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Solved: Cancelled reformat hard drive, trying to recover data

Question: Solved: Cancelled reformat hard drive, trying to recover data

I have two hard drives on a computer. I started reformatting the secondary drive, which doesn't have the operating system on it, and realized soon after I started that it has some important data on it. It had barely started when I cancelled it. Now the drive needs to be formatted to be used. Is there a program that can recover deleted data from an unformatted hard drive?

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Preferred Solution: Solved: Cancelled reformat hard drive, trying to recover data

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Answer: Solved: Cancelled reformat hard drive, trying to recover data

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Can somebody please help?
My C:\ is a WD300BB (Western Digital 30gb). I ran Disk Defragmentation and when i finished I ran Scan Disk. Scan Disk wanted me to restart first. With the Restart it never loaded my XP, instead I recieved a message to start up in "Safe Mode" or "Safe Mode With Networklng" or "Safe Mode with Comand Prompt" or "Normal Windows".
No matter which one I choose, my Computer starts up, up to the black screen with the XP logo and blue bar showing progress. The next moment it just restarts again.
I think my partition table is broken.
I've tried fixing the problem by booting with XP cd and restore/fix, with no success. It wants me to format the HDD and re-install XP.
There is no software tool from hard drive manufacturer that I can find.
I've even made a old 20gb HDD as my C:\ (master) and installed XP on it, then connected my 30gb HDD as slave to try and recover the data. My 30gb is displayed in explorer and Disk Management, but it is not accessable.

How can I retrieve/save my data from that HDD? Or how can I fix my HDD?

I will apreciate all help.

Answer:Solved: Recover data on hard drive

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On My XP MCE I wanted to print an interesting file and started the CTRL and P. When it was taking a very long time to load the data I realized there would be a multitude of pages to print and the only way I could interrupt the process was to power off. Upon reboot, it kept cycling offering a screen with choices -- Safe, Last known normal, etc. It did not matter which I selected it would cycle and return to that screen. Giving up, I replaced the HD and now I would like to recover the data. I have the failed drive in an external case and when I try to access it I get, "Corrupted file -- cannot access". The HD with the corrupted file is a WD SATA 250G. Is there software that will allow me to gain access to the data? I have the files backed up on another drive but the last back up was two months ago. Thank you for considering my question.

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G'day Folks,

I have a situation whereby my Mother's work computer has completely died and she has of course not been performing backups. Please also note that there is no driver Cd's or anything of the kind. Now she needs the data off the internal Hard drive of this machine (work documents etc). Unfortunately I have not got a clue about Hardware, I was thinking maybe if I plugged the HDD into an external hard drive caddy and extracted the data that way. I don't know allot about but you can get kits or something that you can plug the HDD into then this gets plugged into your computer via USB cable. I was watching some tutorials on youtube but I don't really understand too much about it. I've also looked on Google and that has only served to confuse me further...

Can someone enlighten me or give me some guidance perhaps?



Answer:Best way to recover Data off a hard drive

Assuming that the hard drive is not the part of the system that died, then yes it will be easy to get the data off. You can either, as you said, plug it into an external HDD caddy, however the easier way would probably be to plug it in in another computer internally and copy the data using that computer.

The easiest but more expensive (in that there is a cost) way is to get a hard drive docking station such as this one ( - Rosewill RX-DU101 Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB 2.0 Docking Station) which plugs in via USB. But I'd recommend the connecting-it-internally route since assuming you have cables that will be free (and inexpensive if not).

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i recently formatted my 250gb maxtor slave hard drive by accident. It was formatted using the NTFS file system. It had a lot of important data on it and i would like to retrieve it. Does anyone know of a program that would be able to find and recover my files for free? I have tried PC Inspector file recovery and it doesn't recognise my 250 gb hard drive. I looked for the files using Virtuallab, which found the files alright, although, you have to pay to get your files back... which i don't wanna do .
So if any of you know a program I could download for free that would work, I would greatly appreciate it. Anyways....cheers:

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OK, here's my setup:

Athlon XP 2200
20GB Primary IDE master - C: (with OS installed)
80GB Primary IDE slave - D: (no OS - data and other stuff)
CD/CDRW Secondary IDE

Everything has been working fine for about a year now and then suddenly, this weekend I hit some problems. While my computer was sitting idle I noticed it suddenly went to a blue screen that said something like "error writing to C: drive". So, I rebooted and then the BIOS (Phoenix) started hanging on the "Detecting IDE drives..." POST message. It hung for about 10 seconds and then couldn't find either drive on the Primary IDE channel.

So, my first impression was that the master drive was at fault. Through some trial and error testing, I found that actually, the slave drive (80 GB) is the problem. The master works fine without the slave attached, but as soon as the slave is there, it freezes on the POST message. Sometimes the 80GB drive is detected by the BIOS, sometimes not. It seems to be fairly random when the BIOS can detect it. Even when it is detected by the BIOS, Windows/DOS cannot read from the drive (gets a "cannot read from media" or some such error).

I've narrowed it down to definitely being the slave drive because the same symptoms show up when it is plugged into a different system altogether. As a sanity check I have also tried different IDE channels, different cables, different jumper settings, and making the drive settings in th... Read more

Answer:Can I recover my data from my hard drive?

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I am trying to recover data from a laptop hard drive that was running Windows Home Premium 64 bit.

When I tried booting I received message "disk read failure press ctrl alt delete".

I wanted to preserve the data so I removed the hard drive and connected it via USB to another Windows 7 computer. When I connected it and tried to access the drive I get a message that I need to format the disk which I do not want to do.

So I still have it connected to a working computer and am hoping someone can help me try to recover the data off this hard drive.

Thank you!

Answer:Trying to recover data from hard drive

Here is one thing to try!

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Hi everyone, I had a NTLDR missing message on my XP system. I used the XP disk to recover/repair the file. However it looks like it has done a fresh install and I have lost all my desktop/programs/folders etc...The hard drive is still showing I have 40GB of data however I cannot seem to find it anywhere!!!Any ideas would be amazing....Thanks

Answer:Cant recover data off hard drive

Have a look in your "My Documents" area its worth a look let us know how you get on.

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somehow when i was playing with VMware and a Linux live cd instead of it formatting a small 20gb partition i had set aside for it. The dang thing wiped my whole hard drive instead.. i have about 90% of it backed up already but stuff form the other day is missing now.. Is there any good software for recovering the data? As far as i can tell it only partitioned the drive.. the partitions still show unformatted space to windows and knoppix. I would not be to worried but there are pictures on there from my dog that we had to get put down recently so id like to get them if i can..

thanks in advanced

Answer:I need to recover data from my hard drive...

If you can take that drive and place it in another machine or even better in an external drive housing and hook it up, you can try Recuva as long as that machine is running Windows. I've had great success lately using Recuva on many machines and different hard drives, and it's totally free.

However, if the drive is currently showing a Linux filesystem on it (doesn't matter which one) then things get a little more dicey. Recuva will only work with FAT/FAT32/NTFS partitions/filesystems in my experience. If that's the case then you need to move up to something a bit more capable of the task, and that might be EasyRecovery from Ontrack Systems, or perhaps GetDataBack which a lot of people have great experiences with. Even R-Studio, which is my end-all-be-all-must-get-it-back recovery software, but I paid out the nose for that years ago and keep it updated as required.

As for totally free solutions, there's not a lot out there that will do a lot of stuff (they're very limited, basically just undelete apps for the most part), so to get involved with some partitioning/filesystem situations, you're going to need something a bit "stronger" meaning something commercial like one of the 3 applications I just mentioned.

Obviously, stop using that drive/partition until you can figure out how to proceed, and don't use it at all if possible until you're absolutely sure you're ready to get started on the data recovery.

Good luck.... Read more

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Earlier today I clean re-installed Windows XP Professional. I backed up alot of useful data on my second hard drive, and proceeded with the reinstallation. Everything went smooth, but when I double clicked my second hard drive in My Computer, it gave the message:

"The disk in drive D is not formatted.

Do you want to format it now?"

If i proceed with this, all the data on that hard drive will be wiped out.

Is there any possible way to recover the date from the hard drive?

Answer:Is there any way to recover data from this hard drive?!

what File System are you using? ie: Fat32 or NTFS?
Make sure that both hd's have the same file system, otherwise you're going to have to reinstall on the same fs.

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how do you recover data from your hard drive

Answer:how to recover data from hard drive

what's happened to it?

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On my system I have a 120gig and a 40 gig hard drives. (I run dual boot with 98se and XP pro). I was reinstalling both operating systems and my 40gig (which is my documents drive) got messed up by win 98 setup. . I formatted the 120gig and ran win 98 setup. When win 98 setup ran scandisk it found errors on drive E (my documents drive) and I accidently hit "fix the errors" instead of "don't fix the errors" which now makes it show up as unformatted. Is there anything I can do to recover the data?

Answer:Help!! Must recover data on hard drive

Do a "recovery" search on the forum, this subject came up recently.

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My T-41 died from a coffee spill on the keyboard. I removed the hard drive and connected it to another computer. I can see the data files but cannot open them. My computer was protected by a password. What can I do to open the files so that I can save them to a flash drive or burn a CD? Thank-you, Philip Greenberg

Answer:Recover data from hard drive

you would need to attach it to a similar class Thinkpad's main hdd bay, i.e. T40, T41, T42, R51, R52, etc.

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Earlier today I clean re-installed Windows XP Professional. I backed up alot of useful data on my second hard drive, and proceeded with the reinstallation. Everything went smooth, but when I double clicked my second hard drive in My Computer, it gave the message:

"The disk in drive D is not formatted.

Do you want to format it now?"

If i proceed with this, all the data on that hard drive will be wiped out.

Is there any possible way to recover the date from the hard drive?

Answer:Any way to recover data from this hard drive?!

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The hard drive is made by a company called "BSE Data Storage" 40 gigabyte IDE. When i try to boot to it, it says S.M.A.R.T Command Failed.

Not sure on jumper settings but when i boot to slave (guessing with jumpers although pretty sure it is correct), windows detects the drive in the device manager but no where else.

I want to extract a few imporant files off the hard drive.

The hard drive makes no ticking or scratching noises, other than the normal noise it should make.

This occured when i was trying to install a printer driver, other than that computer ran fine.

Im running Win XP on the computer and the bad hard drive.

Please Help.


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Hello, I was wondering if a low-level reformat of a hard drive is sufficient to guarantee that data on a drive be irretrievable.

I ask because I have to RMA one of my Seagate drives due to a SMART head read/write error and I just found out that all replacement drives are basically refurbished broken drives that are RMD'd to Seagate, which means that if they fix my drive someone who RMAs a drive to them will one day get my drive.

Normally this wouldn't be a big deal but this particular drive had various banking info on it, lots of it. Is the low level reformat a guarantee that such information could NEVER be recovered? I know a regular reformat that one can do with say MS DOS is not enough so I thought I would ask...


Answer:Low-level Reformat of Hard Drive - data secruity question

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Hi all, my title says it all-I think I'm totally screwed. I have Western Digital 500GB Essential edition external hard drive, runnining on Vista. I have access to an old PC that has XP on it if that would make a difference. It has years of my pictures (that haven't been printed or backed up-that's what this was for!) on it. I dropped it this morning, and when I reconnect it says that I must reformat the drive in order for it to work/be recognised. I know if I do this that I'll lose everything. Is there a way to view the folders/files and export them before reformatting? I'm starting to panic, over 10 years of memories via photo will be down the drain if I can't find a way to sort this out, am in a cold sweat and starting to freak
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give,

Answer:Dropped my external hard drive-says I need to reformat it-will I lose all data?

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My laptop one day decided that it no longer wanted to boot up Windows.. Normally this wouldn't be a problem and I'd format and forget about it but the drive has some important stuff on it I was stupid enough to not back up.

When I plug the drive into my PC it won't boot so I got a USB hard drive caddy. The hard drive shows up in device manager as it should, it's a 640GB Seagate drive so under device manager it says STXXXXXXXXX or whatever but under Computer it just says "H:" and nothing else. When I double click it explorer ceases to respond. I've tried using 'Recuva' but that too stops responding when I select to recover files from it. At a bit of a loss as to what to so any help is greatly appreciated!


Answer:Trying to recover data from Laptop hard drive

Try booting off of a linux LiveCD and see if you can pull the data off that way. Some of the data might be on bad sectors and trying to be accessed.

After doing that, run a Chkdsk /f /r on it the drive from Windows.

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A friend's XBox took a major :crap the other day and he gave me the hard drive saying "try to save my stuff". I'm not 100% sure what his "stuff" is, but is it even possible to recover data from an XBox hard drive if it's plugged into a PC? I hooked it up thru a USB port, and all that Windows tells me is that it's an unrecognized format. And that's only in Computer Management > Disk Management. I can't even access it thru My Computer. So, I'm assuming that it's a totally different filing system. I even tried running some data recovery apps on it. Easy Recovery Pro didn't even recognize that a drive was connected, and PCInspector reports the drive as 0.00mb in size, and therefore says that no data can be recovered. I haven't done any research yet, this is my first stop.... so, any ideas out there??

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well, here's my situation:

i had three audio files saved on my harddrive. these were original recording i wrote myself (one was a midi file, the other two were .wav files). my computer crashed, i reformatted my harddrive, and i reinstalled all software. i have been using my computer for several months.

my question is: are these files lost forever, or is there some way (other than having the surface of the harddrive scanned with an electron microscope) that i can recover these files?


Answer:recover lost data from hard drive

Now that you've re-formatted your hard drive, those files are gone. A data recovery service (very expensive!!) might be able to recover them, if the areas they were written to weren't overwritten when you re-installed your OS and software.

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I have a 320 GB Hitachi HDD Media Player which I use to store a number of media files and the other day whilst trying to add files to it from my pc it found an error and ever since then I haven't been able to access the drive on my pc as it says it needs to be formatted (I know this means deleting everything on there). I do not wish to format the drive as I wish to keep the files that are on the drive. I know the files are still on there because I can hook the drive up to my TV and view them, I am only restricted access on pcs. Is there anyway of taking the files off the HD so I can format it and then put them back on together with any new files I wish to add? or am I screwed and have to resort to getting a new HD simply using the original HD for viewing through the TV?

Please advise.

Thank you

Answer:Recover data from external hard drive


Which Windows Version?

What error did it find?

Try a different USB port to plug it into and remove any other none needed USB hardware ( printer, USB Pens and any other USB HD ), also check Disk Managment in Computer Managment for it being listed, if it is it may just have lost a drive letter as its taken by another storage hardware device, so right click and choose Chaneg Drive Letter and Path, and choose XYor Z as the letter.

If you are using any tweaking apps like TweakUI check they are not hiding drive letters, its a tweak in hiding them to give a minor gain to the speed of a system.

Try hooking it back up to your PC and hopefully if the drive is recognised in My Computer try this free recovery app, Recuva

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Ok so my computer has 2 hard drives. First one is the C and is used for windows, program files ect. My second hard drive i use to store my music, pictures, videos, documents etc. So i had both hard drives in there running fine, and i decided i would reformat the C drive and put windows on it again (figuring all the data on the second drive would be fine) I was using XP and i put XP on it again, but when everything was installed it said that my second hard drive was unformatted.
So ive tried a bunch of programs to recover the data, with no luck. I can see that all the data is physicly still on the drive, i just think that the partition information or whatever got screwed up somehow. My friend told me that i would most likely need to recover the data to another hard drive, which shouldnt be too much of a problem, i just cant figure out how to do this. (i am looking at about 60gigs worth of data i need to recover, and the only program i was able to find that would recover the data charged something like 100$ a gig, and theres no way im paying 6000$ for my hardrive back)
If anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Recover data on unpartitioned hard drive

"I can see that all the data is physicly still on the drive"
How do you see this?

Try some partition recovery programs:

Partition Repair:

<--(Bootable floppy image)

or file recovery:

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Ok so the other night my laptop came up with a message stating that there was a hard drive failure detected and to back up immediately. I did so but took hours and not sure it backed up properly as the largest file in the folder is only about 5 GB
Anyhow I have pulled the hard drive out the laptop and put it in an external hard drive enclosure. Unfortunately it is not being picked up or recognised. Are there any tools that I can download to retrieve the data or any other suggestions. I have alot of work on there that is important along with photos of my kids growing up.
Please please help.

Answer:Hard Drive has died HELP! Can I recover the data?

"Unfortunately it is not being picked up or recognised"
Is that in Windows Explorer? (will only show if a drive letter has been automatically assigned)
Have a look in Disk Management and see if it is recognised there but with no Drive Letter assigned. If it is there tell us what info there is about the drive.

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I bought my first serious PC two and a half years ago from Evesham. Athlon 2700, 512 RAM, 120 GB HD, big video card for games. I never had a problem and began to use it for everything. Cos it all seemed so easy I never got into the habit of backing up my HD. A few weeks ago my HD got a little weird, going slow and a bit noisy. Then it started saying there was insufficient memory to run certain programs, (eg game). Then last week it refused to boot up displaying the message ?A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart?. I spoke to Evesham support who diagnosed a hard drive problem and suggested reformatting the drive with the recovery disk supplied with the PC. Strangely he did not warn me that this would erase all data on the disk but having looked through this forum I had learnt that and queried him. He then suggested trying instead to recover the drive using the recovery disk, and if that did not work then taking the PC to a computer shop for data recovery. Following his instructions I tried the recovery using the CHKDSK /R command but this did not work ? after checking 33% of the disk it stopped saying there were on or more unrecoverable errors on the HD. I tried to check the directory with the DIR command but it only returned an error message. I took the drive to PC World in Tottenham Court Road and they tried to open the drive and recover any data they could. After a couple of days they told me that nothing they had tried had worked. They said I shoul... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive has failed – can I recover data?

"Is it really true that all this information can be lost?"Yes (that's why everyone bangs on about backups)"Surely if I have the drive there is some way it can be read and recovered??"There are specialist data recovery services that can dismantle the drive and read the disks - they will almost certainly cost an arm and a leg. If you want to go down this route, please ask again. There are some data recovery programs you could try - but you will really need to get your drive into another functioning system before you can sensibly try to run anything to try and read it. Such activities are not for the faint.hearted, and with respect, unlikely to be successful unless you can sit with someone who knows a fair bit about systems. By remote control via this forum, I would honestly hold out little hope.You can search with google for professional services, and get a few quotes - and you can likewise search for hard drive data recovery programs.

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It's a long story, but the latest is that I removed my hard drive and bought a $20 external USB enclosure in the hopes of recovering my photo data from the second partition. Seemed simple. Plug in power cord and 40 pin wire, secure all, start up and plug usb into other computer right? Well it worked great for 3 minutes and my wife and I were elated to see last years christmas video again.

Then the devil came in and the drive stopped working. It wasn't making any sounds and I smelled the bad electronic smell. Upon opening up the enclosure nothing appeared out of place, but when I looked around, I noticed on the underside of the large flat wire that there was a burn spot between two wires and that there is an area on the hard drive board that gets burning hot if you turn the unit on. I believe that the enclusre unit is defective and has fried my previously working drive (I was having trouble reinstalling my XP OS on the C: partition)

I think it's cooked, but is there a way for someone to recover my data from this drive? You can guess I forgot to back it up!!!


Answer:Hard drive Cooked? How to recover data

Most likely the board is fried. There are some services who will recover stuff from HDs but they are quite expensive. Google on "data recovery" If you can't slave the drive in another PC (with correct jumper settings), you have probably lost the data.

Chances are the enclosure may have hastened the demise of the drive (less cooling there) but was the drive not already bad when you put it in there?

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I had a problem last week with my system, which I posted in this forum. Turns out one of my hard drives was the culprit.
I have (had) two internal hard drives on my desktop. I removed the faulty one, and my system now runs properly, but I need the data off of that faulty drive. (I need the data added since the last back up.)

I purchased a SATA to USB adapter kit, but of course it isn't that easy. The drive is not showing up in My Computer.

When I go to Disk Management, it is there... but I can't click on it. (Listed as Disk 1 Removable O: in screen cap)

Can anyone tell me (dumb it down, please) how I can recover my data?

(the drive in question is a Seagate that was partitioned into sections.)

thanks in advance

Answer:how do I recover data from a non responsive hard drive?

Here's the rule of thumb I've seen.

If the partition is seen and appears to be intact, try to recover the files with a file recovery application such as Recuva.

If the partition is not seen and appears to be gone or damaged, try to recover the partition first using a tool such as Partition Wizard. If that is successful, the files may then be visible and not need recovery.

I'm no expert on either application.

In any case, don't write anything new to the drive.

Hook the drive up in the normal manner and determine if you can see the partition. If no, try Partition Wizard. If yes, try Recuva.

Based on your picture, it looks like the partition is not seen.

You say this is an internal drive, so I'm not clear why you are using that cable instead of just connecting the drive internally.

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I have two Seagate 7200 hard drives than are no longer recognized by the desktop or by my laptop via a usb/EDI/SATA adapter. These were my backup drives and have all my photos, itunes, and doc files. Rather than speed $1,000 to have the files extracted by a recovery firm I wondered if its possible to remove the storage media from one drive and install it in a new drive box. Say buy a $60 internal drive open it up and remove the disks, take the disks out of the non-working drive and install it in the new internal drive. Is that even possible? Would the circuitry on the new drive even recognize the replacement disks? Would the drives need to be the same GB? Inquiring minds want to know!

Answer:Can I rebuild a hard drive to recover data

I've heard of people buying the exact same drive (needs to be exact so the PCB is the same) and then swapping those out. I've never heard of people removing the platters and putting in a new drive - I think that would be highly risky if not impossible. Try to find a working drive with the same PCB on ebay, then swap the boards.

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HelloI just reinstalled windows xp on a computer which was having problems with win xp installation. I do not remember how I reinstalled it but I somehow forgot to save a few data files I would like to have kept. Does anyone know of any utilities including freeware and non freeware to try to scan the hard disk and recover the files in case they still exist and the problem is that they are just not indexed by the file system?Thankshttp://www.arreglaordenador.comIn-home technical services for computers to individuals and small companies. Arganda, Madrid, Spain

Answer:recover data files from PC'S hard drive

Try using recuva. Get it at the link below.

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I am trying to help someone over the phone who has some technical ability with his 2 WIN98 (???SE) PC's. Unfortunately I have not used WIN 98 for a
very long time. His problem is that his Logitech PS2 mouse has stopped working on PC #1. It works on other machines and it appears that the computer's PS2 connector is damaged. Both machines have a single hard drive
(IDE interface).
He needs to recover valuable data on PC #1. (Of cource he has no backup!!). Can he simply remove the hard drive from PC#1 and put it in PC#2 (configured as a slave on IDE1 or a master on IDE2)?
Are there any problems with this solution?

Answer:Move hard drive to recover data

No problems.. If there are multiple partitions on the system drive, then the drive letters may get shifted around, but otherwise everything should Just Work.

Mind you, he could just attach a serial mouse to the broken system..

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Okay not really very good at this but my laptop stopped working so I took hd out and connected it to anotherlaptop through usb lead it appears in my disk management (although it shows up grey instead of black or blue if that makes sense to anyone) but it wont show in my computer I have a load od family photos on this drive and would really love some help and will send out good karma to all who try to help me many thanks in advance

Answer:Trying to recover data from crashed hard drive

Hi techmichellenot. When you say it stopped working,is there anything on the screen when you power up, or any indication that the system passed it's POST procedure (Power On Self Test), usually indicated by a beep before Windows itself tries to boot up?. Any error messages seen?. Sounds like you put the drive in an external case that can connect via USB. If there is indeed a problem with the disk drive and it's not a physical problem with the drive (maybe a corrupted Windows boot file,etc),your system may have a Recovery procedure that will reinstall your OS without erasing your data files (called a non destructive OS reinstall) as opposed to a destructive which erases everything and reinstalls the OS. I would check your documentation to see if your laptop has such a procedure.

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I accidentally reformatted the wrong hard drive, I lost all my information on D. I was wondering if there was any solid method of recovering some if not all of the lost files on that drive. Thank you.

Answer:How to recover lost data from hard drive?

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I have the 40GB Lap Top Hard Drive (Toshiba MK-4019 GAXB) that was corrupted and all partitions disappeared. Look like that it was resulted from the installation of Win XP Service Pack 2 since I swapped another known to be in good order hard drive and all partitions disappeared. I have no other way but format the hard drive and reinstall Win XP Service Pack 1.

Somebody recommended that I should try to recover the data after reinstallation the O/S. I have formatted and only install new OS but not other programs. Is there anyway that I can try to recover the datas? If there is, which method or program that is efficient in doing so? I used to download some recovery programs but most of them could not recover the large files or cost too much to purchase. I just need the simple program that can do the job.


Answer:Can we recover data from formatted hard drive?

First you will need a data recovery program. But that might not fully recover your stuff. Since you have already formatted not all end applicaitons can find the info. You might need a more professional grade applicaiton.

Even then it still might not find it all cause you install a OS which could ahve overwritten some of the info upon install. It is always best to backup your info first. Then re-install. If that isnt a option there are other things that can be done. Repair installs, or trying to fix the problem.

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Hi, I suppose you get this all the time but I have searched the internet and have only found one method of recovery.

Basically A virus has destroyed my operating system and I need a method of getting the data my laptop's hard drive. I have tried to install a new operating system using Ubuntu however once trying to install it says that there is not enough room on the hard drive which is understandable as it was pretty much full and when I installed ubuntu onto a USB stick It loaded through however I don't know how to access the original hard drive data when it loads through.

I wanted to know whether if there was an external method of taking the data off using another computer. The laptop is a Satellite A210 - 1C0.

Any Information would be great. Thanks.

Answer:How To Recover My Data Off My Laptop Hard Drive

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I have lost smart on my hard drive and can not gt it to be located on my Pc's, I disable smart in Bios and it finds it but does not allow me to access this, is there any one out there who can advise on how to recover my files from this hard drive. Have tried to re install XP but hard drive not found.

Answer:recover data without smart on hard drive

Can you see the drive in the BIOS?

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I have 3 hard drives in my computer case; some month ago, a clicking noise came from the case on startup causing blue screen, and advice on here was to disconnect the hard drive which was trying to boot. That worked fine in that another hard drive already had XP on it and boots properly!If I wish to extract some data off 'failed' drive how do I set about it? It had several partitions on it so I am hopeful something can be salvaged!

Answer:Recover data from failing hard drive

Connect the failing drive, then boot into BIOS. Set the good drive as first boot device.When restarted, you should be able to drag and drop the files onto another drive.

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Hi, My HP G42 - 356TU Laptop's internal Hard Disk (Seagate) has crashed Suddenly and it is not getting detected by system. This hard disk contains some of my important documents and study materials which I want to recover. When I contacted a service center, I was told that it can be recovered by some expert professionals but that is a bit costly affair. Can anyone suggest, how the data can be recovered from the hard disk.? Thanks in advance for help. Regards,

Answer:to recover data from dead hard drive

Whether data can be recovered without heroic means depends on whether it spins up when connected to another computer with a usb to SATA adapter. You definitely want to remove it from the old machine as trying to boot from it will continue to damage whatever data is on there. I like to try to recover data from a Linux environment as Linux reads disks a bit differently than Windows and often the drive will mount and files will be visible in Linux that are not in Windows. There is also software that can read the drive "raw" even if the partition table is so messed up that files and folders are not visible. Post back with any more questions. 

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The USB of my external hard drive was broken and I changed to a new casing. However, it did not show up in my computer anymore and did not show up in disk management. I read forums and assigned it a drive name in disk management and clicked new partition. The drive was now visible in my computer but it keeps asking to be formatted. I do not want to erase my old data and so did not format.I want access to this data back again. My hard drive is fine and makes no noises. Someone please help.


Answer:Recover data from external hard drive?

No guarantee that you'll be able to recover your data. Depends on the size of the HDD, it might take a while for the programs to scan it. Be patient.

Found some posts that might be of help. Good luck.

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I got a friend calling me because he made a program for this Doctor using MS Access 2003, the program was running on a external hard drive since september last year. Suddenly all the data was missing, he checked and the software created was intact and working perfectly. The one thing he found strange was the date. The hard drive said that the data was last updated at September 2007, which is weird because this data was constantly changing until last week.

If someone out there knows a way of getting that data back, please leave a respond.

Any help will be much appreciated!!!

PD: The backup is no where to be found.

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This evening I did a very stupid thing. When I plugged in my external hard drive, I got a message saying that I needed to reformat it. Without thinking, I clicked yes and allowed the darn computer to start erasing my data. As soon as I realized what I had idiotically done, I had another lapse of judgment and unplugged the external hard drive in the middle of the process.

Now I have a hard drive that is still 80% full and no way of reaching the data Anytime I try to open the drive, I get a message saying its inaccessible.

Is there any way for me to recover some of the data still on the drive????

Any advice y'all could give would be muchly appreciated.

Answer:recover data external hard drive

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I am trying to recover data from a laptop hard drive I have removed from a clients Vista based laptop. The system board appears to be bad, but the hard disk appears to be ok. I am using a SATA to USB adapter to look at the hardrive using another computer (running Windows 7) .
There is an icon with a lock on a couple of the directories. One being the Documents and Settings directory. I can't see files in the directory. I have taken ownership of the directory and I see a subdirectory with my name , as if a subdirectory was created because my computer took ownership , but I don't see other files.
How do I recover the data ?

Answer:Reading Hard Drive to recover data

From reading your post, it appears that you are trying to recover the stuff that is on the HD, documents, pics etc.
I think you may want to start with this software. Download and look around. Your stuff may be able to be viewed.
I think going into doucments and settings will lead to a dead end.
Documents and Settings in Vista and Windows 7 - 4sysops

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I am not being able to get the data off my external HD without formatting it. I downloaded knoppix and burned it as instructed. Then I booted my computer with it and had my external HD on and plugged into the usb port. However, the only thing on the screen is the My Documents folder. It is not showing the external HD at all. I am using a Western Digital external HD. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer:How do I recover data from external hard drive

Is the external drive USB powered or powered separately from the mains electricity?

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I have a hard drive that came with my Dell notebook.   The drive is formatted as a data drive (it doesn't have an OS installed on it).  The Dell's motherboard died.  I took the data hard drive out and put it into an external drive enclosure and attached it to a working computer via USB.    Windows 7 on two different working computers cannot read the drive.  
My goal is to get this drive back in working order and to retrieve the data from it.
More details:

Laptop driveHitachi 7K200-160 7200 RPM 160GBModel HTS722016K9A300Physical hard drive.This drive was the secondary data drive from a dual-drive notebook that had a motherboard failure. Prior to the motherboard failure, the drive worked fine. It's formatted for data only, there's no OS installed.I removed the drive and put it into an external enclosure.• When I attach this drive to a computer via USB, the computer does not recognize the drive. Windows Explorer doesn't display a new drive after attaching it via USB.• The light on the enclosure lights up and you can feel the drive spinning inside.• The Windows 7 Systray displays the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon when the drive is attached.• In Disk Management, the faulty Hitachi external drive appears as "Disk 2" Dynamic, Invalid. (When removed from USB that Disk 2 does not appear.)• In Disk Management Properties, General: NSI External USB Device; Device type: Disk... Read more

Answer:Repair / Recover Data hard drive

Before you try anything, decide how valuable the data is -- if it's worth enough to consider professional data recovery, realize that anything you do to the drive may make it that much harder (and more costly) to recover the data.  Professional data recovery costs well over $1,000 to start.
If it's not worth that (and you're willing to take the risk), give Ontrack's Easy Recovery software a try - it will tell you whether you can recover anything, free of charge.  If it looks like you can get the data back, you have to buy the program, but it's a small fraction of the cost of professional data recovery.

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Hi all,
Where/What software is the best for recovering data from a crashed hard drive. The drive that crashed was running Win98, but I've got WinXP machines that I can slap that drive into. I don't know much more than that because I have not had a chance to get my hands on the crashed drive, but the data is super important.

Thanks In Advance!!


Answer:Recover Crashed Hard Drive Data???

Well it depends on what went wrong with it. IF the drive is totally dead - ie does not spin up then there is no software to recover the data - you would need to replace the circuit board or electronics in the drive. If the heads are continually crashing then the same thing goes. If it just has bad sectors or Windows is messed up then you may be able to just copy the data off or use Spinrite.

There are companies that recover data from dead hard drives but they can charge from several hundred to several thousand for recover. This is where backing up your data comes in - it avoids these problems.

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I know and understand that once a hard drive crashes it can be very hard to recover the data...what my problem is that when i decided to wipe out my computer and install a fresh windows i backed up all my data onto a slave hard drive that i had no idea was going bad....then when i get everyting up and running and when i hook up the slave hard drive and during the boot the slave hard drive is making clicking sounds (ouch) so i knew then and there i was going to have problems....then windows boots and it had not detected it, then i try to do the add hardware thing..then it will just take forever to detect far it hasnt detected anything its checking for new hardware the slave drive will make the clicking sound so i know theres some sort of what i would like to know is if there is any sort of recovery software that i can get my stuff off of the hard drive.

Answer:Need to recover data from my broken hard drive!!!?

I guess the only thing you can do is to ask the manufacturer of the unit to retrieve the information for you.  Sounds likes the head is not functioning properly.  The manufacturer could test the disk out and read it.  But it is going to cost you.

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Hello Guru's,
My systemwas suddenly crashed and I askedone of my company person to helpme in recovering the data on my hard drive and he said that his system is not registering(recognising) my hard drive due to which is he unable to restore the data. he suggested to contact one strore who will chargefrom 2000 to 5000 $ and I don't have that much money to recover my valueble data.
Please help me by telling how to recover my data on my hard drive.

Thanks in Advance.


Answer:Want to recover data from crashed hard drive

Hi Bobby and welcome to TSG.

If the hard drive is not getting detected by the computer BIOS at power up, then it is probably beyond any kind of inexpensive do-it-yourself solution.

If the hard drive is detected by the BIOS but Windows cannot access it, you may have a possibility of recovering all or some of its contents. You connect it as a slave drive in a working computer and then use commercial recovery software. Some recovery software that you can download has a free test mode that will test the drive's contents and gives you a report of what it can recover. You then have to pay for the program before it will actually recover the data.

You say your data is valuable but do not want to spend $2000 to get it back. How much are you willing to spend?

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My HP Pavilion dv2000 went crazy and started beeping when I turned it on and there's no display. I don't have the knowldge or cash to fix it but I do need some stuff from the hard drive

Some specs

Samsung HM120JI
2.5 inch HD
Serial ATA (?)
DC+5V 0.85A

I tried putting a SATA or SATA II (not sure) cable from my desktop into it but it didn't fit anywhere.

what's the quickest and cheapest way to get the data off of it?


Answer:Need to recover data from a laptop's hard drive

Are you sure the laptop drive is sata?
If its a few years old, and has several small pins, it is probably e(ide)
Get an external caddy for the laptop hard drive, I have these -(fl 'ebay, is one source)- and that will connect via a usb port on your pc.
I will see if I can find your laptop details, and come back.

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I got a two hard drives in my PC.(160GB & 500GB)Windows is running on 160GB HDD.I try to install Linux to 500GB HDD.At first, Linux asked to change HDD file format (NTFS to Linux format).I click on first option and it's done.then I stop installing Linux & went to MyComputer. The computer doesn't show the 500GB HDD now. When I go to the disk management, It shows 500GB HDD & indicate, It's totally has free space.So I want to know how to recover my data on 500GB HDD.I think It's formatted. Please help here. I gotta necessary files on that 500GB HDD.

Answer:How to recover data from formatted hard drive?

click here is free and is well regarded.G

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Hi all!I've done some search on the net but didn't find the solution for this problem.I have 2 Maxtor HDD's 30 GB each, in raid0. And now I added a 120 GB HDD alone so out of the raids. But when I configured the raid setup, i accidentally said yes to 'Do you want to erase old data for the new array' or something like that. I was stupid, I know. I thought it's just the usual confirmation thing.And now I'm here with a 60 GB not initialized, unallocated drive.I thought its best not to do anything until I'm really sure about what I do.The problem is that there were some very important files and digital photos on that drive...Please, can you think of any possible free solutions to this? No matter how hard it is, or long it will take, I would even sit here for the whole night if I had to.Thank you very much for any advice on what to do.

Answer:Recover data from Hard Drive not initialized

This is the same blunder I did and you knows what? I almost lost my data. I was so tensed caz all data was lost (I thought ) But My friend suggested me a lab something called Salvage Recovery Lab or something similar to that. When I contacted I got my problem was solved. They solved the bug and got my 90% of the data back. I don?t know how but they managed to got it back. I was extremely  happy that I got my maximum data. If you want you can call at 1 203-973-0242 get your problem  solved. All the best.

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I recently had my laptop motherboard die and need to recover data from the hard drive. The laptop hard drive had windows 7 installed on it. I would like to hook this drive up to my desktop, which has windows XP, and run the laptop drive as a slave. The laptop also has security passwords set so I will need to take control of the drive in order to access any files. Will this work?

I've done this process several times where both drives were running XP and I had no problems but I'm a little concerned it may not work since my primary drive (desktop with XP) is the older of the two operating systems.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Answer:Recover data from hard drive (win 7) using desktop with XP?

Hi speedracer993,
Welcome to Seven Forums.

There should be no issues in slaving the drive in an XP machine, you will then be able to access your data.
What do you mean by "The laptop also has security passwords set"??


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I have a IBM 60G-IDE hard drive that just died. It's
making spinning noises. After rebooting the computer
twice, the noise will not go away, and now the hard
drive does not come up in the system BIOS.
All the cables are fine.
- I tried the HD in the freezer trick
(1 hour) still nothing.
- I did a swap of master/slave.
- I tried it on different and other systems.
- I've lightly tapped it a few times

I was wondering is there anything else I can try?
Does the freezer trick have to be longer, like
8 hours as someone suggested, can that length of
time in the freezer cause ANY or even MORE damage?

How many times can a hard drive be put into a freeze?

Does the freezer trick only work if the hard drive
is still recognized in the BIOS?

Can anyone help or suggest any other safe method
for accessing or recovering my data? I'm not skilled
with opening hard drives up / swapping parts so that's
out to.

I'd like to recover as much data as possible!

Answer:Noisy Hard drive: Need to recover data

Welcome to TechSpot

Have you tried the IBM utilities in the Sticky at the top of this forum?

Surf to and check out their utils. They also have a TuffTest-Lite for free to try. It creates a bootup-floppy which will then disect your system and its components.

Do a search in this forum on IBM Deskstar (or rather Deathstar), to see what others have come up with.

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Last night after my upgrade i went to install windows and well the install went wrong:cry and windows formated my backup drive so i lost all my back up data i had for the new install. Is there any free software that will recover data off a formated hard drive?

Answer:Recover data off formated hard drive
It's not real fast, but it works. I've recovered data from a formatted drive using this before.

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A friend has a dell dimension, think it is an 8300 or 8400 which is 5 month's old, and is covered by a 3 year business warranty.The computer slowed down, taking 1/2 an hour to reach the logon page and the same again to get to the xp page.Dell have been and replaced the hard drive, the computer is OK but he has ton's of photos on the old drive he did not back up! Dell have left him with the maxtor sata drive for 5 days only to try and recover his data.Anyone know where to start, I am 40 miles away from him, my PC has a sata enabled motherboard but I don't think I have a spare sata power or data connector.

Answer:Faulty hard drive - recover data?

Putting the old drive in as a slave is about all that I can think of as a possible solution; if windows explorer will not recognise it, then try a disk checking tool.

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Is it possible to recover data from corrupted hard-drive?

Answer:Recover Data From Corrupt Hard-Drive

Sometimes, yes

Depends on the corruption cause as to mechanical or electronic.
If the data is critical, then there are data recovery companies specialising in that field, but they are not cheap. Think in figures around $1,000 or so

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Hi. I'm from latin america so excuse my bad writing. I'll try to be the clearest I can.

It's about a Hitachi SATA 1TB hard drive.

What happened was that I had my CPU laid on one side and opened. I had the hard drive
laid over the DVD unit compartment because I was trying to fix up another hard drives
and had to be continuously connecting and disconnecting. Then I accidentally hit the CPU
with my foot, lifting it a little and getting hit against the floor, the PC turned off,
then I turned it on again but Windows did not started. So I set BIOS to start with
another hard drive that has Windows too and let the HItachi connected. Like this Windows
initialized very slow. Then I check on " My PC" and Windows did not recognized de
Hitachi hd, I rebooted and checked in BIOS and there the Hitachi was not recognized
neither. I tried in another PC and with other cables and nothing changes.


-When the PC is turn on the Hitachi HD feels to start but past 15 seconds it stops.
(Sometimes, when the PC turns on the Hitcachi starts to beep intermittently, with a 2
seconds interval, it is not a mechanic sound and after every beep it's heard a little
crack from the HD, and the HD remains like this until I turn off the PC. Remeber, this
happens SOMETIMES).

Please guys, help me, so I could repair the drive and recover my data.

Cheers and thanx.

Answer:Help: Repair hard drive and recover data.

It sounds like you're done with that drive. I guess you will need to use your backups.

Recovery services can almost certainly get the data back, but they can cost into the $1000's.

The hard drive in your computer is in one of two states right now. It's
either going to fail or it already failed. Hard drives are inherently
fragile things with no built in redundancy.
-Chris PirilloClick to expand...

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Ok, So I've got this
-300gig external maxtor Diamondmax 10
-model: 6L300R0
-300GB PATA133 HDD

Ok, so the problem is it used to have my entire schoolwork, business, music files, and so forth on it. It worked great and as soon as I got all of my information transfered onto it, it went kaput. Ever since then I've been unable to view any data on it. The way it works is it connects via USB and lights up, the icon usually (not always, but usually) appears in my computer. I can open it, but there is nothing there, it is just an empty window. So, even though all my data is there, I say whatever, I need the storage space, so I'll just reformat it. well, it allows me to right click and select reformat, but nothing ever loads or happens. I have tried copying and pasting files there and none of them actually pastes or transfers. I've searched the forums and tried bringing it up in computer management>disk management or removable storage but it doesn't show up there. Please help me to figure out a way to either A)get it working again with the data still intact or B)allow me to reformat it so that I can just use the darn thing for storage. Really, either option would be great, amazing, excellent. I just really could use some help and am willing to try whatever you can recomend, but I just need it to work. PLEASE HELP ME. I am ALL EARS. Thanks in advance for a quick reply, it means a lot to me. Than... Read more

Answer:external hard drive shows in my computer but won't hold data or allow reformat

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Hi, I am using windows7 64bit OS. I am using WINMEND FOLDER HIDDEN v1.4.1 to hide folders on my hard drive. During my usage of the hidden folders my system crashed and upon the restart I could not find two of the folders which I hide using Winmend. I can find the remaining folders which I hide. Winmend software is working as before and I can access the remaining files in it. But two of my folders which I unhide and was using at the time of my system crash, are now not visible either on my hard drive or in the winmend software. When I went calculate the hard drive partition space I found that the data was not deleted and the size is showing including the folders which I cant view. How can I retrieve my data back? I tried enabling 'view hidden folders' but no use. Also tried the command "attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* " but no use.
Can anyone please help me what had happened actually and suggest me what to do to recover my data? It is damn important for me.

Answer:How to recover hidden data on my hard drive in windows 7

If you have a windows 7 install disc, you could use that to explore the drives.

Why are you hiding data in the 1st place ? And if it`s important, why aren`t you backing it up.

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I have formatted my 2 TB external hard drive for seeping up the drive performance. But little later I noted that it has some of my important word and excel files. Now I want my data back from that formatted hard drive, please suggest me I can do to get those files back.

Answer:Want to recover my data back from a formatted hard drive

Looks difficult but use one of these Free Data Recovery Software and see if they help.

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Scenario: My cousin just bought an HP MINI 1030NR from good 'ol Best Buy. He wanted to put a flavor of linux on there (dreamlinux to be exact, He downloaded the iso file from the website and planned on installing it onto his ntfs-formatted external hard drive (80gb). The problem is that he accidentally installed the distro on the entire hard drive, as opposed to a separate partition. As a result, he has lost all of his data, images, videos, docs, etc (about 32GB). Is there any way that he can recover this information off of his external hdd? I am pretty sure that linux reformats the hdd to ext3 or something similar, so i don't know if there is any hope because usually reformating completely wipes the hard drive if I'm not mistaken.NOTE: Now when he plugs in his external hard drive, it shows up as a cd-rom image (see attached image). I have tried the recovery program Recuva, but it only seems to recognize hdd's and won't let me scan the "CD-ROM." I am using teamviewer to check out his pc at the moment, in case any of you experts need more info about the pc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much. Please let me know if you need any more pertinent information.EDIT: I have attached another image from his pc's Disk Management utility. It shows DISK 1 as being the actual hard drive with almost the full hdd available, AND it shows the cd-rom as something separate.

Answer:Is it possible to recover data from reformatted external hard drive

He most likely can....BUT... itll cost ALOT of money. The hard drive will most likely have to be shipped to a professional with a dust free environment where he will open the drive and pull info from it.

If it is reformatted the information is most likely written over and gone, but ya never know, if he has about 800-1500 to dump on a hard drive, go for it, but I would just assume it is gone.

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Hi folks,

I recently moved a hard drive from my old computer to my new computer as the secondary hard drive and using "Disk Management" got Windows 7 to recognize it.

Now this hard drive has 2 partitions (from its setup in the old computer), one is the HP recovery partition and the other a FAT file system containing all of my data. Once I used Disk Management to recognize these drives, my old data partition became F: on my new computer and the HP_RECOVERY partition is K:.

Now it appears I can successfully peruse K: the old recovery partition and see directories and file in there. However, F: appears to be corrupt or hosed or something. Using the DOS shell shows this:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Volume in drive F is ??H

Directory of F:\

01/17/1990 12:38 PM 6
1 File(s) 6 bytes
0 Dir(s) 3,543,040 bytes free


And from Windows Explorer it looks like there are 3 folders present but with garbage names with odd ascii characters in them.

What is the best way for me to recover the data off of F: partition on this hard drive?

Thanks for any ideas/help!

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I have a Lenovo IdeaCentre K210 desktop. My hard drive ran out of room and now will not boot. I tired using 'safe mode' to delete some old files and I did recover some extra hard drive space but it still will not boot. (The .exe file that starts the OS appears to be hidden in a special 'Lenovo created partition and I am unable to find it in safe mode.)

I hooked my hard drive to another computer (using a USB device) to recover my data files but all of my data files are missing my latest saves? I seems that Lenovo creates a special type of file or partition called 'dynamic buffer.' I can only assume that my most recent saves are located there and are placed on 'C drive' when I 'release the dynamic buffer' (of course did not happen when the hard drive became full.)

Lenovo web site has a 'recovery' program but (if I understand correctly) it reformats the hard drive and reinstalls the OS. If this is true, all my data would be losted.

My best solution would be to be able to 'boot up' from my hard drive. I tried the OS cd to repair the boot problem but apparently it does not know where the special .exe file is and nothing is fixed.

The second best solution would be to find a software program that can extract my data from my hard drive. Anyone know of one?

Answer:Need to recover data files from Lenovo hard drive

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My friend has a HP Pavilion dv6t 3100 CTO Laptop with factory installed Windows 7, 64bit. The Laptop is only 8 months old.
I guess after recent auto update of Windows, he started getting Blue Screen. I have read most of the threads here in this Forum plus few others & tried to solve the issue without any success.
All the Recovery Options under F1 to F12 failed to sort out the trouble. The machine will not start in safe mode also.
When I am connecting the HD (after taking out from the machine) to another Laptop, I can see there are 4 partitions - System G / Local Disk H / Recovery I / HP Tools J (this is FAT). "H" partition is the main partition & cannot be read.
Have made a recovery CD from my own laptop (64 bit Win 7) & tried to recover - no joy.
I am using a software called "Damaged Partition Recovery" by MiniTool Solution Ltd & can see all the original files & folders which are residing in the damaged partition. But am scared that if I recover the files, format the bad partition & reinstall the HD in the Laptop, it may not work.
I need some suggestion as to how to go about it? Which are the files which needs to be recovered & reinstalled in the fresly formatted disk to get back the original OS up & running.
I am not a computer literate guy, so a step by step guide is much appreciated.
Thanks a Lot in advance

Answer:BSOD! How to recover the data from Hard Drive & Reboot

Thanks Prett!
The partition does exists, but it is not accessible. I have recovered the entire content of the damaged partition by using the minitool to another external drive but wondering how to reinstall the recovered data (which also contains OS) so that my laptop boots.

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Hello Everyone, help/advice needed please

I have a HP laptop that had 1TB c drive.
i partitioned it into two further drives ( Drive E and Drive F), both had been assigned a drive letter

3 weeks ago my laptops hard drive became faulty and i sent it off to repair with Knowhow. I asked my data to be recovered before they put in a new one.
So what they did was only save what was on my C drive which was hardly anything. and NOTHING of my other two important drives, E,F was saved at all.

I phoned them up and spoke to the IT section and they said they will send the faulty hard drive back and for me to return it back to them via the store with an external hard drive so it can be recovered.

so what i want to know is can the data be recovrerd as EVERYTHING was saved on those two drives.
I have been told various things. One said it cant be recovered because the main C drive was partitioned
and someone else said it can be
i do regular backups but since begining of this year i have not been able to as i was hospitalised in ICU and everything i did before that i didnt manage to backup and now i fear all that has been lost.
can anyone reassure me that it will be recovwred

Answer:Recover Data from Faulty Hard Drive thats been partitioned

As long as the 3 partitions where not over-written by "Knowhow" the data should all be intact and readable to the extent that the drive is readable..

when you get your old HDD back - purchase a HDD to USB external adapter - and you should be able to access the data..
to copy it over to another HDD > that is what they are going to do..

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I need to recover from a formatted external hard drive - buffalo 160gb mini-station Turbo USB, FAT32. The formatted external hard drive has been partitioned into 2.

Is still possible to recover back the files?

On related problem - what is the best software to repair corrupted jpeg? using ulead photo explorer 7se, i managed to view the jpeg with full pixels but when I open the file, the picture displayed is only half and the other half is blank gray.

I have plenty of corrupted mov - is there any mov repairer out there?

Thank you thank you for your help and I really hope someone can kindly attend to my question this time.

Answer:recover data from formatted external hard drive

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Any way to take the data from a good hard drive off, when the laptop it was installed in is defective?
The laptop used windows 98 and I want to connect it's hard drive to my desktop PC (which is running XP) and save some or all the data thats on it. Is this possible?

Answer:Recover Data From Hard drive on broken Laptop

if the drive's not damaged you just connect it to your other computer and copy any data you want off of it.

assuming its an IDE connection, just set it as the slave, not master. and boot with your normal drive. then once everything's booted up you should be able to goto my computer and have full access to your laptop's drive.

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G'day All,
I'm having a hard drive problem. My hard drive crashed I've bought a new one have loaded up windows xp pro tried connected my old drive (making a clunking noise) as a slave drive and my computer just hangs at the XP pro openning window and does not advance. If I disconnect the slave win XP opens up correctly. I can't then connect when I'm in windows as it doesn't recognise that i've connected the drive.

I'm trying to recover some data on the old drive.

Any suggestions/help would be appreciated? thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard Drive problem - crashed and trying to recover data

the drive is falling apart right pieces sound like they have broken inside the drive am i understanding you correcty if this is so the drive inside is getting damaged but you can recover the info on it
it easier to take the hdd in to a comp store or teck and they will open up the hdd and take out the disk and put it in a machine that can read it and wala they can recover all info on the disk perviding it not to badly damaged already my cousin had this done when his apt was broken into when he was on holidays and his computer was burnt and smashed to hell he took in the drive i think it cost him like $30 dollors can. and all info was recovered from disk the easiest way

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I just flew overseas to study abroad for a semester and brought my laptop and my external hard drive with me. Well, after I arrived, I hooked up my external hd and fired it up, but Windows wouldn't show it in My Computer, so I went into diskmanager and it shows that the drive is unpartitioned. It's a Maxtor 300gb disk and had 3 partitions on it, a FAT32 and two NTSF partitions. But non of them show up. I also tried accessing the disk through Knoppix, but no luck. I have files on their that I really don't want to loose, how can I recover the partitions or at least get the files off and then make new partitions. Also, why would the drive have done this? Maybe the x-ray at the airport? I have partition magic, would that be of any help? Note: I can't use Partition Magic right now, because my laptop isn't booting into Windows right now, but thats another problem, if you want to help me with that, search through my other posts, I'm about to start a thread for that too.


Answer:Hard Drive partitions lost - Need to recover data

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Problem:--- When I connect my external USB 3.0 Western digital hard disk to my system, system is hanged. Showing that some external source is added to the system( USB icon in Tray icon ) but not able to see in the system.

Device manager recognizes it as a USB device under Hard Disk, but disk management calls it unknown and not initialized.
No drive letter is shown under my computer. There is no Symptoms like any extra sound, or spinning down, it is showing normal behavior.

Goal: Try to recover my jpgs, doc, and txt files.
It had an NTFS partition and no special software was used to maintain the external hard drive, nor was an operating system installed on it. Just basic files.If it matters, My computer is a windows Vista Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit DELL laptop.

Answer:External hard drive crashed, How to recover data?

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Hi, I am usig windows vista SP2 I just repaired my 250 gb western digital external hard drive from an I/O device error using CHKDSK /F/X. At the end of doing this, there were a question that I dont remember at this time that cames to my screen and to finish with this process my answer was No. My external hard drive was repaired but I want to recover the data that I lost doing this things. How may I recover all my lost data? Please help me I am desesperate.

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Hi, please help.

The computer is an HP a6400f, Windows Vista service pack 2
with a Western Digital WD5000 AAKS-65A7B0 drive.

Last year I started having problems with the wd5000 hard drive. I would get error messages and at startup the computer would show that it was scanning the files. I realized that maybe the drive was dying, so I figured out how to clone it to a new 1TB drive. Things had been ok with the new 1TB drive until last month. My dad had trouble with it and didn't tell me until windows would not even load anymore. I was heartbroken. I know I should have saved everything to some discs when I had the chance. Anyway, I used another computer to download a vista repair program, made a CD, and used the cd on the a6400f, but it didn't seem to work.

So since the new drive seemed dead, I had the idea to use the original hard drive I had cloned from (wd5000), and try to repair it and clone it again. So I plugged in the original drive, used the vista repair disc, and thankfully it was working even though it still says biohd-8 in the smart test. I was hopeful because the desktop would load, but the problem was that it would take forever to load. Yesterday I decided to wait however long it would take until the spinning cursor would go away and see if I could click on programs. It took a long time and everything was slow, but I was able to access the msconfig and check off some startups and services. Then I read online about chkdsk /r. So I tried that and when I s... Read more

Answer:How can I recover data from hard drive after using repair disc?

Hi and welcome,
You may be able to recover some files using testdisk (free and legal) but it depends how over-written they are. Guide here: inc how to run from within Windows.

In the meantime, use those drives as little as possible to improve chances of recovery.
You could try using a Linux o/s called Ubuntu to try to rescue files off the dead drive. Guide here the version of Ubuntu has changed so some screenshots may look different, but the method still works.

Hope this helps?


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I have a dell M1530 XPS laptop with Vista. Yesterday the computer froze and I rebooted, but when it came on it went to some computer utility screen to repair the computer cause it would not reboot (some new vista program). I went through all the steps, it could not repair itself or revert to an old saved point.

Dell guys says the hard drive has failed and is sending a new one, but I have important data on there. It seems like this is a software or corrupt file error. I tested the RPMs and everything on the hard drive and it is fine. It failed the read tests. He suggested using data savers to recover data, but it looks really expensive and I dont think I need it.

If I connect this SATA HD to a usb 2.0 converter and plug it into another computer, do you think it will work so I can recover my files? It might be just an issue with a windows file and won't allow it to reboot. I dont hear any noises coming from the HD and think it is running fine.

Any help would be appreciated!! How much are recovery services anyway? If they do or don't have to open up the hard drive?

Answer:Failed Hard Drive - Will USB work to recover data

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Hello,3 Days back my system slow down then I scan it with avast antivirus. Now it is working file but when I looked into E drive then I found some of files are missing. Then I searched on internet for recovery method. Most of the recommendation is to use data recovery software. Then I downloaded hard drive data recovery software and start recovery process, but the software did not enable me all feature, for that I need to purchase it. But I don't want to invest for it. So Is there any free software available.Thanks in advance. I downloaded the software from this link: - http://www.datarecoverysoftware1.or...

Answer:How to recover data deleted by antivirus from WD hard Drive

Here are a few to try. All free.Lazesoft Data Recovery Home - Slim (No Toolbar) restore the files in the same folders they were deleted from, select Restore folder structure. Power Data Recovery Free Edition Files from Formatted Hard Drive File Recovery ( Nirsoft ) Drill Data Recovery Wizard Free Data Recovery

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Trying to recover some files from bad hard drive using usb to sata hard drive enclosure
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I have an Asus K55a. I had a Hitachi 750gb hard drive that failed on me. I went out and bought a new samsung ssd 250gb hard drive and replace. Computer is up and running on Windows 7. My computer has 8gb of ram. I have an 1TB external hard drive. I had most files back up with the exception of a very important pro tools session i was working on right before the crash. I need to recover it.
Before buying a new drive i downloaded ubuntu live cd on a different computer and used it to boot up computer. I recognized my hard drive but wouldn't let me "mount" to it. It also said my hard drive health as : "will fail soon" or something like that. Also, showed that I had tons of bad blocks or sectors, somewhere near 20,000.
I went out and bought a usb to sata hard drive enclosure. I put old drive in and plugged it into computer with my new drive in it. In "my computer" it shows the old drive as drive "e". And in bios, the hitachi is recognized. The problem is when I click on the drive it tries opening or loading for several minutes and then eventually says "E: is not accessible, parameter is incorrect". It then also freezes my computer and makes me hard shutdown.
I downloaded ontrack easy recovery but it says I need a drive large enough to fit all the data on old drive. I can use my external but I have import... Read more

Answer:Trying to recover some data from bad hard drive using usb to sata enclosure

With that amount of problems
Also, showed that I had tons of bad blocks or sectors, somewhere near 20,000.Click to expand...

recovery of anything is unlikely
see if you can access it from a cmd prompt with admin rights, change the prompt to E:
then if that does show type
see if it will show the data

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I have Western digital WD3200BEVT (SATA 320 GB) hard disk drive in my laptop. Today, it suddenly started making noise as if it is stopping after every ~3 seconds and starting again. The HDD light of my laptop started blinking. I disconnected the Hard disk and put in the USB enclosure and it was behaving the same. And I couldn't access the data anyway (neither when it was connected to laptop, not using the enclosure). And it was not recognised by the computer. I personally believe it is hardware failure.

There are lot of important personal data in that HDD and I don't have back up. Do you know if this HDD is repairable? Or, is there anyway to recover the data?

Any suggestion is appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive failure. how to repair HDD or recover data?

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Dear Experts

My one year old laptop Asus after updating its ultimate windows 7 OS and restarting it , a blue death screen appeared,,,tried couple of restarting same error message.

Then tried : Safe Mode ,,,,,tried : last good configuration,,,,,,,,,,nothing work.

Removed the hard drive which is Segate 500 GB from Asus laptop and connected via USB cable to my desktop,,,the error message that was presented : You need to format the disk before using it.

Tried that on another laptop (Dell) same error message : You need to format the disk before using it.

External hard drive is not showing in the computer management means it is not recognized as an external storage therefore I won't be able to use any third party program to recover the files before formatting it

What should I do to recover the files and data from my Asus hard drive before formatting it ?


Answer:Segate hard drive not recognized how to recover data

Clearly, something happened to the drives file structure to render it unreadable.Before formatting the drive, try one of the file recovery utilities posted here on MG (there are several that are good) and see if anything is recoverable. If so, you can copy those files off to another drive.

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I accidentally formatted one of my hard drives with vista before saving the data i wanted to save. Does anyone know any good data recovery programs to rescue the data? I have done anything with the hard drive other than scan it with various software to try and recover the data. Hope someone can help.

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Your system will not boot and you have precious files to save!

You mount your OEM Recovery disk, and it clearly states:
YOUR HD WILL BE FORMATED and then restored to it's original condition


Assuming the HD is not trashed and the only problem is a corrupt Windows
file, it is possible to offload those precious files before you reformat and load
a new OS.

Here's what I did to offload my accounting, music and pictures from our Fall European trip.

First, I got a bootable CD and verified that the HD was still readable and my files were accessible.
If not, awe shucks -- just reformat or replace the HD and start over.

Then I purchased a copy of Knoppix 5.1.1 from Linux Central at
for 3.95 + 5.00 shipping via snail-mail -- well worth the wait!

Now I attached my external USB 2.0 HD to the downed system, inserted the
Knoppix Cd and powered up the system -- hit your Fx key to select your CD boot.

When the splash screen appears, just hit enter and let it configure a memory RAM disk.
You will end up with,
Your HD mounted as HDA1 and
Your USB hd as SDA1​both on your desktop as icons and you have a GUI interface to a Linux system.

You will also get a window titled 'Knoppix 5.1.x - Knoqueror; JUST CLOSE IT -- it's advertising

Click on the Icon for the Hard Disk{hda1} to mount your system's hd
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Answer:Tip: Recover your data before you reformat

Microsoft Live One Care does this automatically. Just attach your USB backup drive and Live One Care will back up your system for you, and keep the backup current. I actually was able to recover some documents sucessfully today

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Hello, i am facing a very disturbing problem right now... On my external hard disk, i tried moving a folder that contained all my important files into the hidden folder named $RECYCLE.BIN.... this was successful, but in my quest to secure the folder more, i tried moving it into one of the folders named "S-1-5-21-3653930289-2530686896-918681669-1001", this was beginning to take a long time so i pressed Cancel. Only to find the folder missing, And i cant open the above named folder for access.... While checking the hard disk property and diskspace, it shows that the folder is still occupying its space.. I tried undoing the move but i still cant find it... any help??

Answer:How to recover Cancelled Moving Files From an external drive

Boy oh Boy that is the first time I have ever head of anybody trying to do that. What in the world made you try that? The only thing I can think of is doing a search for $RECYCLE.BIN using Windows Explores and see if there is a folder with your things in it.

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I have a FULL Seagate Barracuda 3tb internal hard drive that just stopped working that I would like to recover the data. My big road block in trying to recover the data myself is that my computer is not recognizing that the drive is connected. It has not been physically damaged and has not left the computer in the 11 months that I've had it besides for the rare occasion I add a new part to my computer. It is under warranty so whatever I do I would like not to void the warranty so I can have it replaced once I get the date. Here is what happened.

Last night when I tried to move a file to my hard drive it was really slow and and kept giving me errors. It finally worked and I started watching the file from the hard drive on my media player. Half way through my media player gave me all kinds of errors and the file stopped working. After closing my media player I saw that my hard drive seemed to have been disconnected (It did not show up in "My Computer". I tried rebooting, taking the hard drive out and putting it back in and switching which bay I had it in (I have a case that allows for hot swapping). None of this has worked. When I put it in the computer you can hear it working (all normal noises, no bad ticking or anything). It slows/freezes up the computer as the computer seems to be trying to read the hard drive but after awhile it seems like it gives up and the computer returns back to normal without recognizing the hard drive.

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Answer:Hard drive died, still spins but not recognized. Trying to recover data.

Hi zaphenomenalone and welcome to TSG.

Does the hard drive show up in the Bios ? Does it show up in Disk Management ?

Please download and run this TSG hardware utility and paste the result into your next post :-

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After upgrading to Windows 10, my computer didn't behave well. Then it simply died. Looks like the "port" where one plugs in the power supply fell apart, so it likely shorted out. (it went black and won't boot). Have replaced the defective port and power supply, as well as a new battery, yet nothing happens. I suspect it is "fried." Given it is a solid state hard drive, can I somehow recover my data from the hard drive?  Your help much appreciated!

Answer:Can I recover my data from a crashed hard drive (since it is solid state?)

Hello and welcome,
There shouldn't be any difference recovering data from an SSD compared to a HDD - depending on form factor.
If you'd tell us what model laptop you have someone can probably recommend an adapter (2.5" SATA, mSATA, m.2, etc to USB) that would let you access your files.

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What distro of Linux is the best for booting from and recovering data from an otherwise inaccessible hard drive? I've heard Knoppix is good but in there link I wasn't exactly sure which one I wanted to download, for example what is meant by boot only version?

Answer:Booting from Linux CD to recover data from busted hard drive

Knoppix is good and so is an Ubuntu disk.

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I recently transported my external 1TB Simpletech drive to a friends house to transfer some .avi files.

When i returned home and re connected to my computer the drive wouldn't be detected "J: is not accessible. The File or directory is corrupted or unreadable.

I found a good recovery program. Power Data Recovery 4.1.1 it is fairly fast depending on the amount of data recovered. At least i can reformat and see if it happens again. If it does I will be taking it back

You can find the software on torrent sites if you don't want to pay for it

Answer:possible to recover data from simpletech hard drive that computer won't recognize

You can find the software on torrent sites if you don't want to pay for it Click to expand...

It is against forum rules to discuss torrents or P2P file sharing, sorry.

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My sons dell laptop harddrive failed, they sent out a tech who replaced the hard drive with a new one. they have left me the old one for 7 days to allow me to try to get the data off it. I have bought a cradle and can see the drive, but have no tools to try and analyse the disk or try and recover data.  any thoughts please?

Answer:Dell Laptop Hard Drive failed - need to recover data

If you look at the drive in Windows Explorer are the files there ? ?If so just copy/move them to another drive...

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Ok, a few weeks ago, I got enraged with my laptop ( Fuj-Siem Amilo Pro) and thumped it with my hand (right near the lower center - presumably where the hard drive is?) and well, it froze up -after reboot and I got some BSOD(blue screen of death) message.. Anyways, I ran the recovery console, recovered about 70% of my files with chkdsk /r (after 21 hours!) and though it did not complete, it still rebooted and I was able to boot windows and use my computer.. so, after two days of successful startups, I was trying to repair and re-install the files that were not recovered, (like MS office stuff, Itunes, etc) when it froze - and I waited for 25 minutes before I had no choice but to turn off at the mains.. I turned the power back on when I got a "disk read error press alt ctrl etc" and have sincxe tried everything you can do in recovery console to sort it; fixmbr, fixboot, chkdsk ( said it was fine) chkdsk /r/p - every command relative to the situation when running the recovery console before, the DOS recognized my windows installation ( C: 1Windows) now it just says C:> or something like that.

I went to buy an external hard rive USB ( Maxtor 120GB) and want to know how I can get the files on this USB drive. I need to get that DATA back - and the Recovery console is not going to repair again - (stays a 6% for 24 hours) and I just want to get this stuff off somehow onto the HDD.

Answer:Recover data from dead HD and dump on to external hard drive

try getting your hands on a 'live cd' like Ubuntu or something.

you have to boot your system from the disc, usually by pressing an 'f' key as soon as you press the power button (on my tosh its f12). then select boot from cd, instead of from the hard drive.

you will probably need to have your external drive attached before you start in order for the 'live OS' to recognise it.

then you should be able to view and perhaps even copy your files to the external hdd. you should even be able to format the original hard drive from here too, then you can re-install windows.

lastly try an anger management course. this really was a bit of a rookie error, wasn't it?

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I have a FULL Seagate Barracuda 3tb internal hard drive that just stopped working that I would like to recover the data. My big road block in trying to recover the data myself is that my computer is not recognizing that the drive is connected. It has not been physically damaged and has not left the computer in the 11 months that I've had it besides for the rare occasion I add a new part to my computer. It is under warranty so whatever I do I would like not to void the warranty so I can have it replaced once I get the date. Here is what happened. Last night when I tried to move a file to my hard drive it was really slow and and kept giving me errors. It finally worked and I started watching the file from the hard drive on my media player. Half way through my media player gave me all kinds of errors and the file stopped working. After closing my media player I saw that my hard drive seemed to have been disconnected (It did not show up in "My Computer". I tried rebooting, taking the hard drive out and putting it back in and switching which bay I had it in (I have a case that allows for hot swapping). None of this has worked. When I put it in the computer you can hear it working (all normal noises, no bad ticking or anything). It slows/freezes up the computer as the computer seems to be trying to read the hard drive but after awhile it seems like it gives up and the computer returns back to normal without recognizing the hard drive. I took it to a local computer sh... Read more

Answer:Hard drive died, still spins but not recognized. Trying to recover data.

Quote from: zaphenomenalone on December 04, 2013, 02:34:27 PMsince they both say they should be able to recover the data from it I have to assume there is a way for me to do it from home.That is not an assumption you "have" to make. In a simple case, if the failure is purely electronic - on the circuit board - and the platters and heads and the associated very delicate and precise mechanisms are OK, often they can unsolder the circuit board (a skilled job) and replace it with an identical one from a stock of popular drives they keep. If it's worse than that, they may need to disassemble the drive in a top-grade clean room and either mount the platters in an identical drive or else mount them in a special (expensive!) rig and run complex recovery passes with different head alignments to get as much data off as possible, and if there had been a head crash and the platters have damaged surfaces, some data may be beyond recovery. None of these things come cheap, and if the ultimate steps are needed, four-figure sums may be under discussion. It is not economic for an individual to buy the equipment to do these things for one drive. I guess you could buy an identical drive and swap the boards, but you would need to have top level electronic assembly skills and know what you are doing. If you had these, you would not be asking here. As you note, warranty cover would vanish. This is why people make backups of irreplaceable data.

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I have a hard drive which does not spin. When it was spinning I tried using recovery software to retrieve my data and nothing I did worked. I have been through the forum and followed advice from various threads. I have now reached the stage where I'm happy to send the drive off to get the data recovered. Please let me know the name of a company in the UK, preferably South East England who can help.


Answer:Does anyone know of uk service to recover data from physically damaged hard drive

I understand your problem but you will have to weigh up the cost of this recovery and they are expensive usually starting at around 100 pounds.
If you still want to go along this route here are a few.

Good luck

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Hello everyone, I recently needed to boot to the Command Prompt on my Windows 7 HP Laptop. I used the recovery disks I made, thinking I could access the CMD from there, like I had read online. Not finding anything at the main recovery menu screen, I clicked on System Reset/Restore to attempt to get to CMD from there. Ive done a full factory reset 3 times in the past, so I didnt plan to actually format my Hard Drive while trying to boot to CMD. However, I clicked the next button one to many times, and without much warning, System Restore started to format my main HD. I held the power button down to force shut down the computer and stop formatting but I knew damage had already been done.

I would assume that the formatting I did just erased the file system necessarily to access the actual information, without actually erasing much of my files. I took the HD out of my laptop and put it into an external enclosure, attempting to access the info from another computer. the drive shows up, but there is no size for it, and when opening it, it requires another format before it can be viewed. If I boot my laptop with the damaged drive in it, it will say "error loading operating system", so it des recognize that the drive has an OS installed on it. Is there any way to recover the files on the HD? Im not sure how the file system itself works, but it seems like it would be possible to write a file system back onto the HD without destroying its contents. Any help would be greatly ... Read more

Answer:Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data!

Are you positive that it was "formatting"? There isn't usually a format when using the recovery partition for recovery, or the recovery disks. Did it actually say "formatting"?

I suppose it doesn't much matter because even if it had started to restore the disk image, the results would have been almost the same.

About all you can do is scan with recovery software and see if anything remains. You really should try that before messing with the file system or partitions in case all ends up lost.

Files that are not backed up are files you should expect to lose.

The trouble is that anything that would try to "rebuild" what was on the disk would need to include the data that is no longer present to create accurate structures, like an MFT or boot record. But try everything.


Using TestDisk To Repair Corrupted MFT, Repair NTFS Boot Sector (or build a new one if both are corrupted), Or Create Or Restore Boot Sector Backups.

Paragon Rescue Kit
Parted Magic (The best boot CD. Includes data recovery to CD/DVD, network, or USB, Testdisk for partition recovery, audio tests, and much more)
Testdisk Documentation
Testdisk Download
Minitool Partition Recovery
Easeus Partition Recovery
Diskinternals Partition Recovery
Partition Wizard Boot CD
Testdisk Boot Disk
Partition Find & Mount
Free DTIData NTFS Partition Repair Tool


Diskinternals Partition Recovery (Demo)
[email protected] Partition Recovery
Bootmaster Partition Reco... Read more

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Recently my HD crashed and I had to send it in to one of my friends tech crew who he worked with to get all the data back. Now I'm fine with this, however this is the first time this has happened to me and I'm wondering while they try and acquire the lost data will they be looking at my personal files?Reason being I have personal things like passwords and such that I obviously don't want a tech crew to see, it's only common sense you wouldn't let anybody know your password even your best mate. So yes, will they be looking at my files or does the recovery process do everything for them? I'm not quite sure how confidential data is managed to them.

Answer:Hard Drive Crashed & Techies Recover Data - Safe?

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how do i recover data on a failed hard drive

Answer:raymond s brown - how do I recover data from failed hard drive?

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so i re-installed windows, and completely forgot that EVERYTHING in My Documents\My Pictures\My Music would be wiped out... is there any software i can use to recover the data lost in those folders? i think i remember the only way to permanently erase data is to overwrite it 7 times... help please!

Answer:Any way to recover data lost in a reformat?


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I was trying to format and fresh install an os on a new hard drive and somehow the format took place on my actual data hard drive. It partitioned a 620 gb hd to 100gb, and did a normal format instead of a quick format. Is there any possibility of recovering this? Ive heard yes and no from local hardware companies so I thought Id check the experts here.
if its possible, please point in right direction or reputable recovery center. Thanks.

Answer:recover data after reformat and os install?

Is there any possibility of recovering this?Click to expand...

If you mean can you undo all the changes so the drive is just as it was, then no. That's out of the question. If you wonder if you can recover any lost data off of that drive, then the answer is a "definite maybe"! If the disk has never been used to save data since the format, some of the data may be recoverable because even with a full format, previous data is not deleted if the format process does not need to touch those bits. Depending on the value of that data to you, you may want to seek professional services - but note the costs can be into the $1000s.

There are programs available, and most let you run the program for free to show you what you can recover - then you have to pay to actually recover them.

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Worth a read: Don't Panic! How to Recover Data From a Dead Hard DriveRecently I was recovering data from my friends laptop when I decided to see some different ways of recovering or backing up a hard drive.Through Google I came across this article:[/size][/size]It tells you about hard drive recovery and how you can go about doing it. It then also tells you what the chances are for recovering from a drive that has gone through a mechanical failure (Gone through a natural disaster or dipped in oil).Upon reading this I decided to find software that can recover data in situations that the hard drive is a logical failure.Here I found:[/size][/font]Clonezilla comes in a live CD that you can load into a computer and creates a partition or disk clone from your hard drive.[[/size][/font]Bacula comes with a set of programs that can manage backup, recovery and even support doing so over a large network with different OS's.[/size][/font]Redo Backup and Recovery can just about do that lot, recover, backup, partition editing, partcloning etc. and it comes in a live cd so you can boot it straight from the system.These are only a few free programs that I found from browsing SourceForge (best place for a community of people working on free projects) and it would be great if other people could sugges... Read more

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