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Taking data off harddrive

Question: Taking data off harddrive

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!)

Thanks,

Carrie

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Preferred Solution: Taking data off harddrive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Taking data off harddrive

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

BUT

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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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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- I'm looking for a visual aid in how to take out a harddrive. I've tried online but came up short.

- There's a metal brace, with 2 screws, that is holding the HD in place and once I took the screws out, it would not come out.

- I'm also asking if there is anything I should unplug before taking it out.

- If anyone could be of service or lead me in a good direction, I'd appreciate it...Thanks
 

Answer:- Good web site for taking out your harddrive??

Greg,

The HD is secured from both sides. It sounds like your drive is in a large bay and has the adaptor rails attached to it to make the mechanical connection to the bay's frame.

You will have to remove the opposite side of the case to access the screws to totally release the drive rails.
 

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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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Answer:Temporary Files are taking up harddrive space

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Answer:if my web history is never deleted is that taking up my harddrive memory?

The history will take space on the hard drive. What did you change when you did this?

i went into my computer and changed it from .o to .1 Click to expand...
 

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I was installing linux mint and it was not suppose to delete windows and my mp3s but I must have made a mistake. Oh please help me, Ive lost photos and mp3s, books, papers, so much, please help.
 

Answer:erased harddrive, using Spotmau to recover,taking too long

I'd try another recovery program like Test Disk.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
 

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hey

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:

hey

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 compatible...so 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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I tried to restart and login to my profile but got an error message saying the profile was corrupt and could not be loaded.

I then created a new user profile and attempted to delete the corrupt user profile and keep the files in the 'my documents' folder. (when deleting the profile this option is available).

When I executed this it said it was saving the files from 'my documents' to a folder on my desktop. I left my computer on for several hours and the folder never appeared.

I eventually restarted and still no folder. When I did a search of the users, the user profile I tried to delete was still there, but read 0mb. I was also unable to delete this folder, it said 'access denied, folder write protected or in use' dont remember the exact wording.

When I check my harddrive space, its still reading as though the files in my documents are still there. I had lots of music and movies, one of which was 4GB by itself, so I am very sure that were those files deleted I would have more free space. I checked all the folders I could think of and none had enough data to account for 69GB of space being taken up. The only thing I could think of was the old profile still being there in the background..s... Read more

Answer:Solved: Ghost User Profile Taking Up Harddrive Space

try boot into safe mode enter as "administrator" you will have full control of the system

then you can sort out the problems. hold down F8 key on bootup till you get the screen for safe mode options.
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4510U CPU @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 69 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8104 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 201457 MB, Free - 14627 MB; D: Total - 25599 MB, Free - 22030 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, Yoga2
Antivirus: Windows Defender,
 

Answer:ghost data taking up C drive

There are many hidden files which are not being counted by your method that Windows includes. You can use a program like WinDirStat or TreeSize to get an accurate view of which folders are taking up what space: http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/
 

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Answer:Excel - taking a "snapshot" of data

The easiest way I can think of would be to use the macro recorder. Depending on the sensitivity of the data I would be prepared to have a look at the spreadsheet and offer advice on creating/editing a macro.

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I found it came with Microsoft office installed for some reason, that was 10 gig I removed that SAVED 10GIG

is there any basic things im missing here ? to make it smaller ?

Ive used spacesniffer to try and get an understanding



but all I can see that stands out is the CBS log files taking up 11.7gb , whats this ? is it needed ? thanks

oh and does my page file really need to be 4.5gb since I have 8 gb of RAM?

Answer:Windows 8 is still taking up 60g of data is there any way to lower this ?

The CBS.log file is generated after running SFC /scannow. If you have run this lately. If your computer is running well, You can safely delete this file. You may have a cbs.persist.log as well. The existing cbs.log gets copied to
cbs.persist.log, each time a new cs.log is created. You can also delete this
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Another space hog is the System Volume information. This is System Restore points. You can reduce the size of the System Restore file as well. Reduce System Restore’s Disk Usage in Vista

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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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Answer:Serious Malware - Playing Audio/Taking Data

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Answer:System Rollback Data taking up a lot of space

It DOES strike me as unusual to consume that much disk space (depending on partition size).

You can, however, control how much space is allocated to system restore by launching System Restore, and entering the settings.

Don't have Win7 for exact instructions, but on XP, which should be similar:

1. Launch System Restore
2. Click the 'System Restore Settings' link
3. Under 'Available Drives' select the drive System Restore files reside on, and press the 'Settings' button
4. Use the slider to adjust the percentage of disk space System Restore should use.
5. Apply your settings
 

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any ideas where to start checking this

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Answer:Copying the same amount of data taking longer

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Answer:transfering data off my harddrive

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Answer:recovering harddrive data

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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 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.

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

Check out http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=63970There 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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Answer:data recovery from a old harddrive

visit http://www.ontrack.com/ thats the best data recoverey software avalible

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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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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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Answer:Taking out IDE harddrive error "Disc boot failure, insert system..."

When you installed the OCZ drive, it sound like you had the 80gb HD connected. So the boot up files got written to the 80 gb HD. Do you have a Win7 install DVD ? If so run startup repair 3 times in a row with the 80gb disconnected.

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Answer:Recycling a movie from my harddrive is taking long long time.

Let the system do its work. You just want to wait. Usually this don't occur unless it is a huge file. Be patient for a reasonable time. Still if it remains, try logging off/restart.
Take Care

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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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hi,

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: Amazon.co.uk: 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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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,

J-Kite
 

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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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
 

Answer:Important Data on non-Formated Harddrive

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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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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)

PhotoRec:

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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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.

Thanks
 

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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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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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 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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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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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?
OR
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..

Thanks,
 

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

Here ya go...

patio.
 

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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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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;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...=hard_drive_duplicator-_-17-707-370-_-Product
 

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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 grisoft.com 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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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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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.
George
 

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: http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/ (click "Downloads").
 

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I have reformatted the hard drive, installed the necessary programs, but cannot eliminate the data.In fact,  I CANNOT FIND IT."My computer" shows the hard drive ()x200) as having 22.6 gb available out of 320 gb. But whan i open up folders to find what is there, nothing appears except "Folder is Empty".Of course, the computer is slow as molasses and I need to clean it out.I have backed up the datea to aSATA drive so I no longer need it.Anyonw have any ideas? ThankisRAM

Answer:Cannot find data to erase from harddrive

Let me guess, you use window to format the driver? You may want to take a look at clicking on the window icon, right click on computer>-manage->Disk management and see if there are any partitions that are unformatted. Alternatively, you may want to download a free and great tools called partition wizard. zap the whole harddisk and see if the empty spaces comes back.

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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.)
HOW DO I RETREIVE MY IMPORTANT DATA??????
 

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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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:http://www.tipandtrick.net/2008/how-to-tak...lders-in-vista/http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...-menu-in-vista/http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/05/25/e...ories-in-vista/

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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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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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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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I've got a 250 gig WD scorpio drive that was damaged during a botched backup with Norton Ghost. The controller is reporting a meager 54.49 gigs of available space on the unallocated disk. I assume this is due to LBA definitions (excuse me if I use the wrong vernacular, I'm just learning about this now) that have been changed to match that of the drive that was being backed up. I know the Linux fdisk command can perform the necessary operations, but I'd prefer to stay in a Windows environment. Does anyone know of a command or a program that can perform the necessary changes?

Thanks
 

Answer:Editing harddrive CHS data in Windows 7

Instead of fiddling with it, I'd use the WD diagnostic tools.
 

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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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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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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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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.)
HOW DO I RETREIVE MY IMPORTANT DATA??????
 

Answer:Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA?

This is the same as your previous post - http://forums.techguy.org/business-applications/593431-how-transfer-harddrive-new-computer.html - 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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Hi, I setup a local backup method over my local network using a DIY video tutorial. The video says that the new backups will replace the old backups. The backbone of this method is a script which is scheduled by the task scheduler. I am now trying to replace the script so that the backups are created with a new name each time when the backups occur. Is it possible to configure it in this manner?
regards
cmd

Answer:Scripting for taking local data backup over the home network

I would ask the creator of the Script/Video

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Hi, I setup a local backup method over my local network using a DIY video tutorial. The video says that the new backups will replace the old backups. The backbone of this method is a script which is scheduled by the task scheduler. I am now trying to replace the script so that the backups are created with a new name each time when the backups occur. Is it possible to configure it in this manner?
regards
cmd

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Ok this time its related to creating a web site.

I am creating a web site for a college project of mine. So fra i have made a few forms for the site. My problem is that i donot know how to take the data from the web site and store it in a database. I have been racking my head and scouring the net but have been unsuccessful in finding anything relevent . Any help on what i can do to resolve this problem would be the most appreciated. Itsjust that i am nearing he deadline for submission and am unable to proceed ahead.

Thanks a lot
 

Answer:Taking data from an html form and storing it in SQL Server 2000

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I keep migrating to larger disks, but feel like I want to solve the problem.

My Application Folders has multiple coples that seem to keep replicating. I noticed this on a previous wWin 7 computer build. Is there an issues here for is this correct?



Also, I want to move my ihone apps to another drive to free space. I'm running File|Library Organize and am copying the apps to a new drive, but don't thing that'll move them. Any suggestions on moving iPHone apps also appreciated.

Thanks,

Reid

Answer:multiple Application Data folders taking up lots of space

JESUS . Never seen anything like it.

Whats inside the folders?, How many User accounts do you have?.

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I have just purchased a new computer (2.8Ghz Pentium 4, 1 GB RAM, 128MB Video Card and an 80GB hardrive). I am running Windows XP home edition. I also have my old computer and I want to take the hardrive out of it and put it in the new computer as a slave. I then want to take data off the old harddrive and tranfer it to the new 80GB harddrive. I am running Windows 98SE on my old harddrive.

MY question is: Do I need to disable Windows 98SE on my old disk? Will the new computer recognize the second hard drive? How do I shut off Windows 98SE, to keep it from booting up when the new computer starts running?

Thanks for all your effort to my problem in advance.

Sparkknock
 

Answer:Solved: Adding a data filled 2nd harddrive

I'm not an expert at this but, you don't have to do anything with the 98 drive because it will be set to slave, will not boot the os. You should be able to read data from 98 drive as if it was a floppy, not sure about the fat32, ntfs thing. Keep in mind you be be able to copy data only not programs, i.e. you will have to reinstall any programs you had on the 98 hdd onto the new hdd.
 

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My toshiba harddrive died after a few months of receiving it. I got it for Christmas last year. The original harddrive died in June and was replaced with a new one within two weeks. In September the new harddrive crashed and died. I took it to a local shop to get the data, but they were unable to get the data.

I really need this data back. It has a lot of important files. What can I do to get the data?

Answer:My Toshbia Harddrive died. How can I get the data back?

That's really bad luck!
Assuming the drive is still in the computer and will spin up you could try booting to a live linux CD. A good free one would be puppy linux.
Get a friend to download it and burn to a CD. Boot your laptop from the CD and see if you can browse to the "dead" HDD and pull files off to an external USB HDD.
There are businesses that recover data but I think it is an expensive service.

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Hello folks,
My windows 7 (home premium 32bit) doesnt start anymore, my system recovery data is on external hard drive. Any idea how to access this backup?
Cheers

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problem:

got a pc which wont work, it keeps asking fr the boot disk. this doesnt matter - its an old heap of junk which doesnt need fixing. i dont even know which OS it was using at present. (i will find out tomorrow)

I need to get the data off the the harddrive which it used.

the drive is only 10gb, its a fujitsu MP3102AT drive.

i tried ubcd4win but the pc kept asking for floppy, i set the boot options in the bios to cd, but it still wont load.

EDIT: got it to load the cd drive - ubcd loaded, but isnt recognising the hard drive.

This hard drive just wont be picked up or recognised in any machine i have, is it just fuked completley?
this all adds to experience!
 

Answer:Solved: trying to recover data from harddrive - unsucessfully...

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I used Secure Data Disposal to wipe the contents of T30-2366 40 GB harddrive at level 3 (DOD), which was successful. Now however, when I boot up the T30, the screen says "error loading operating system, press key to restart". If I load Parttion Magic Resure diskettes - it recognises the hard drive, but says there is an "partition tabel error #108 found" but is unable to reformat it or do anything else. If I try and reinstall Windows XP from CD - it says " error loading operating system, press key to reboot". Could you please advise how to reinstall Windows XP.    

Answer:Harddrive problem after using Secure Data Disposal v1.3

Hello, please check here the XP clean installation guide.Try a low level format before.

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Hi guys,

i've been recovering data for a while now from shot drives.. but i've never tried recovering data from a drive that CAN NOT be detected in bios.. the software that i use is then worthless coz the drive doesnt appear..


any suggetstions?

the state of the drive is:

- it made a clanking noise before dying...
- if the harddrive is connected in one IDE line, the other drive in the same IDE channel can not be detected as well.. tried interchanging.. slave and master,
- the hard drive seems to be spinning still.. coz it vibrates when i introduce power to it..


i hope i can still recover data from this drive.. very very valuable data..

please help.

Answer:Recovering data from harddrive (BIOS cant detect)

www.ontrack.com

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Hi,

I recently broke my laptop and as it was fairly old decided to upgrade instead of trying to fix it, however I want to get the data from my old laptop to upload onot my new one.

I have a external enclosure for a laptop harddrive that I can slave off but my issue is that the drive from my old laptop is partitioned (C:\ & D:\). My new laptop's system drive is C:\ so when I plug in the harddrive it detects but does not come up as a drive. I've tried to change the drive letter of the C:\ drive but as it's the system drive it won't let me, anyone know what I can do?

Any suggestions would be most welcome, I have 3 years worth of emails on my old harddrive which I really don't want to lose.

Thanks,

Dillonmr

Answer:Broken laptop - recover harddrive data

Not sure why the partitions aren't showing up, but I can tell you there is absolutely no point in changing the drive letter as it wouldn't help you access the external drive and could really screw up your current system. What operating sytem were you running on the old drive? If the partitions are formatted as NTFS, they could be refusing to mount due to an "unclean shutdown".

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I need to recover some data from an Hitachi Travelstar laptop harddrive that crashed. It's a model HTS548040M9AT00, with P/N #08K0856. I bought an R-Driver brand "USB 2.0 to IDE Cable" adapter to do this (see attachement). I removed the drive from the laptop and connected the adapter to it and the electrical power. I can hear the disk spinning. However, the computer doesn't indicate it has recognized the harddrive; i.e nothing happens. When I go to the file manager (Windows XP), it doesn't show it's connected. Any ideas on how to get this going? Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Hitachi Laptop Harddrive Data Recovery

at first get in the bios of the pc and see if the hard disk is recognized. if is ok, then see if is recognized by windows. if not, check if windows show the drive in the device manager. r-click (on my computer) ->properties -> hardware-> device manager. (under disk drives). if this is ok, the problem is that the drive doesn't have a partition. this is the reason why you don't see it in my computer. if is not recognised even in bios or device manager, then you have a serious problem with the drive... electronic problem, or something burned...
reply again for any news.. good work!

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We have an old sony viao computer running Windows XP (Home ed). It runs safemode's bootstrap for a moment before It gives me a BSOD of UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME, with STOP: 0x000000ED(0x873493A0, 0x000009C, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). The disk also makes a lot of clicking noises whenever it moves, so I'm pretty sure it's failing.

Is there any tools to transfer data from the damaged, unbootable harddrive to an external harddrive?
 

Answer:Harddrive failing, unbootable. want to transfer data

deletesystem32 what you could do is connect this drive as a secondary drive to a desktop and see if it will be detected, from Windows or a live bootable disc. You can also try to connect the drive to a IDE/SATA to USB 2.0 Cable Adapter you can purchase from tigerdirect or newegg, to see if it be detected so you can try and grab the data off. A lot of the times when a drive is inaccessible there isn't a whole lot that you personally won't be able to do with it.
A mechanical failure means that your drive has broken parts that are preventing it from working?busted drives often make a telltale clicking sound as they futilely attempt to access their files. If you hear that, your data may still be there, but you're not getting it back without calling in the experts
 

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Hi all, I have a dead lenovo y560 with all my data due to graphics module failure. I tried accessing the data using an external esata enclosure, but  cannot  access the drives where I stored my data: maybe due to the rapid drive thing.  Need help on the following: 1. Is there a way to know if the hard disk is corrupted? If  not, how to retrieve the data? 2. How much is the mainboard? I cannot find my receipt so I can't register the base warranty   3. Where do you get the fru part number of the mainboard for ordering? ....Any help will be much appreciated.

Answer:re: Access harddrive data???? How to check if it is corrupted?

I am almost certain its the RapidDrive technology in your way... I had an issue where my OS wasn't booting after installing too many updates and drivers at once. I couldn't get into the OS to split the partitions to reinstall. I tried with the Windows 7 disk, but I couldn't access the partitions, they were still joined. When I tried to reinstall on the joined partition, It gave me an error that it couldn't create a system partition. So I tried my XP disk and voila! It was able to see both my SSD and HD, split. So I was able to format the SSD and reinstall with the windows 7 disk. So if I were you, I would try to access the drive from a computer running XP. Maybe something in XP cripples the RapidDrive technology. Or it could be because the driver is made for Win7, so it doesn't load.  

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Hi, I have a failed SATA 80G internal toshiba hard drive. I am trying to recover data on to a different computer by using a connector that connects to the USB drive. When I connect the usb to the computer the hard disk is recognized for a few seconds and before trying to take any actions it goes away. It also looks like the hard disk is running(giving some revolving noise).
Any help is appreciated.
thanks
:cry
 

Answer:Data recovery from a failed Internal Harddrive of a laptop

Hey Oldorchard.
So, just to understand this, you have a Sata 80GB internal HD, and are using a Sata to USB connector to transfer the files?

Do you have all the proper drivers for the USB connector?

Also, is there any knocking noises, or just a nice hum?

Thanks
 

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Hi, Is there any reviews available about 128SSD disks that will come with some models on T410?I really want to know detailed specs about speed and if it supports Windows 7 TRIM? Thanks! Outouser

Answer:ThinkPad T410 with 128SSD harddrive performance data?

Any news about this?  

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I would like to download a free defrag program that will put all the data on the outer edge of the hard disk platter. Does anyone know of any?Thanks!

Answer:I need a Defragger that will put all data to the outer edge of harddrive platter

Why must the data be on the outer edge of the platter?

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I was given very helpful customer service by the dynex representative. I fixed the problem of the harddrive randomly disconnecting.

There are numerous errors relating to permissions as well as the files just not showing. When I first bought to enclosure everything worked perfectly fine.

Then the files stop loading and cut off randomly. They did not load on other computers either. I bought a duplicate and similar enclosure.

The errors arrise from editing the permissions. Before take ownership worked and not it says that the file can not be found yet the harddrive says the data is there.

Answer:External Harddrive not accessing data. Numerous errors.

Basically I am unable to set a new owner.
The drive says my files are there hundreds of GB were taken up. Yet when I highlight all the folders it says only 2gb is there. I do not have permissions for some of the folders and when I try to change ownerships or permissions it says file not found.
I tried using admin command prompt to get the files listed and takeown could not find G: yet I can enter the drive itself.
Everything worked perfectly a while ago and I just did not really need to access the drive at the time.

Some folders I can enter but no files are present. I think only a couple of folders have actual files.

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So I have an issue with my downloads folder. I have a Samsung 830 SSD as my main boot drive. 99% of my data is on a 640gb WD black drive. When I click on my downloads folder, which is stored on the WD drive, it takes a while to build up what is stored in the folder. I tried to click on the index setting for that specific folder, but I haven't found it to really work. Anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:Mechanical data drive taking a long time to show contents in folder

Just an idea . Have you tried a Defrag on the mechanical drive ? I know its disabled on the SSD drive

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Does it do the 'photocopy' type thing like Norton Ghost or does it create an image file that can co-exist with other data on the destination hard drive?
 

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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:
http://www.backup-utility.com/free-backup-software.html

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I was trying to transfer the data from an IDE harddrive to an SATA harddrive using norton ghost 2003. Well everthing was going fine, I had the SATA drive formatted into NTFS and started ghost. When the ghost dos screen came up, the computer froze and wouldn't let me back onto the origginal harddrive. I ended up haveing to format the original IDE drive just to get an operating system back on it. Needless to say the person who's drive i was transfering was not pleased.

Answer:Can you transfer data from an SATA harddrive from an IDE HD using norton ghost 2003?

Any clue as to what caused the error?

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Hey Guys! Is it safe to build a T410 harddrive into a T400 machine in order to save the data that on it? I've heard that there's no risk to the T400 machine and one can use the harddrive, BUT the T400 machine can have different BIOS settings which the harddrive will then adopt, which will make the existing data of the harddrive unreadable. Can somebody confirm or refute this and if there is indeed a risk, how big is it? I'd be super grateful if somebody could help me out here! Thanks in advance!

Answer:Insert T410 Harddrive into T400 machine in order to save Data

Wasever wrote:
Hey Guys!
the T400 machine can have different BIOS settings which the harddrive will then adopt, which will make the existing data of the harddrive unreadable. 

No, I don't think so. 
 
BUT, if you are using Windows you may get a blue screen, that shouldn't make the data per se unreadable, but if the Thinkpad doesn't boot  there's no much data you can copy.
 
Wasever wrote:
 
Is it safe to build a T410 harddrive into a T400 machine in order to save the data that on it?
 

Can you tell us what data you'd like to copy? Is the T410 damaged? Or the installation corrupted? Could you elaborate more on the problem? We may help better with more information
 
Welcome to the forum btw!!
 
 
 

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I have a LaCie 500gb external harddrive that I use to back up my laptop and store large files. It has its own power supply and connects to my computer by USB. The other day I plugged it into the power supply and noticed it wouldnt turn on and there was an electrical burning smell coming from the plug on the harddrive. Is it possible that it is just the plug damaged and my data is still ok? Can I remove the data from the harddrive somehow? Would it be worth trying to get someone to repair it or should I just buy a new one?

I don't know alot about this sort of thing and any help is greatly appreciated!
Thanks
 

Answer:External harddrive not working, burning smell, can I retrive my data or repair it?

Yes Ur Harddisk Is Damaged Nothing will be retrive from It
 

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Hi everyone! New here and this is quite a nice site. My problem stems from my impatience. Have a HP Pavillion a6700f with Vista Home Premium x64 bit. The harddrive crashed which was totally unexpected. No warning whatsoever. I have talked to HP support, which was the most pleasant experience, ahem. They said I have tried all I could do and agreed to send me a new harddrive at no cost along with recovery discs (which I already have). Because I simply do not wish to wait until Thursday to get the drive, I was wondering what would happen if I took my external HD with two partitions and installed it internally, would Vista destroy both partitions during installation and create one new partition? The reason I ask is I have many family movies and pictures on one of them and do not want to lose them, of course. The other partition is about 220gb and has nothing installed. Bottom line, will Vista format the entire drive and remove the partitons resulting in data loss? Or should I just wait until Thursday?

Thanks,
Rodney

Answer:Harddrive crashed unexpectedly. Will reinstalling Vista destroy partitions and thus cause data loss?

Personally, I would wait until you get the replacement drive. If you are worried about data loss, don't take the chance of have something unexpected happen.
Another thing, whenever I had a warranty replacement from HP/Dell etc, it normally comes with 24-48 business hours of calling it in. They may be giving you the worst case scenario, unless you are in the middle of nowhere.

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Hey there forums! My brother has been cleaning up his SSD. And he realized there is something that he can't see on it. There is almost exactly 18GB of this "Mystery Data" on it. And he can't figure out where it is! Could someone here help us out? (And yes, we do have the hidden file option enabled)

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Answer:"Mystery Data" is taking up 18GB of space on my SSD

Install TreeSize Free.
Open Control Panel, Folder Options.
Click on the View tab.
Select or unselect choices as necessary so it looks like this:Click Apply then OK. Start TreeSize Free. Click on Scan and select the drive you want to look at.TreeSize Free will show you where all the space is being used.

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Same physical drive,
C has Windows 98SE & all the apps
D has all the data

C is somehow corrupted - the registry basically,
so Win won't start

It happened when I ran the paid version
of Registry Mechanic.

The MS Tech said I could safely hook
that physical drive to my new system,
as a slave, and of course without booting
from it get the data off of the D partition.

Now PC Tools (Registry Mechanic) has
asked me to go into the corrupted C
partition and retrieve or copy some files
for them so they can try to figure out
what happened to my registry.
(re previous post "Worm in RM)

Any watchouts for either operation?

Thanks!
 

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Hey,
I tried today to take a screenshot, but suddenly on the top of my Screen (where normally "Saving screenshot" appears) there was the notification: Failed taking a screenshot. Yesterday everything was alright.
Any suggestions? I can't post a screenshoot, because...
Nokia Lumia 930, 8.1.1, Cyan, no DP

Answer:Why am I suddenly getting error messages when taking screenshots Failed taking a Screenshot?

Use the old method, take a shot of your screen using a camera or another phone =)
Personally never heard of this before. Could it be due to the lack of storage space?

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I am in the process of "moving into" a new HP Win7 desktop computer and out of a winXP Gateway desktop. I have two 1GB portable drives to use for this process. What is the best freeware to use to transfer the files without copying files I already moved so as to not generate a gazillion duplicate files?? Does that freeware have the ability to have a decision tree to asses whether a particular file is different than the one already there, and how it is different: content change, modified date, ??

Thanks for your help... JDD 20140505
 

Answer:Transferring data files from one harddrive to another without duplicating files

I would use a file synchronisation program for this, such as Microsoft's SyncToy or SyncBack Free. You set up profiles for syncing folders and set the criteria to be used in the decision making process when two files of the same name exist in both source and destination drives. I haven't used SyncToy in many years, but do know it works well, and use SynvBack Free all the time.

SyncToy - http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=15155

SyncBack Free - http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html
 

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my laptop is takig to much time to load when its turned on or even after it is put in sleep mode i had a game that i deleted that made it woked better for one day then it went back doing the same thing it puts the windows screen then a black screen for about 5 to 8 minutes and then after im logged in it will take a while before i can start working on it 

Answer:taking my Hewlett-Packard hp laptop is taking to much time t...

Please provide the model number of the laptop. The numbers you posted are not recognizable to describe your computer. 

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