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Important Data on non-Formated Harddrive

Question: Important Data on non-Formated Harddrive

Hello, i've just formatted my Harddrive and backed up all my important data onto my slave harddrive... i reinstalled windows on my master harddrive now everything on my slave is gone!! it says "harddrive not formatted would you like to format it now" what can i do to get my stuff back??? pleaaaaaaaaaase help me

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Preferred Solution: Important Data on non-Formated Harddrive

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Hi Everyone,

Today was a bad day for me as i lost every single file in my Hp laptop. I think it is all my mistake. let me explain what happend.

My laptop have 500GB HD. Laptop came up with 456GB of "C" Drive partition. Other 3 paritions were HP_Tools, Recovery and System.

"C" drive was half full when i decided to divide it into more drives to save important data from "C" to another drive. After searching on internet i came to know that windows 7 has a limit of 4 parititons. then i started searching for a quick solution to avoid full new windows installation. I installed a Mini Tool Parition manager and Set the "C" drive as Logical and shrinked more drives from C. Computer restarted Partition manager takes 10 minutes to do everything and then WIndows started and all was ok. But I wanted to have one more 100 gb partition from "C". I did it again using Parition manager and computer started all stuff was going well. Parition manager finshed everything and when computer restart nothing works. Every time computer restart from windows 7 Logo. I was sure that something goes wrong. i tried to repair it but repair takes 30 minutes and solved nothing for me. i canceled repair and try to install fresh windows 7. when i was selecting the "C" disk to install windows in it. An error appeas saying "windows could not format a partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installatio... Read more

Answer:Full HardDrive Cleaned Important data lost - Hp Laptop

If you ran clean ALL, you are SOL.

Perhaps you can ask the NSA for their backup copy.

Too late this time, but in future, good idea to make an image backup every so often.

This is great free program which you can use to prevent getting in trouble in future:

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I heard that data can still be recovered even after being formatted. I also heard that GetDataBack is a good software that I might buy. The question is how is this possible? Is there a way for files not being able to get recovered?

Answer:Solved: Important question about formated hard drive that can be recovered

Yes, it is possible. Especially if you do a quick format it is easy to recover (quick format doesn't overwrite the drive.) A full format is harder but still possible.
To avoid recovery you'd be looking for some program to "shred" or "nuke" the drive, overwrite it with random data that makes your data indistinguishable from the new junk to any recovery program.

This is an example, not a recommendation as I've never had to use one. Darik's Boot and Nuke overwrites all detected hard disks, useful for when you want to shred away your own private data and reinstall before selling the computer. Don't try it if you only want to keep your OS safe!

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OK bascially i have a western digital 200 gig harddrive and then i was doing a clean install but its not until after i reformated and installed the system that my harddrive shrunk from its 200 gigs to 130! what happened, and uhh is there a way to fix it

Answer:Harddrive formated, not same size as i was.

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Hi can any of you helpful people help me out with this messI recently formated my dell laptop which was running windows 98, hoping just to reinstall everything back with no problems my laptop wont reconignise my external cd rom drive i have a usb cd rom and a pcmcia ide my specs are dell 400mhz processor 6 gig harddrive and i think its got 128 memory not surei have no floppy drive at all any ideas how to reinstall o.splease help!!!

Answer:dell laptop formated harddrive

any ideas why it wont recognise external usb cd rom

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I'm looking for a good software to recover files from a formated hard drive?

Answer:Recover files a formated harddrive

GetDataBack, worth every penny if you buy it.

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i have just removed vista and put my old copy of xp back on . while the computor was running vista i bought and formated a 2nd hardrive and saved all my files to this drive. upon installing xp i found xp will not reconize this drive so to backed up my files i had to re install vista and transfer files to a xp formated drive then re install xp. i have saved all my files but i have a 320gig hardrive that i cant use. is there any way to make xp format this drive so i can use it. its a sata and all drivers are good to go. thanyou for any help.

Answer:xp will not reconise vista formated harddrive

If you go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management do you see the drive? If it is free or unallocated space you can right click on it and select format to format the drive. This will erase all data on the drive. Then you should be able to use the drive.


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I bought a brand new Acer Aspire xc600 today and it had win8 installed. First thing me and my husband did was to try to install win7 (as we dislike win8 for many reasons)... When it didnt work with just putting in the cd and install, we (stupidly without making recovery discs as we thought we would never need it) formated the drive and made it completely clean before installing win7 (which works now). This means we have no win8 recovery disc or E-recovery management program and therefor cant do factory reset and return this piece of crap pc... (We play world of warcraft and my 7year old pc has only been updated once when it comes to graphic card to geforce 9800 and still perform better outside the game).

The performance test of the whole system give the graphics a lousy 5.0 which is worse than my husbands 3yr old graphic card as well! Only numbers that have increased is the RAM and CPU.

I feel disappointed as the graphics card should be better than mine or my husbands and have better performance even if its the "laptop sized card".

So to the issue, is there a way we could restore/reinstall the computer to factory settings with win8 and Acers drivers as it was when we started it up earlier today???

Please help me,

Answer:No recovery disc made and formated harddrive

Or maybe someone can explain how to improve the quality and performance, we turned of aero and tried to optimize it but nothing seems to help really... The desktop looks somewhat grainy and not really clean and neat as with my very much older PC.

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Hi, Wonder if anyone can help me on this one.

I have a Computer with XP on but want to run a duel boot with Vista on another drive.

I have another drive to put into my computer but it was formatted under linux and i understand that it will require reformatting to take a windows OS, how do i do this?

I have no linux system and don't have a linux boot disk so if i need one of these can you please post a link, I also have no knowledge of Linux.

While I'm on here can anyone give me any advise I want to run both XP and Vista on separate drives, I'm looking to familiarize myself with Vista before moving my whole system to it, so I can check the driver compatibility and other issues I may have. Is there going to be any problems I should know about it terms of running them both.

Thanks in Advance.

Answer:Formatting a harddrive for Windows XP that is already Formated for Linux

I'm Not positive about linux but i have used the partition utillity alot.
*i would back up your system first*
so here's what you do to reformat ur harddrive ...

logon to your computer and go to my comuter right click on the XP boot and click "rename"
and set it to "XP drive" right click on the drive you want your new xp to boot from and set the name to "reformatme". (we do this so there is no confusion witch drive is witch.) insert your xp cd in the drive and restart your computer. now when your computer is booting wait for text to come up saying "press any key to boot from CD" press any key on your key board. wait for the intro page prees enter, and agree to the Terms then follow the wizerd till you get to a page that shows you what OSes are allredy installed press Esc
now you should see a list of partitions. Look for the drive that says "reformatme" and in the sub area under that there should be a partion that says "unknowen format" You will losse all data when you do whats next... Press "D" then "enter" then "L" now press enter on "raw" and select the file system you want and Setup will take you from there!

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hi,Please if anybody can help me.I lost my document files as my Operating System WIN XP is reinstalled. Is there any chance of recovering them? I would be really really grateful !Thanks in advance !

Answer:Can I recover my data ,if drive is formated?

Akshay Kulkarni.......One word answer is NO......however there are companies out there that do hard drive recovery.......its very expensive and from what I understand not 100 % sure.   When your hard drive was formatted ...was it scrubbed as part of the formatting procedure . Hope this helps you .dl65

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i m Rahul, i need some help. i use window 7 Ultimate Edition , i have two Partitions in 320 HDD, d drive is encrypted by bitlocker. after some time i access this drive its give me wizard , drive is not formated. i formated the drive. after that my data is lost.

Please help me if u have any Idea or any software to recover my Data.


Answer:I need Help to Recover Data from Formated Partition

If it was a Bitlocker drive and you formatted it, you can kiss the data good-bye.

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I have a 160 GB Seagate external (149 GB) I got about 133 GB of data Help me recover it please or point me to a recovery thread

Answer:Formated my external. Please help me recover my data.

any free data recovery software should do the trick, provided you haven't overwritten the HD. Bear in mind, the longer you wait, the more difficult it is to recover due to the fact you might overwrite some of the files.

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What are my chances of Recovering a users Quick formated DATA? Any good free programs for this?

Answer:Recovering Quick formated DATA

Give PC Inspector a shot. It's recovered several files for me that I had thought gone for good.

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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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BitLocker is just a feature to encrypt the drive. However, if the user would like to format the drive,
BitLocker feature cannot prevent  the encrypted drive to be formatting(that is what happened with me). After formatting, the BitLocker feature will
also disappear since the formatted drive is a new drive.. anybody have any solution to this .. kindly help i want my data back.. thanks

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Having looked at a few forums, it seems an update from Windows sometimes produces a fault where your PC is stuck in an infinate restart having shown updated 3 of 3 0%. I found trouble starting in safe mode and instead selected to go for a restore point, from here the drive was formatted and I have lost about 100gb of data. My question is if I use a data recovery program will I be able to restore all my emails, documents, photos, music and software etc and replace them onto the hard drive. The PC came with MS Office already on it so I cannot reinstall the that or any of the other usefull programs as I do not have the serial numbers. I have been looking at Ease Us and this is doing a search at the moment has found 140,000 files in 2 hours, feels like it may be opening a massive can of worms trying to replace and restore everything.

Answer:Formated hard drive, Data Recovery problem

The more that you use the hard drive, the more likely that the data will be overwritten (and unrecoverable by normal means).

I'd recommend the utilities from Data Recovery Software - Hard Drive Recovery - RAID Recovery - Runtime Software They are free to run and see what you can recover - but it'll cost you about $80 US to actually do the recovery.

Data recovery is just that - data. If you're trying to recover programs that'll be much more difficult. I'd suggest contacting the system manufacturer for a set of recovery disks that contain the original software.

Then you're faced with determining if the data recovery was successful. In my case I recovered a deleted partition with an image of my hard drive - and the software reported that it was successful. But I wasn't able to restore the image.

Good luck!

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i have so much stuff that i really need on there and now it looks like its vanished pls help
i need to get that data back i know there something i do to get it back but am not sure what and how ...

Answer:i mistakenly formated my external hard drive almost 2 TB of data

You should try running a file recovery utility such as Recuva.

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I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended prematurely...

Now when I try to use the Seagate Harddrive test tool for windows and do a Short Generic test and the result failed.. I am fear it might have been caused by the disconnection and might eventually corrupt the entire drive... I try to run chkdsk but there aren't any errors detected it seems and files seems to be accessible as normal... Is there a way to fix the harddrive without losing data in the drive or confirm the drive is indeed failing?

Answer:Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

Or the Seagate tool. Whatever you have. Your title is confusing.

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Ive had my harddrive for about 6-8 months. It worked great, but I took it out and put it back in It stopped working, Im guessing that I fried it. I make movies, and I have alot of my work on it. Ive tried acouple differnt methods of trying to get it to work (external harddrive case, changing the jumper on it, moving the jumper around, checking the bios to see if it shows up, and it didnt.) This is VERY important, and I really need help. It does still power up, because it gets warm and I can hear it. Its a Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 300 gb., Model# ST3300831A

Thanks for your help and time soooo much -Nick

Answer:Help! my harddrive isnt working and I have VERY important stuff on it.

Download and burn a BartPE cd. Boot the computer off of it and use the file explorer in Bart PE to attempt to access the drive.

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Currently I am between personal computers for myself and am running all of my personal stuff on my Seagate 500 GB external USB harddrive on the family computer. (Windows XP, 80GB harddrive, 256 MB RAM, etc.) I'm a photographer and recently returned from a two week trip with a lot of photos, which I put onto my external drive (since that's where all my stuff is). I've been editing and uploading from there. When I'm done with the drive I always use the safely remove hardware tool. Half the time it doesn't seem to want to work and says "device can't be stopped, try later." I unplug it anyway, and there is never a problem. A few nights ago I was waiting for it to give me an answer (to either be safe, or give the error message). I waited longer than usual and nothing was coming up, so I unplugged it, and a second later it finally said it was safe to remove. The next day I was going to upload more of the photos, but was first going to go to the folder to look at some of them. Here's a quick overview of how I have my folders set up: On the desktop is a 'Pics" folder. In there is another 'Pics" folder among with other files. Inside that folder I have a selection of folders, including all photos from 2008 so far, ones that are edited and ready to print to different sizes, and one from my recent trip. Inside the recent trip folder I have folders dedicated to the different memory cards I used. Recently I have been working only in the folders dedicated to the cards. ... Read more

Answer:Important files disappeared somehow on external harddrive, and I need them back!

Would this get more attention if it were in another forum on here such as the external drive forum (I think it's called). I just posted here because it is XP being dealt with on the machine.

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I just recently bought a used computer to replace the one I had which died on me. For some reason, my old harddrive isn't being recognized as the main hard drive when I remove the new one and plug my old one in. Both harddrives are recognized when I have my old one plugged up with the extra power and IDE cable, so I was wondering if it is possible to copy the contents of my old drive to the new one and have it where it transfers all of my installed software over without having to reinstall everything?

Answer:Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

So what you tried to do is get WinXP to boot after it was installed on a different computer. This usually does not work well unless the Motherboard onthe new computer is almost identical to the old one. At the very least you would want to uninstall all drivers that were istalled as part of the old motherboard then do a repair installation of Windows XP. Then again if your installation of Windows is an OEM version of Windows it is not legal to use it on a second computer even if the second computer is a replacement for the first. If this is a retail copy of Windows then you can do it. You would need also the drivers for the new system.. As far as transfering installed programs from one hard drive to another and have them work properly if at all, it is not likely that you will succeed in doing so as installed programs make changes to the registry so that windows will know where to go look for the files to operate these programs. Just transferring the programs will not make the changes needed to your registry that an installation would make.

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A folder containing important data recently got deleted and the recycling bin is emptied .,.,.Is there anyway at all I can get that folder back??
Thank You

Answer:important data gone

Recovering deleted items may or may not be successful since the drive space the items were using becomes available for use again after the deletion. There are third party programs that do work to recover items of importance if they are there and here is one I refer to people to try. The product is free to try through a download and of course you will have to pay for it if you want to keep it beyond its trial period.

The product has been successful for many in the past so good luck and let us know the outcome.

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i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz help

Answer:old harddrive. need data off it. put as slave. cant access data

iLLegaL89 said:


i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz helpClick to expand...

Well, generally all the office suits are backward there's should not be any problem. Can you open that word file(s) on the old PC (World 97 as u mentioned?) If it is so, you might have some problem with this new PC office suit.
Try, making copy of the old files in old PC using save as or may be you can convert doc files (if you don't have some hi level formating) to rtf files. That can be opened in Wordpad comes with every Windows OS.
This might help, i guess..
- Nirav

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How do i Back up my important data

Answer:How do i Back up my important data?

I use Karen's Replicator Backup my important data

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Just want to know what would you do if you lose your important data. For example, delete your cherished photos by accident; lose your doc files which contain your weeks' hard work due to formatted or damaged hard drive. Of course, I hope everyone here never have such bad luck. Just a poll. BTW, do remember backup your data regularly.

A. Feel sad, but do nothing.
B. Tell a friend about your bad luck. Then you feel better
C. Ask someone who is good at computer for help.
D. Go to an IT forum to post your problem,like techguy
E. Search Internet to find similar situation & solution
F. Go to manual data recovery service center.

You may have other answers.

Answer:What would you do if you lose your important data?

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I recently re-formatted my PC and everything that I wanted to keep which wasn't a lot a burned onto a single DVD. Even though it wasn't a lot it was quite important.

The software told me the data had burned correctly and everything was hunky dory but I stupidly didn't check to make sure.

Now I've re-formatted my PC I go into my computer and select the drive and one folder is in there but no sub-folders with my files. If i right click on the Drive in My computer it says it's full with 3.8GB of stuff yet when I right click on the single folder in there it says no folders or files in there.

I don't know why it's doing this but it's really frustrating as some treasured photo's are on there and important work files

If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it

Thank You

Answer:DVD Problem - Important Data Lost

You might try a program like " Isobuster" to retrieve your data. If the data was actually written to the disk you should be able to see it.

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My PC as of late has been running awful. When I have a game running it'll run fine, however it's navigating the PC when say in a browser, or just copying files, or anything really outside running a game that is running horrible. I ran malwarebytes and did a scan and corrected, same with Housecall, was gonna do a CCleaner but I'm at the point where I'm fed up and just want it running smoothly. When I'm in firefox if I do something as simple as ctrl D to bookmark a page everything freezes. So I'm ready for a fresh start.

I'm going to find my Windows 7 disc after work and reformat. However I would like to backup important info. If I clone hdd to hdd it'll save everything and make the reformat pointless as far as I know. So that's not an option. I know how to copy/paste my picture files. That's easy.

How would I go about saving my steam game files so that my in game progress is erased? I have a 160gb internal hdd installed, I'm using a 1tb internal for os and everything. So I can use the 160. I also have an external 160gb hdd I can use.

I started to clone the hdd and quickly realized that's not my course of action. So after backing up my browser bookmarks, and pictures, how do I save all my steam game files? Don't think i"m worried about losing any other data besides that.

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Hello good people,

Please help me rescue data from a CD-RW that WinXPProSP2 cannot access.

On one CD-RW it reports being unable to copy data due to CRC error.
On second one, it cannot read disc at all, reports corrupted or incompatible disc.

There is no obvious physical damage on the discs.

Is there a proven software that can access data on CD and bypass this?

Alternatively, is there a program that can clone an image from such a CD (I'd like to send them to professional data recovery service, but I'd like to back them up first).

Already attempted:
Through cleaning of the discs
Trying in other computers
Several free/demo recovery programs from the web, all working under WinXP

Many thanks

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I have some big problem.I m using windows 7 ultimate 32-bit, Before 1 month i installed one software name "My Secret folder"( The main function of this software is to hide or lock important file in his own folder. This software does NOT encrypt file,So I Hide my important 7-GB data using this softwares and recently my computer was attacked by a virus.So i formatted only my C:// drive, after formatted C:// drive My laptop work completely fine but icouldn't find my important 7-Gb data in d:// drive. This folder is still in hidden mode and occupy my 7-GB space.

I read all user guide manual from this software's website( ) but i can't find this solution.I tried to see through CMD and and tools>folder option>(uncheck two option) hidden files and folder 2.hide protected operating system files. Using these two method i can't fine my hidden file.

Anyone know how I can get my folders back, So please help me this data is very important for me. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Plz help me to recover my hiden important data.

No backup I assume right?

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I have a problem with my Satellite 1100 laptop. The windows OS has somehow become corrupted and now won't start up. I have tried the usual 'use last good config' and start in 'safe mode' but neither of these work.

Is there a way using the product recovery CD to fix this without losing important documents and photos?

Any help appreciated.

Answer:Can I fix OS using recovery CD without loosing important data?


Using delivered recovery CD you can install OS again. There is no option for any kind of ?OS repair?. I do not know how is your HDD configured but if you have 2 partitions and all your important data are saved on the second one you can install OS on the first partition using ?Expert mode?.

At the moment you can try to obtain Microsoft installations CD and try to repair preinstalled OS.

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How important is it when I burn a DVD, that I select data verification? I thought the hardware already does that to some degree. Is this just peace of mind then, or is there real merit in validating what you think you just burned? It adds about 50% to the time it takes to burn the DVD, so it's not trivial.

Answer:Solved: How important? DVD data verification

i have only verified once and yes took ages so dont bother now and have yet to have a problem

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I have lost very important data after doing a re-install of win xp pro serv pack 2 (new legit copy) over an unverified xp pro serv pack 2.
First I tried a repair with the new product key, got to the welcome screen and was asked to log in to my account after doing that it said "you are already logged in, then a sreen came on saying register my copy of windows
YES/NO on yes or no it logged off and went back to the log on screen, basicaly round in circles, then a friend advised to do a complete re-install over my origional O/S leaving files & folders intact, I did but when it came to the drive/directory to install the default was c:/windows highlited and my friend said to alter it to WINNT. Since then every application wont run asking to re-install applications files are missing, drivers are missing and my cd-drive wont open. Saved registration keys are in Incredimail which I cannot find, all my contacts are missing.
Please help I feel as if my right arm has been cut off.
I dont Know how much has been lost yet as I cant get into any applications.
Thanks for reading hope, you can help.

Dell Dimension 3000, 768 mb ram, cd RW, Nvida graphics with 128 mb on board ram (3 years old).

Answer:lost important data after Re-install xp pro

I don't want to say your friend gave you bad advice, but reinstalling Windows that way causes problems as you are now finding out. Basically, I believe you are probably going to have to reinstall all your applications and drivers. You may be able to reinstall many of the drivers by pointing the wizard to c:\windows\system32 but you are probably better off just using your Dell Resource CD if you still have it.

You can open Outlook just fine still?

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I no there's not much anyone can do about this problem, but how can i copy my healthy version of my 'MFT Mirror' and repair the original with the Mirror? Are there any programs that will do just that, not data recovery? chkdsk keeps saying it can't read the volume status or version, so thats no good.

Luckily the hard drive concerned doesn't have an OS on it, and is external USB (USB to IDE).

Can anyone help? I've been crawling the whole internet looking for a cure...

Answer:MFT Error, Important Data and no cure!

Howdy 02walshe...

If I remember correctly, Norton Disk Doctor would do that ( I'll have to dig mine out to check)...

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I have a usb jump drive that I was using in fixing a computer. I copied very important data to the drive and then went on to reformat and install windows.

In the process of setting up the partitions of the hard drive I inadvertently deleted the partition on my jump drive.

I need to get this databack. The only program that seems to work is "Data Recovery Wizard" Unfortunatly it costs 70 dollars to save the files it recovers. I dont have this kind of money.

I need this data if it is at all possible to recover I would like to get it right away. ASAP

Answer:Deleted Partition - Recover Very Important Data

Try the free and easy to use "PC Inspector File Recovery". Do a search on this website to find it.

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i need a help from your side. i was working on my notebook. by mistake i deleted my pics and some important data. i want to get them back. how can i? please tell me. its very important for me.

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Hi there,
I have a hard drive which is failing. It has some very important data on it and the backup on my external drive has vanished.

I am trying to run HDRegen to give it a lease of life wnough to get the data off it. However when I run this or most other programs that are ona bootable CD, it just locks up.
What can I do? I am really desprate to get this data back.

If I booted HDRegen onto a working drive, and then run it scanning the broken drive, would that maybe work?
Please help.
Any adivice would really be apreciated!
Many thanks

Answer:Hard Drive with very important data has failed

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I'm not sure this is the right forum to post this, if not let me know.

The Problem: I accidentally deleted some important data from a hard drive. I desperately want to rescue at least some of it. It is a folder containing a large number of digital photos.

This is what I've done:
1. accidentally deleted files
2. deleted the three partitions that were on the drive and made the drive into one partition
3. formatted the drive using Windows Disk Management tool in Administrative Tools (Windows XP). I used the "Quick Format" option rather than the "Full Format". The file system of the drive (also before formatting) is: NTFS
4. Currently there is new data on the drive. I'm using it as a backup drive now.

This all happened a few days ago. Only now I have realized the goof up.

Please, if there is any way you know of that I might best be able to salvage any of the lost data, I'd REALLY appreciate it.


Answer:Please Help... I've accidentally deleted important data from drive

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i ws simply using my phone nd when i opened PHOTOS AND VIDEO LOCKER APP it showed get started....all my images and some videos were not how to get them recovered...or have i lost those ? ..plz rply asap ...its an very important data

Answer:suddenly some app crashed and very important data is lost

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question i ws simply using my phone nd when i opened PHOTOS AND VIDEO LOCKER APP it showed get started....all my images and some videos were not how to get them recovered...or have i lost those ? ..plz rply asap ...its an very important data you can use a file explorer app to check your local data or use a pc and connect with USB to check the photos on the phone
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Evening all!

I've recently become tired of having all my videos, music, software installers, and other such things that are used by several PCs in the house scattered all over those PCs, taking up disk space and ending up being difficult to find when I need them.

What I want to do, is take an old PC I'm not using (the less money I spend the better), and set it up to host all of this stuff on a network drive.

Now I've done a little looking around on the net, and I've come across a little something called RAID. I like the idea of having some sort of failsafe should one of the drives die, because that PC will basically be the only copy of many things I've spent a few years accumulating lol. I've also read the Techguy "Guide for installing and configuring Raid" But there's still plenty of questions, and I'll never get a certain answer until I actually ask someone. Now, let's see....

I'll be using 4x 500GB drives in this system (follow link for Everest report).

Should I even look at RAID, or should I just try to keep the files on the first 1TB backed up nicely on the second 1TB? Of course, I would be tempted to use the "extra space", and keeping a constant backup would probably become annoying...

What's the best RAID level for me? From what I can tell, RAID-1 basically takes for example two drives, and uses one as a copy of the other, so that if something/one of the drives is lost, the data is not. ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Storing important data, RAID?

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This is a follow up question from my last successfully answered question.
My Tecra 60GB HDD has stopped working and I would like to retrieve a few days of emails etc if possible.
The Tecra defaults to the Safe Mode options when started and returns via a BSOD no matter which safe mode option is taken.

I have:
checked in BIOS - it is seen as there.
ran SEATOOLs for Dos and it says there is a fault on the short and long tests
connected the HDD via an enclosure and USB to my other PC and eventually it say that there is an In/OUT error.
Ran CHKDSK via my XP CD and after 26% it says there are one or more unrecoverable errors.

Also I have tried an old HDD which works normally in the Tecra.

Any help would be appreciated



Answer:Tecra HDD crash - how to retrieve some important data?

>connected the HDD via an enclosure and USB to my other PC and eventually it say that there is an In/OUT error.

Does this mean that you are not able to get access to the HDD even using an external USB case?
It looks like the HDD is corrupt and in most cases the data could not be recovered on usual way.
Of course there are different Data recovery services but they charge between ?500 and ?1000 to attempt to salvage data from either logical or mechanical disasters.

There are also different tools which could be helpful like RecoverMyFiles from GetData, Ontrack EasyRecovery DataRecovery or Prosoft's Data Rescue II but you have to pay for all these professional applications?

Here is also a nice youtube video:

Maybe it will work for you!

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Hi Everyone,

A friend of mine experienced a BSOD crash on their Windows 7 computer. Unfortunately I was not in a position to see the exact message that was presented, however in my experience this doesn't always make a great deal of difference. After offering to fix my friend's computer I quickly discovered that one of the installed RAM sticks is faulty. I replaced both RAM sticks, and tested - all is fine on the RAM front. However the hard drive also appears to be corrupt. Windows 7 will not boot, and I have tried the following to rectify the situation:

1). Booted into Windows Recovery (using the W7 installation disk)

2). Windows didn't detect an Operating System install, so I made my way to the Command Prompt

3). Executed a number of commands that would normally fix the MBR and other boot related issues, notice after both the bootrec.exe /fixmbr & the bootrec.exe /fixboot commands reported "...completed successfully"! Then I issued the bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd command and Windows 7 promptly informed me that it couldn't find any Windows installations...

4). I then considered the possibility that the wrong partition may be set active on the disk, so I tried swapping the Active partitions around (and once this didn't achieve anything I switched back!)

Having had no success with the Recovery options I physically removed the hard disk and connected it to a docking bay -

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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot, trying to recover MBR! Don't want to lose important data!!!

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Hi Everyone,

A friend of mine experienced a BSOD crash on their Windows 7 computer. Unfortunately I was not in a position to see the exact message that was presented, however in my experience this doesn't always make a great deal of difference. After offering to fix my friend's computer I quickly discovered that one of the installed RAM sticks is faulty. I replaced both RAM sticks, and tested - all is fine on the RAM front. However the hard drive also appears to be corrupt. Windows 7 will not boot, and I have tried the following to rectify the situation:

1). Booted into Windows Recovery (using the W7 installation disk)

2). Windows didn't detect an Operating System install, so I made my way to the Command Prompt

3). Executed a number of commands that would normally fix the MBR and other boot related issues, notice after both the bootrec.exe /fixmbr & the bootrec.exe /fixboot commands reported "...completed successfully"! Then I issued the bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd command and Windows 7 promptly informed me that it couldn't find any Windows installations...

4). I then considered the possibility that the wrong partition may be set active on the disk, so I tried swapping the Active partitions around (and once this didn't achieve anything I switched back!)

Having had no success with the Recovery options I physically removed the hard disk and connected it to a docking bay -

*** Whilst the docking bay is connected to Windows 7 (64 bit... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 won't boot, trying to recover MBR! Don't want to lose important data!!!

how many hard drives are there?

Are any of them mechanical and are any of them solid state drives?

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All of my Quickbooks data is located on my Sandisk Cruzer 4GB Flash Drive. Today, I went to open a Quickbooks backup saved on the drive and it was not illuminated. I unplugged it then plugged it back in several times, to no avail. I used the Troubleshooter on Sandisk's website and nothing seemed to help. I can't detect the Flash drive anywhere on my computer. It is important that I recover the data from the drive, as my Quickbooks depends on it. What should I do ?

Answer:Flash Drive Not Detected; Important Data to Recover ?

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I just got a new HP Envy. Don't need my pavilion anymore.Moved all of my data over to large storage space today.Want to blow away my HDD just to protect integrity of it, before trashing computer.Don't have disks.  What's the fastest and easiest way to do it? Help quick. Need the desk space. Spending too much time trying to figure this out.

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Data Breaches Continue to Accelerate in 2017
In the first half of 2017 alone, there were nearly 2 billion records lost or stolen in a breach.

2018 Cybersecurity Forecast: Every Important Data Breach Statistic Businesses Need to Know

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The Data Recovery Wizard program worked for me when I lost some important files. It had a prices tag but from my experience it was worth it. You can see the details info via I wanted to share but also wanted to make sure that I didn't stray from the forum rules.


Answer:The Data Recovery Wizard program worked for me when I lost some important files.

Welcome to TSG....

Thank you for this site. It looks excellent. I would not worry about the advertising thing since you are just pointing out a site that saved your bacon.

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I have always backed my personal hard drives using images for easy restoration

However i now have 2 PCs that need backup performed and they just want the data so an image is not necessary thus i only want the important data ie; documents and settings important files no junk such as updates or temp files

I would prefer to remove the hard drives and plug it into another pc to perform the backup instead of doing the back up from the actual machine

I was looking for the best possible way to perform this

Answer:Backing up hard drives to external, important data ie; pictures music

You can use Windows Backup via Control Panel, System and Security, Backup and REstore, just for backing up your data and settings. A simple backup of C:\Users\<your username> would suffice for most people unless you have your documents on a separate folder or drive.
I use a good third party backup program called Retrospec Pro from EMC (Retrospect).

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While re-installing Windows 10 on my Samsung ativ book 9 (15" core i7), I had two partitions (256 gb ssd) half capacity each one, one holds the os, and the other my data.
when selecting the partition where to install windows 10, it tolds me that I cannot so i googled it, i figured out that i have to clean the partition and then convert it to gpt using diskpart.
so i did but instead of cleaning the system partition it deleted all the disk data in a second.
I have now one unallocated partition (256 gb), i created 3 partition afterwars, 500mb efi, primary for os, and third for my data. windows 10 installated successfully, but my data all gone.
I tried every single data recovery app, but all of them just recover some ****ty folders that doesn't have any value like desktop.ini. (by the way, i tried in the days after this data earthquake not to have new data to avoid overwriting the old precious data)
any help to undo clean command or anything would be amazingly appreciated.

Answer:Very Important data lost while installing windows 10 using diskpart clean partition, how can I get it back?

Unfortunately its your fault since you did not understand diskpart completely before using it. When using diskpart you might have selected the entire disk for the format rather than just the partition. There is no way your data can now be recovered.

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Hi folks,
I had a old PC which has just crashed but there is still some of my stuff, like photos, music, documents saved on this drive..which, of course I didn't back up.
If I remove the hard drive and install it in my new machine will it just appear as a second drive?
My new machine is running Windows Media and I don't want to do any damage by installing a hard drive that has XP OS on it

Or am I concerned unnecessarily

Answer:Getting data from an old harddrive

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Our mother board died due to lightning, In replacing the motherboard, what kind of problems will I run into in trying to boot up after motherboard is replaced?

Answer:Transfering harddrive data

Due to lightning?!! If you're mobo died due to that, I'm pretty sure some other stuff would have died also (like your CPU?)

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Hello. I had a computer in which I sometime ago, put a new motherboard and athlon processor in. Just recently, it started acting strange. My control panel would not act right. The Add/Remove Programs would not work, nor would the System icon work. It would suddenly lock up on me. I tried to reinstall Windows XP, but it had a spool error and stopped. Anyway, I bought a new computer with 40 gig hard drive in it and preloaded with Windows XP. (I had Windows XP in the old computer, too.) Is there anyway I can retrieve my data from my old hard drive? I have hundreds of digital photos on it, plus some other data I would hate to lose. I had CD's for all my programs on it. Anybody got any method to retrieve the data?

Answer:How do I retrieve data from harddrive?

You can hook up the drive as a slave and get your info if the drive is still good.

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I need some advice i am going to upgrade my current harddrive(Maxtor d-plus 9 8g IDE) to a new Maxtor 6Y120M0 120gb Serial ATA 8mb Cache 7200rpm.1Q - Is there any way i can transfer everything from my old drive to the new drive. I want to use the new drive as my main bootable drive.2Q - If i can whats the best way to go about it.Many ThanksChris

Answer:Moving Data from 1 Harddrive to a new one.

I know several people at work who have used click hereHave a read, and see if it does what you want.

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

Answer:recovering harddrive data

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ok...i have an old laptop harddrive that has been formatted, but i need to recover some pictures(years of familiy pictures) from it... i bought the cable that allows me to hook it up to my desktop... i can see the hard drive while booting, but i cant see it once the windows loads up.. what can i do, and what is a good software for that kinda data recovery.

Answer:data recovery from a old harddrive

visit thats the best data recoverey software avalible

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I need help in tranferring one harddrive to another one. My old one has a blue screen and I want some of my data off of it and someone told me I could do it this way. Any advice whether this is true or not. Please give me instruction on how to get this done...Thanks

Answer:Transfering data from one harddrive to another one

what you mean? when you boot up with the current hdd with the data on it, you get a blue error message? well if thats the case, all you have to do is set the drive to a slave or a cable select drive, put it into another computer (thats working) and then transfer the data to the other computer harddrive. once finished you can format and reinstall windows or whatever.

if the problem is worse you may like to have a look at a data recovery software package to get the data. hope it worrks :grinthumb

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we are wanting to get a new hardrive, bigger but we can't find our OS cd so the only OS we have is on old hardrive. We want to transfer everything , expecially OS to new hardrive. First is this possible and if it is how do we do it??? thanks

Answer:Data Tranfer from Old Harddrive to New

What O/S are we talking about?Keep in mind that years of use of a Windows system accumulates a lot of debris, some of which you probably don't want to retain. In the end everyone needs a real Windows CD sooner or later.If you want to preserve this as it is do a google search for free imaging software, or check out Acronis True Image or Ghost if you are willing to pay. (Although if you ar ewilling to pat, you may just want to invest in a Windows CD.)

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Having trouble saving some files I copied from my old cp to my hard drive, appreciate some help.


Answer:Saving from data cd to harddrive

Start,Programs, Accessories, Windows Explorer....find the cd drive on left side of box and open right click to copy what is on the cd, then right click paste to where you want it on the right side of ther box

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Hi, i'm new to the forums and was looking for some help. I purchased a new computer last week and hooked up my old harddrive to retrieve some of my old data. It was working fine until recently whenever i try to access it, it tells me the harddrive isn't formatted and won't let me view the files. Is there any program or a way i could get some of my old stuff back?
thanks in advance.

Answer:Any Way To Retrieve Data From Old Harddrive?

Do both drives have XP installed? Are the both NTFS or FAT32 file system?

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I had a problem on my HP Imelda 1437, so I used system recovery to bring the computer back to factory settings.As I had a second drive, which did not want touched , I unplugged it.Run the recovey system,plugged in my second 'data' drive, and the system now tells me that the drive is 'Raw Data' and Unformatted. I assume that the BIOS has been changed, as the system was originally a One hard drive system, is there any easy way to restore the bios, without undoing the covers, removing the battery and /or flipping the Bios clear switch./ Thanks Terry

Answer:Lost Data on Harddrive

System recovery should not do anything to the BIOS, if the BIOS was not seeing the drive you would not see it at all in windows.Has windows allocated a drive letter?

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Everytime I Boot My Computer It Goes Straight To Dos. Does Anybody Know To Stop This? If Not How Can I Pull My Data Off The Harddrive So I Can Reimage It? I Am Using Win Xpsp1.

Answer:Pulling Data From Harddrive From Dos With No Os.

Check out is a link there for a program that may do what you want.

Any MG'ers out there with a better solution?

XP experts should be able to come up with abetter solution for you, I think.
Wait a while and see who replies. Bazza

BTW, welcome to MG. Be warned, it becomes addictive. Baz

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I asked this a few weeks ago, elsewhere (not sure now where) about transferring data from one computer to a new one.

I was told to take out the OLD hd, unplug the cd-rom of the new computer, plug the old hd into this plug, and save the info from it onto the new hd.

I didn't have the new computer at the time (and it's not mine, it's someone else's I'm helping with it. She doesn't want me taking her new computer apart to do this

The basic question about this (now) is.... I can take her old computer, take the hd out, put it in MY computer, plugging it in instead of the CDROM (which is my E drive) then burn the files from this onto a CD using my CD burner which is my D drive?

Before I take my pc case off I wanted to check and see if I have this right. The CD Rom plug will fit on the HD and it will turn the HD (from old computer) into the E drive- to take the files and folders from?

(It amazes me that I can talk computer

What we were trying to do is zip the folders and send them to her mail, but for some reason the "zip and email" option doesn't come up on her setup.

So, I remembred the plugging in the hd where the CD ROM goes idea.

I have WIN 98SE and the old hd is WIN 98 (if that matters in this)

Also, for whoever did the Halloween decorations, I love the logo!)



Answer:Taking data off harddrive

The old HDD does use the same connections as the CD drive.


The CD will probably be connected as a Slave drive, and the old HDD will certainly be a Master if it was the boot drive. Therefore you need to set the jumpers from Master (possibly no jumpers) to Slave on the back of the drive. A key to where they go should be on the drive label. All brands tend to be different as to the settings, there is no standard way.

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My Gaming PC broke down I am highly guessing is the processor which would always run really hot. Cant Complain since it lasted at least 3 years.

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

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

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

Answer:Recovering Data From Old HardDrive

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

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hi guys

first time posting on here, hope iv posted this in the right area, apologies if not! basically my computer has stopped loading up windows, its takes me to the load up options screen (safe mode, last known config, start windows normally screen etc etc) and when i choose an option it just begins the reboot process again and again! iv tried using windows recovery off the XP cd using some methods iv found on various forums but to no avail.

basically iv resigned myself to having to reload windows from scratch but want to know how i go about (trying) to save all the files on my harddrive that im loathed to lose in the process! i have a second computer that i can use as a base but would appreciate some advice, detailed i fpossible, on how i go about getting the said files onto the second computer from the harddrive from my redundant computer

any help would be greatly appreciated


Answer:transfering data off my harddrive

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Computer informationDell Dimension 3000Windows XP HomeProblemUpon booting it attempt to load windows. It will display the Windons XP loco briefly and then go to a blue error screen. The error screen says that the harddrive is corrupted.  Run CHKDSK /F.........I have attempted without success to Start in safe mode, last known configuration  normal and all other options. It will repeat the process and return to the blue screen. MY question is..... They is a lot of data that the owner of compute would like to have recover  from old hard drive. I have heard of this being done. Can anyone give me some advice on how to do this? I do have another IDE hard drive I can use the computer.....

Answer:Harddrive Data recovery

Boot to your XP CD, choose the first repair option, enter the recovery console and run chkdsk /r

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I would like to wipe a drive of mine clean, because i'm selling it to someone, what programs can I use to accomplish this task, and there is Windows Vista installed on it.

Answer:how to erase data on Harddrive

Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN) download and review - secure hard drive erasure from SnapFiles

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I have earlier successfully used a SATA\IDE adapter with a 12v=2A/5 V=2A power source (don't know what the two values actually mean here) for saving some data from a harddrive in a broken PC. Can I use the same adapter for saving data from a laptop harddrive? The adapters seem to fit with the extensions I have, but the specs on the harddrive says 5V 700mA. Or will the output of the power source be "too strong" here?

Answer:Saving data from laptop harddrive

that should be OK -
you have an adapter - 5V 2A - so the max current is 2amps
and you only need to provide 700mA or 0.7amps

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Circuit City tech guy says he could NOT transfer my
data from IDE 60 GB to my new HP computer I bought on 7/8/7
He said the harddrive wasn't spinning & he thought it was dead.
(My monitor fizzled out on 7/7/7 like a light bulb going out.)

Answer:Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA

If the hard drive is not spinning, your options are suddenly very expensive.

You will need to take the drive to a professional data recovery company, but prepare yourself for a likely very high cost. If the drive has to be opened, a "clean room" lab is essential as even a single speck of dust will take out the heads and platter.

Data that only exists on a hard drive and is not backed up is data that you don't care about losing. The hard drive and PSU are the two most failure prone devices in a PC. You need to backup important data regularly, the hard drive is temporary storage at best.

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heres the deal
i have a 250gb harddrive thats had alotta stuff taken off and put on it, i want to reformat it.
i have some things id like to save, so i have an old 40gb harddrive sitting around. unfourtunately it has stuff on it and i would like to wipe it clean so i can put it in the computer and have it set to a slave drive so i can just copy and paste all of the data from one harddrive to the other. then i can wipe the 250gb harddrive, reinstall windows, plug in the 40gb, and transfer the data back.

with all that said, how exactly do i do that? i tried putting the 40gb in but either my computer wont boot (no message, the screen never changes from all black) or it boots from the 40gb harddrive and doesnt recognize the 250gb.

Answer:harddrive reformatting/backup data

Welcome to TSG!
It's possible that the 250 gig HDD has been jumpered to standalone which is not (edit: not always) the same as Master. You need to set both drives' jumpers. The 40 GB to slave, and 250 GB to Master.

If the 250 GB HDD is SATA, then it should be recognized no matter what IDE drives are present... In this case I would go into BIOS and check if they are recognized OK, and then check boot order. Besides boot order of different device types (floppy, CD, HDD, etc.) in some BIOS-es there's an option for setting boot priority of HDDs present in the system.

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As I'd like to free up space, how does one transfer data (still or moving pictures) from hard drive to CD rewriter; answers in some detail please, as I am a computer novice.

Answer:transfer data from harddrive to CDrewriter?

Do you have any burning software? Nero etc? If not, get a program like DeepBurner from click here Free of charge.DeepBurner is an advanced and extremely powerful CD and DVD burning package. It removes the hassle of making CDs, DVDs, and autoruns. It even makes it easy for you to create and print your own labels and booklets. DeepBurner supports a very wide range of internal and external (USB 2.0 and FireWire) CD and DVD writers. Burn any data, copy any disc, make backups, create astonishing photo CD albums, make ISO CDs and Video DVDs with this very easy to handle software!It comes with a comprehensive guide.

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Hi. A while back I encountered some problems with my computer. It started with me waking up to a black screen with white text telling me to repair windows. I restarted and there were no more worries. This happened again and again and my computer became harder and harder use. The computer would have complete lag spikes when playing games, entering files etc. became slower and slower until I couldn't boot windows at all. I bought a new SSD drive and installed windows 7 only to find a 5 minute boot time. When it finally booted, the old hard drive (which is connected a long with three other drives) was extremely difficult to handle. Accessing files was slow and the whole computer seemed slow despite having an SSD disk and fresh windows install. I moved my old hard drive to my mom's computer to see if I could extract my files (my whole life is in it), but the transfer speeds are slow and I'm getting error messages when copying certain files. I'm not sure what to do here. I know there are certain file recovery software's I can use and I tried Recuva (which is free), but when pointing it to my hard drive, it stalls for about 2-3 mins before giving me an error message. I find it odd that I can access and copy files from this hard drive through 'Computer', but that a file recovery software has troubles with it :S I need some help here

Answer:Harddrive issue, is my data lost?

In the circumstances, I would recommend that you use PhotoRec to recover all your files first. I do not want you to try anything else - not even the manufacturer's diagnostic utility.(That can come after data recovery)


1. It does not write anything to your drive in question.

2. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data. It can recover almost all types of files, not necessarily photos and videos.

( IMO, a badly corrupted file system caused Windows not to boot but in its present abode, you are able to access it and copy it too but with errors because of the corrupt file system. There is still a 10% chance that that HDD is dying with more and more bad sectors being created. In either case the first priority is to recover as much as possible, and to me there is no better way than using PhotoRec)

I would also recommend that you run it under DOS bootable from a pen drive. Create your bootable DOS pen drive with Rufus Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way ( I go with MS-DOS rather than FreeDos - fad )

Download TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.13 (15 November 2011), Data Recovery Dos/Win9x version from TestDisk Download - CGSecurity Extract the zip file to your C drive. You will find a folder testdisk-6.13 on your C drive. Open it, select all the files in it and copy all those files into the Dos pen drive you already created. Boot from the DOS pen drive and at the command prompt type photorec_win.exe and press enter to run it. (And y... Read more

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My old laptop suffered a fall and unfortuantly will not work. I have been told that there is no problem with the hard drive just something else and it is terminal, my insurance company has provided me with a new laptop. The problem is it contains all my old files, pictures, music etc.How can I get the files off my old hard drive and put it onto my new laptop. Do I need to take either of the laptops apart?PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Answer:Data Transfer between old and new Laptop harddrive

If your old laptop is totally dead, you will need to get at the old HDD to rescue data. Unless you know what you are doing it might be best left to a professional.

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i want to recover data from the following harddrive (of a dead laptop).
FUJITSU 30GB IDE ATA PATA 2.5" LAPTOP HARD DRIVE HDD on eBay, also Hard Drives, Drives HDD CD DVD, Laptop Accessories, Computing (end time 21-Jan-09 18:46:06 GMT)

I also have this new laptop
Product Specifications*

with this SATA drive
WD Scorpio Blue 250 GB SATA Hard Drives ( WD2500BEVS )

I also have a freecom external drive which is also sata.
Freecom Mobile Hard Drive Classic 250GB: Electronics & Photo

And i have a fujitsu siemens desktop pc - pentium 4, 512mb, 74gb

So, what product (ide2sata, ide2usb, enclosures, etc) can i use to recover the data?

thx 4 ur help.

Answer:Data recovery from harddrive - urgent

Well if you have a desktop which you can plug the dead 30GB in to, then read it from there, you could just copy the files from it. I don't know how difficult that would be to do with only a laptop.

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Hi guys,
well heres the story: My sister brought me a computer to fix for her friend who owns a restaurant. So all i did was an easy fix formatted the hard drive and installed windows. Well i brought it back to the owner and she is very sad that i have deleted all the files on the computer. If i knew she wanted to recover the data i would have installed the hard drive into my computer and backed it up for her but i didn't know.
Heres the problem: She had a lot of records stored on the computer she needs and I was wondering if there was a way to restore some of her data that i formatted? I am willing to buy the software because i am getting more ppl who ask me to fix their computer. I know that since i installed windows on it, that it is impossible to recover all the formatted data but I think if i just get some she will be happy. I thank you for any help. Thank you.

Answer:Recover Data from Formatted HardDrive?

Runtime software's get data back seems to work the best for me,

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My 14 month old two thousand dollar Gateway laptop just went belly up - I think it's a power problem and that the harddrive is ok, at least I'm praying for that. (I can't believe that I was so stupid about backing up - I nag everyone I know to do it regularly, and then I don't. ) I'll send the machine in for repair but I urgently need some docs from it - is there a way to patch the laptops drive into my desktop? A friend suggests USB to USB and says it'll show up as another drive letter in My Computer. I wonder about a cable ribbon and call it a slave? Am I dreaming?

Answer:how to save data onlaptop harddrive

You can buy an adapter to slave it to pc hdd or you can buy a usb enclosure for it for a few dollars.

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A friend at work wants me to try to recover some data from a laptop with a broken screen and windows isn't booting.
What i want to know is whats the easiest way to do this.
i think i read some were that you can use a linux cd to recover stuff from a pc i do have a 1 therabite external drive will that be good to use if so what linux OS should i use?
I don't know the model of the laptop ill be picking it up tomorrow and post the specs of it.

thank you for your time.

Answer:Data recovery from laptop harddrive.

Take the hard drive out of the laptop. Get an external enclosure that accepts 2.5". Put it into your system and transfer away.

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I have a Dell 1525 Inspiron Laptop and  one morning it just wouldn't start up to Windows at all.  The tech couldn't do it no matter what, no restore, nothing so he said he'd have to wipe everything clean.  But, I can't lose some important text files.   I bought an external harddrive but since I can't get  into Windows I can't load the installation CD or really do anything.  How can I get my laptop info into an external harddrive without getting into windows?  Is there any other way to reload without losing files?Thanks

Answer:Need to Save Data to an External Harddrive

Yes. And the Tech should have told you. The method is to gently remove the HDD from the sick computer and place it into a good computer, as an extra drive. You save the relevant data into a folder on the main drive of the host computer. Later you can move that data back once the sick computer is well again. Programs have to be installed again. The data only needs to be copied.Hard Drive Recovery Tutorial - How To Slave Laptop DiskThe link above shows doing it with an eternal USB device, so you would not even have to get inside the Desktop Chassis.

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Hello. Still trying to get used to Vista after have xp for some time. I am stumped on saving a data file that I copied to a cd from my old cp. How do I save it to my hard drive.


Answer:? on saving cd data to harddrive thru vista

View the file on the CD in the documents viewer (explorer) and right click it and select Copy.

Then navigate to the folder where you want to put it and right click and paste ...

Its no different to any other Windows version in that respect?

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hi friends i have accidently formatted my d drive where there were my collection of software and pictures , so can they be rrecovered ? if yes which is the best application or software in free and paid...please suggest

Answer:which is the best data recovery software for harddrive

Try this
[email protected] File Recovery. Product Features: NTFS, exFAT,FAT32,HFS+,Ext2fs/Ext3fs
I used it once on a formatted drive and recovered 90%+ of the files on it.

There is a trial and this is what they say about it

Quick Recovery Steps

Download and install [email protected] File Recovery on your computer.
(Avoid installing it to the disk where your lost files are located)Scan the diskSearch for deleted filesFree version allows recovery of up to a 64kb filesVerify the file integrity using file PreviewWhen your data is found, the free version can be easily activated to allow recovery of any size file without re-installing the software and re-scanning the disks

Its on sale at the moment.

Good luck.

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The external hard drive that I have now is starting to malfunction. Is it possible to move the data on it to another external hard drive and do you need a computer to do it? The older hard drive has a capacity of 120 gb.

Answer:Moving Data from one external Harddrive to Another

Since it is external, yes you need to connect it to a computer [which in any case would be the easiest method]
If they were both internal drives, you could use a disk duplicator like this;

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Hope this is in the right forum - apologies if not.

A friend of mine had a problem with their computer - the harddrive couldn't be found by the bios. I think it was a fault on the motherboard, but he decided to get a new computer even if it wasn't.

I tested his harddrive as a slave on my computer and it worked fine. On my computer it shws as G: with 41GB used. I tried copying the contents of the drive over to my computer so i could delete the files not required, but it only copied 27GB. I'm guessing that's system files that can't be copied etc.

Is there a way of getting all the documents and files from G: that the user would have put on - so that the OS system files are ignored as well as any program files, but documents he created can be transferred along with files he downloaded? I have tried to look for a way of doing this but i don't think that searching under 'created by' will be good enough. For example, if he has downloaded mp3 files, these may get missed.

I'm hoping this is quite a common exercise by those more IT than me and an easy explanation is available.

Waiting with everything crossed.

Answer:Extract user data from harddrive

If the drive was healthy you would be able to transfer both user-data & system files from the drive, since the operating system is not currently running from that drive so no files on it are being used by your system. The only other requirement is one concerning access to the user account data folders - to overcome "access denied" you have to change the access permissions for them.

The hard drive can't truly be declared as "working fine" until you've tested it with diagnostic software such as Seagate SeaTools for Windows: (click "Downloads").

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Circuit City tech guy says he could NOT transfer my
data from IDE 60 GB to my new HP computer I bought on 7/8/7
He said the harddrive wasn't spinning & he thought it was dead.
(My monitor fizzled out on 7/7/7 like a light bulb going out.)

Answer:Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA?

This is the same as your previous post - - which Ziggy suggested you get moved to the Hardware section. Please don't double-post, just contact a mod and have them merge the threads and move them to Hardware.

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I have a Maxtor 60g drive that appears to have failed, not physically though. I am using a W95 machine for testing (could be my first mistake) with EZ drive installed in the bios which should allow it to see drives larger than 2 gig. I first used a W98 FDISK bootdisk and FDISK/mbr command to fix the boot record that I believe was corrupted and then ran the EZ Drive boot disk utility to test the drive. It says all is okay! Now when I install the drive as a slave drive my bios sees only 8gigs instead of the full amount. I tried to manually input the drive data into the bios but the figures don't generate the correct size of the drive. Could this be because of the W95 system? Also, assuming that the data on the drive is still intact, what utility could I purchase to retrieve it without the convience of a boot record for reference? :bounce:

Answer:How do I retrieve data from crashed harddrive?

I would add a pci ide card and retrieve the data that way, unless I could slave the drive in another sys and burn a cd or dvd.

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A little while ago my old computer finally died, my cat spilled water onto the pc and it managed to get into the motherboard and it stopped working afterwards. Anyway, I removed harddrive which had windows 7 running on it. as it was the only thing worth saving from all the hardware. I inserted it into a rig I was given by my brother that's running windows 10. After I installled the harddrive into the pc I decided i'd just use the harddrive with windows 10 as my primary harddrive, after attempting to access the files on the old harddrive I came into a problem, after I gave myself permission to access the drive I noticed the 'last date modifed' was from 6 15 2015, which was the last time I reinstalled windows 7. After looking through every windows old, program files ect I realized I couldn't find any of my saved files from the latest installation of windows 7.After looking at the amount of space left I realized it was exacty the same as when it was on my old computer. So I used a file recovery software on the harddrive in hopes of finding my most recent pictures and videos. Instead I found files that I had deleted that were from old harddrives previous installation of windows 7. So I booted up the older harddrive as the primary drive and loaded into windows 7 with the same wall paper desk top icons ect that were on the previous installation that I made in 2015. So, is there anyway to recover the files that apparently have disapppeared?

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Hey everyone, I'm ner here. This looks like a great place for information. Looks like I'll be stickin around. Anyway, my buddy is in some major trouble. He has a big project due tomorrow and it's all saved at school. He had it at home but his ssiter reinstalled windows xp, and his file is lost.

Is there a way to retrieve his file?

Thank you very much,


Answer:Retrieve data off harddrive after reinstall of win xp??

Highly unlikely if she installed from scratch.
If she re-installed over the existing XP, the file should still be there.
Best bet is to get the copy back from school and continue with that.
Then burn it on a CD.

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Hey guys,

It seems my harddrive has formatted itself. I had to reboot my computer and noticed that windows was showing my 200gb seagate as being 128gb. Next i noticed that it said it was raw and not even formatted! I never click on format or deleted any partitions so i dont get why this happened. Im completely baffeled as to why it redetected it as 137gb when it has been working all along. I have not changed any hardware or software settings at all. Im running winxp sp2 and have tried to reformat and it only gives me the 137gb. Please help me with this!!!!

Answer:harddrive autoformatted, data lost help!

either your hard drive is breaking down or you have a virus. download avg free edition at or use a diagnostic program from seagate. if you are unable to boot and run the antivirus software just reformat and reinstall windows. tell us what you find.

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Hey all ... I need to recover data from a crashed HD. What can I try to get it off. I noticed that it wasn't mounting if I would leave windows and log back in later. I was [planning on moving the data but of course now XP doesn't see it at all ... ran a CHKDSK on it during boot up and then it showed. But when I went to access the data it wouldn't let me. Rebooted and now it doesn't show up.

Suggestons and guidance needed!

Answer:Recover Data From Crashed HardDrive

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My Dell Inspirion 1000 went dead. The power supply jack gave way.. so am unable to charge the battery or run the computer though the power supply...So in effect the laptop is dead..

Is there a way I can access data from my harddrive by using my USB drive / other ports?
Is there a way I can charge the battery through the USB ports?

I do have my old laptop IBM A20 (in case you would like to suggest some hook ups) I need the data off my old computer to complete my assignments and cannot wait for a replacement battery to arrive...

Any suggestions appreciated..


Answer:Lap top dies but need to access data from harddrive

Here ya go...


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Hi, Can anyone recommend the best data recovery company. I had dropped my external hard drive and opened it to recover, but failed. It is serious, difficult job. There are so many data recovery company in UK, but i do not know which one can do such difficult job.
Many thanks

Answer:data recover from broken harddrive

If you have opened it game over!
and spam springs to mind.

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Hello all! I'll start out by saying I love: Vista, ME, and having rusty nails thrust into my eyeballs.

Here's my deal, one of my sons was playing with the PC and it started booting to "recovery" screen on reboot. The OS wont load up, and it canot start in safemode. If I try to go through the 'recovery mode' steps its an endless reboot cycle ending back up at the 'recovery mode' screen. SO, I decided to end the pain. I removed the laptop HD, put it into an enclosure and connected it to my PC via USB cable. When I browse to the drive a limited set of folders is displayed, thus, I cannot see the files I want to back up.

I'm thinking there are some user controlls or permissions on the folders that wont let me from another computer browse them.

Any thoughts?

Answer:Recovering Data From Vista HardDrive

Maybe try taking ownership:

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My toshiba laptop seems to have died. Turned it on last night and video was black. When i went to internet via quick connect button I could see a faint image of home page.
Is there some way I can get the data off this hard drive to install on new laptop or desktop machine? Usb to another computer of removal of hard drive? I cannot click on any thing on laptop as it is for all purposes invisible.

Answer:getting data off harddrive laptop W/no video

First i would try connecting a monitor and see if its the screen or main video bad, [2] With an adapter you can hook up that hard drive to a desktop and recover your data. ed

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