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Hard Drive with very important data has failed

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  1. Speakersrock

    Speakersrock Thread Starter

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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
     
  2. Chris A

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    Are you sure your drive is the problem??? Before you screw up the drive install it as a slave in another computer and save the data..
     
  3. Speakersrock

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    Sorry I forgot to mention.
    As far as I can see, windows won't recigonise it. It just doesn't show up. - And I don't think i put it in wrong!

    Prehaps I'll give it another try!
     
  4. Chris A

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    That is not good at all!!! I have never been able to recover anything off a disk that is that bad.. I have heard rumors of freezing and smacking a drive real hard but neither have worked for me... Drop kicking one down the street or tossing it in a river has never helped either. Perhaps some one else has better answers for you good luck.
     
  5. Speakersrock

    Speakersrock Thread Starter

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    Humm..I have develpod a new plan.
    I am trying to fix another drive now so I can get my main comp atleast working again, even if it is without the data!

    Then I am going to try and see if I an get onto the drive from yet another computer, and if still no luck I will leave the HDDRegen to run again. If that still sticks, or doesn't work, I will then try freezeing and maybe a lil' kicking!

    However in the mean time, before I get around to compleatly demolising it, can anyone please shead a little bit more light on this!....I so need that data back! - or thats my company bust as well!!!


    Thanks for the help Chris A.
     
  6. Speakersrock

    Speakersrock Thread Starter

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    Just reporting into say I thinki've upgraded the drvie's condition to alive!

    Joking aside....It is now showing up in my computer, But windows says it is unformatted. - and wants to format it.


    Doesn't fomatting delete everything on there?
    What can I do?
    Please help!!
     
  7. Speakersrock

    Speakersrock Thread Starter

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    Ok, just a little update,
    HDDRegen is now running ok (i think) and imidiantly found 2 bad sectors.
    So I will leave this runnig...in advanced, incase it doesn't work, please can anyone sugest anything else?
     
  8. brite750

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    if its real important stuff you may have to hire a recover service, the more you mess with it the more chance the info will be lost or cost that much more to recover so my advise is to stop messing with it and call a professional.
     
  9. brite750

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    if you are lucky maybe the controller card mounted to the drive has failed and they can replace and recover that way, otherwise drive may have to be dissasmbled in a clean room, not a DIY project
     
  10. Speakersrock

    Speakersrock Thread Starter

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    Yjesh..I was wondering about the controller and everything. I have learend a bit about assembiling them before. I seen people take them apart and swap to other one - cus it spins up find and all that! :confused::(

    -Thanks for help and advice anyway!
     
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