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How do I get data off an old hard disk drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Faz4002197, May 31, 2019.

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  1. Faz4002197

    Faz4002197 Thread Starter

    May 31, 2019
    Hello I’m not sure you can help but i hope you can. So basically I have an hard disk drive that i took out of an old computer because i think it stopped working which was ages ago. I now have this hard disk drive which i really want to see the data on which is family pictures and videos. I have purchased things to try and view the data on a laptop like a docking station and an adapter but still i couldn’t see anything. I really don’t know what to do because i keep getting my hopes up thinking the next thing i buy will work but it doesn’t. I just want to know what i need to do or even buy to be able to see the data so i can move the pictures and videos onto something like an SD card. I just don’t want the drive to collect dust and become so old that it doesn’t work at all.
  2. texasbullet


    Jun 11, 2014
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    Is it a laptop or desktop HDD?

    If you tried everything possible and it didn't work, then your HDD is already dead.
    If you want your data you may try sending it to a data recovery for a fee. The minimum amount I have seen is $300.00 dollars.
  3. Oddba11


    May 12, 2011
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    It's simply a matter of connecting the drive and browsing the contents.

    Is the drive recognized by Windows Drive Manager? If not, there is an issue with the drive or the dock. If it is recognized, what is the status?
  4. plodr


    Jun 27, 2014
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    If it stopped working and has been sitting around for, as you said, ages, it won't magically start working again.
    If is doesn't spin up and is not seen, no enclosure or adapter will allow the contents to be seen when hooked up to another computer.
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