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How do I retrieve data from a damaged hard drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by eddiebrock, Feb 9, 2007.

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  1. eddiebrock

    eddiebrock Thread Starter

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    I was running a defrag program on a hard drive and accidentally copied some data to the hard drive at the same time. My computer completely froze before I had a chance to cancel it.

    When I tried to turn my computer it wouldn't restart and just froze on the loading Windows 2000 screen after 8 bars showed up. I unplugged the hard drive and was surprised that the computer then started up fine. The reason I was surprised is the OS is not on that hard drive.

    I then powered up my computer and plugged in the damaged hard drive to an external device so it shows up as an external drive. When I go to it I see it as having nothing at all (0 bytes free and 0 total).

    What should my next step be in the morning? Should I run disk check, defrag, or anything else first? Or should I run a disc recovery program first?

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  2. Whiteym

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    first of all i would not touch the damaged hdd at all. and i would recommend taking it 2 a specialist. as the file table on the drive is probably damaged in some way, so the data is still there its just the references are gone. a techy could prob fix it in a day and recover most if not all of your data. but most importantly do NOT do ANYTHING to that drive, if you attempt to format the drive, activate it, partition, it defrag it, anything you will lose data

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  3. eddiebrock

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    Where would I find a specialist? I have a program called "Easy Recovery Professional", is that the same type of program they would use?
     
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