

You can then select the drive you want to save them to.

It saved my butt, when I partitioned my C drive when I reinstalled Windows and my second "data" drive did not show up as a drive.

I had taken an image of my C drive but not my "data" drive.

The recovery disk of Norton's Ghost was able to recover all my files.

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This probably isn't really a Windows question but I can't find a better place to put it.

I'm trying to recover files from a Dell laptop that won't boot into Windows. I think the partition is corrupt but I don't know enough to say for sure. When I try to boot normally, it says "NTLDR is missing".

When I use a Windows installation disk (as if I were going to install or repair Windows), and I get to the part where it asks me to choose a partition, it shows the partition as "C: Unknown" where the other partitions (from Dell) are FAT or FAT32. When I run Ubuntu off of a LiveCD, I can see a "52.1 GB Volume: disk", but when I try to open that it tells me "The folder contents could not be displayed". The DellRestore and DellUtility partitions can be browsed normally.

What are my best options for trying to recover the data?

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I recently copy and pasted my laptop's hard drive local disk data on my external hard drive. I then deleted all the data on my hard drive. How can I put all the copy and paste data back? Or is it impossible and I need to reinstall everything? I also copied the "Users" folder, can I at least restore everything on my background? Also, when I right click my windows background, the graphic card options aren't there anymore. I deleted the data and used a Window 7 Installation Disk to recover. I dont seem to have any security either. Do I need to buy all of them again?
I'm not sure what its called, so the thing I'm calling background has the options Screen Resolutions, Gadgets, and Personalize when you right click on it.

A:Help with recovering data

All of the data, not programs, that are on your hard drive can be copied back to your internal drive.
Programs will have to be reinstalled one by one
You should not have to repurchase any of the programs you currently own, developers understand crashes
Keep us posted

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I killed my laptop
I pulled the harddrive and connected it to my desktop to retrieve data and I've been able to get all my documents, but I can't figure out how to get to the mail store (I had some saved messages in Outlook). Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance.

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My mother board went out on my old computer. I got the hard drives out and bought a Diablotex SSD to USB 3.0 Sata Adapter to get my music off the old hard drive. The drive will show up in disk management but it is write protected so I cannot initialize it. I am pretty handy with computers but don't know where to go from here. I had everything backed up except my music.
An help is greatly appreciated.
In Windows 7

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Have had an XP system crash in notebook - can't enter XP in standard or safe mode. Need to recover data from the drive. Pulled the drive, installed as a slave in my Desktop system, and can access the drive data using the Desktop's XP system. However, the Documents and settings user directory I need to access is "not available". A tech I spoke with says this is a security function of XP - becuase there was a password set for the USER ID in the notebook's operating system, even as ADMINISTRATOR on the Desktop system, I don't have rights to access the protected data.

Anyone know of a workaround to access those directories so I can copy off the data before reformatting and reloading the drive?

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(Moderator edit: post moved to more appropriate forum. jgweed)

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You can use the Ultimate Boot CD to burn the data to CD or DVD. If you have the room on the C: partition you could use UBCD to drag&drop your files from the second partition to the primary partition, format the second partition and move the files back.

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I had to reinstall my Vista due to an accidental Os deletion. All my data is on a lost partition. I used the program findandmount to mount the lost partition on a virtual hd disk drive. But I can't chkdsk on it because it's write protected. How do I get into that drive?

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you can create a bootable USB via some data recovery software, booting from which you may be able to recover the data on the lost partition. Use Runtime Live CD or Easeus data recovery Win PE edition. but data recovery is always not 100% guaranteed.

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I have a hard drive on another computer where the motherboard went down. I have ordered another motherboard, memory, processor, etc. Am I going to be able to recover all data on the hard drive?

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I recently contracted some spyware and since my anti virus wasn't responding and my computer was noticeably slower, I accidentally performed a system recovery instead of a system restore and lost all of my previously saved documents and settings. A backup folder was created but none of my old files are there. Is there any way to recovery these? I'm sure I'll be notified if any more information is required.

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Does the backup folder contain everything from your previous version of your master drive? Look in the Backup/Documents And Settings and see if your user data is there. If it is there, make note of the folder's name. Create a new user with that name and then copy the folder to your current /Documents And Settings folder.

If the user name is the same, you must make a new temp profile and login to that profile. Be sure to give it administrative privileges. Once you log into that, delete the profile that has the same name and recreate it. Copy the backed up user profile to the current /Documents And Settings and log off the temp profile. Log into the restored profile.

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Hi, I have just formatted my girlfriends laptop and I was so cautious not to lose any music or photos that I forgot about her uni work!

Does anyone know of a utility that I can use to recover the data, it was in my documents so hopefully the re installation of windows xp wont have over written that part yet.

Any help will be very much appreciated! I am in big trouble as you can imagine!

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Ive recently reformatted my sisters computer, as i was formatting it i had my Maxtor Basics 500GB external HDD plugged in, as i started formatting it i made the mistake of deleting the partition on my external, i was wondering if there is any way possible i can recover all the data that was on my external HDD?

Thanks alot and sorry if i posted in the wrong section

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i am using windows 7 operating system and i have an external harddrive that used to be my primary. when attempting to access it through my external hd enclosure it mostly asks me to format it and shows the drive under "my computer" as just a drive with no current/maximum drive capacity and trying to open the drive results in a cyclic redundancy check error. ocassionally when plugging in the drive or changing its drive letter from drive management i get the "scan and fix or continue without scanning" promp and when i choose continue without scanning it allows me to access the drives contents. i have finally freed up enough space on my primary harddrive to backup the drives data but cannot seem to get the scan and fix prompt to show up again :[ is there any way to force it to ask to scan and fix instead of asking to format so i can recover the files? all the information i can seem to find online about it only tells me how to disable the autoplay so it no longer asks ... but i want it to ask so i can remove the data then reformat the drive fully. is there any way you can help?

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I recently experienced a hard drive crash which required me to get a new hard drive. After installing Windows XP on the new drive, I have been able to access my old hardrive.

What I want to do now is access my old user account, specifically My Documents.

The problem, I guess, is that I don't have administrator privileges to the previous user accounts after the new install.

Question: Is there any way around this?

Hope you can help.


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just recently solved the problem of not being able to boot my computer. I now have another version of windows xp installed on a different partition ......i can access most of my old files that are still located on the old partition but when i try to access anything that was in the my documents folders i get an access denied error. I still know the old passwords but there is no place to log in....any suggestions...thanks again

A:Recovering data from another partition

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP


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About two weeks ago my Win 7 Home Premium got some fatal disease which I could not cure. Ran multiple security scans with different software. None found any malware, but everything I tried made it a little worse.
Bought a new computer and now want to transfer some of the data from my old corrupted drive to the new computer. Plan to remove old drive and put it in docking station. Now for the big question. Is there any chance the old corrupted Windows will try to start from that docked drive and corrupt my new computer?
I'm guessing not since it won't be the active drive, but I want advice from someone who knows for certain it won't cause any trouble. There is nothing on that drive that's worth taking a chance of corrupting a new computer that's not even a week old.

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Now for the big question. Is there any chance the old corrupted Windows will try to start from that docked drive

It will be OK, but I would scan the drive or the files with a AV(Malwarebytes Anti Malware, MSE) before transferring the data.


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So, my corporate desktop was originally assigned to me with the previous user's login information. Today, when an error was discovered on the account, the IT dept, via T.V., decided to add a new account with my information. I asked why he didn't just change the UN + PW for the existing Login that I was already using. He said that he could not do that. Now, I was able to move all of my User folder data over, but all existing Logins(Citrix) and Firefox data is no longer working. How can I recover this from the other account? Or is possible, as I originally asked, to just change the previous UN + PW Login information in the registry for the previous account.

Your help is greatly appreciated.



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Hi James -

If you can find the location where Citrix, Firefox and any other missing program data is stored (I ask Google) in the old account, you can bypass permissioning using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console or Paragon rescue disk to recover data.

Then often you can just paste that data into the exact same folder>file in new account.

I've been able to retrieve any data this way except encrypted.

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I'm repairing a PC for a friend and the only media I had available to transfer files was a floppy disk. Has some important business related documents on and when I've gone to put the files back onto the new OS after a reformat (gone from XP to vista) the floppy comes up that it needs to be formatted before use. Is there any way I can get the documents from this floppy?

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Try the floppy in an older machine to recover the data rather than any recovery software . Was the floppy created with the XP (now Vista) machine ?

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My hard drive was recently reformatted accidentally. I've been trying to find a good drive recovery program with little luck. Any suggestions on what to do?

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PC Inspector File Recovery


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Have a friends two 1TB external HDD's (LaCies) here as he asked me if I could get them going ? One is working fine the other is dead as - now the problem is how are we going to retrieve the data contained on the dead one. By dead I mean it doesn't spin up and I cannot find anyway of opening the enclosures to see if there are dry joints on the power in side.

I think he has a lot of pics and videos on it and as the one that is going is almost full I am thinking this one would be too.

Any ideas anyoen please?

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Unfortunately, the only way you will find out if its the drive itself is to somehow get the casing open and try it in another enclosure, on the assumption you have swapped cables and ports etc.

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I am trying to recover data from a friends HD (before his system broke it was using XP Home) using a USB hard connection. I can access the disk but I keep getting access denied errors (his data is on NTFS) when I am, say, in his documents and setting folder. I have tried to take ownership (I'm using XP Pro, domain config) and various things like that and very little works.

Is there an easy way to make the whole thing permissions free ... at present the only idea I have had is to switch it to FAT32 and at 40Gb or so I think that might be beyond the limit for a FAT32 partition under XP. Also switching the file type is inherently dangerous as I might lose his data.

Any ideas how I can get around the permissions would be appreciated ... he is buying a new machine soon and I have promised him I will recover his old data.


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I have a scratched DVD-R that I need, NEED, to recover as much as I can from. Last night, it gave me a couple read errors (after copying around 350mb of the 2gb of files), so I decided I'd try again today when I had a little more time to spare. Now, when I try to open the DVD in Vista, it's showing that there are no files on the DVD, just 2.2gb of free space left. If I try navigating to it from the prompt, I get "The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable."

Does anyone have any suggestions? Are there any tools I can use to recover information from the session Vista can't see? I've already cleaned the DVD-R as much (and as safely) as possible.

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I had to have my hard drive cleaned up after a virus and beforehand I copied data onto Memorex CD-Rs. Several of them have worked fine and I've been able to put that data back onto my harddrive, but one in particular, and of course the one with the most important data, isn't working. When I insert it into my cd drive, it sows 231 MB free of 702 MB, but when I try to open it, there is nothing in the folder. Any suggestions to help me out? I'm not extremely gifted when it comes to technology but can follow instructions well, so the easier the better for me, and any help will be greatly appreciated.

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use recuva. it is free software...

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I want to recover a set of 5 or 6 images that I deleted 1? years ago. I had them on my phone (Sony Ericsson T700) and somewhere on my PC (I use Windows 7) as well. My PC has two hard drives, C: and D:, and I don?t remember where the images were located. I?ve also formatted my hard drives at least once since they were deleted.

Here?s what I?ve done so far:

I?ve scanned hard drives C: and D: as well as my Sony Ericsson T700 phone (connected to my PC via USB it shows up as two separate hard drives: ?PHONE (H:)? and ?PHONE CARD (G:)) with the full versions of the following software:

Recuva v1.43.623
Magic Photo Recovery 3.1
Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery (don?t know version)
Easy Photo Recovery (don?t know version)
CardRecovery 6.0
Tenor Share Data Recovery Professional

After hours of scanning and looking through restored files, I?ve managed to recover 1 of the 5 or 6 images in the original set. Tenor Share Data Recovery Professional, however, discovered 3 of the missing files on my phone. I recognized their names, but they were damaged and corrupt, and I couldn?t repair them (I tried Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair and Picture Doctor 1.2).

If I hadn?t recovered any of the files at this stage, I would have given up already, but the fact that one of the pictures has turned up (and undamaged at that) makes it impossible for me to write it off as a lost cause. The pictures were all created in the same day and deleted at the same time as well, and they were all stored in the same lo... Read more

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I deleted 1? years ago.

This is difficult to do with DIY tools because it has been so long since you deleted these files they may have been overwritten, even though you were able to recover a couple the others may have been in place that got overwritten.
Any who, I have had good luck with GetDataBack NTFS

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I'm not sure if this is the right section, so forgive me if it isn't.

Right, I was basically writing a series of files onto my dvd-r using the windows 7 cd burner (the default one). The problem is, I cut-pasted them onto the dvd.
Now, this was the fourth DVD being burnt and I had done the other three quite successfully. However, the third DVD, despite deing burnt, was still showing the files as *not* burnt. The problem was that the completion dialog hadn't shown up.

That didn't seem to be a problem. I therefore deleted those files (which were written successfully) and cut-pasted the next batch for the next DVD. So far so good.

However, the burn completion dialog now showed up. In my haste, I clicked finished. Because of this, my newly copied files were deleted (as Windows thought that they were the temp. files of the previous disk!

Is there any way to recover them without having to run a recovery utility?

Thanks in advance.

A:Recovering DVD Burning data

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

My primary advise is to chuck using Windows Burner but use Burnaware Free instead.

That said, almost all burners give the choice of either closing the burning session or keeping it open for the next session(s) in case all the space on the media has not been used up. So if you didn't close the session you can use the same media again to burn the files. I have never used Windows Burner so I don't know if that choice exists in it.

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Hi all.

It is a second WD hdd that was not in use for ages, but connected to the motherboard.

Windows won't recognize the hdd or will recognize as a CD-Drive.

At random i could access the HD again but only with Recuva software. It seems my files are all there, i started copying them with Recuva but the hdd was VERY slow and making loud noises. The PC accidentally turned off and now i'm back to the point where i can't even access it but it shows as a CD-Drive.

A:Any chance of recovering the hdd data?

I would say that your chances are very slim
hdd was VERY slow and making loud noises.Click to expand...

a sure sign of serious problems
Either a failing/now failed read write arm
OR a failing/failed drive to the platters

Although an old article the principle of all mechanical hard drives is the same

The read/copy with recuva has I think sent it over the edge - not that you had a lot of choice

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Does anybody know if there is any software available that can recover lost data after a format?

A:Solved: recovering data

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Anyways, right now, all I got left is my laptop. Is there a way I can pull out my old hard drive and get some data and put it on my laptop? I only need one file which is a text file that has my passwords for every site i joined on it.

I am guessing I need to find a way to connect the hard drive externally to my laptop using USB port and get the data i need.

Both my laptop and the harddrive I need to pull has Window Vista home edition installed on it.

A:Recovering Data From Old HardDrive

You could purchase an external HDD caddy suited to the interface of the hard drive (presumably it would be SATA) and then connect, as you said, via USB to the laptop.

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I have a completely dead Win XP PC. I believe the HDD is Ok though. The only other PC's I have access to are running Win 98SE. Is there anyway I can recover some data files from the XP formatted HDD using a W98SE PC?


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help please! whilst uploading a college assignment my pc crashed and now the file is gone. Is there anything i can do to find them?

A:recovering lost data

Can you tell us a little about it? Is the machine running? Where were you uploading? Did the upload succeed? Etc.

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