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How to extract data from a corrupt hard drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by feyparislove, Jan 21, 2013.

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  1. feyparislove

    feyparislove Thread Starter

    Jan 21, 2013
    My hp laptop with OS XP crashed and i had no files backed up. I had a new hard drive installed and a new operating system, Vista. It is now working properly. I have my old corrupted hard drive in an enclosure and am trying to connect and extract my files from it. However, when i connect it to my laptop it instantly goes to the blue screen of death Stop error: 0x0000c1f5, and continues to restart the computer over and over again. When it goes to the blue screen it states " collecting data for crash dump... beginning dump of physical memory and dumping physical memory to disk. Then it continues to restart itself over and over again. I disconnect the external hard drive and my laptop starts up normal thankfully. Any advice on how to get the data to show or at least let me see what i have without it restarting itself and going to the BSOD? Thank you all in advance.
  2. Oddba11


    May 12, 2011
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    If the HDD can't be connected to the laptop without causing a crash, there isn't much that you can do. The drive would need to be connected AND properly recognized by the PC before you could attempt data recovery.

    Test with a different PC, but the results likely won't be any different.
  3. raybro


    Apr 26, 2003
    As Oddba11 has said, your drive/data is probably history, but I have one remote possibility for you to give a try. Its worked for me a few times.

    Place the drive inside a plastic bag and leave it in the freezer overnight. Next day, get your computer booted and the external enclosure open and ready to install the drive. Install the drive and connect the USB cable. If the drive appears on My Computer or Windows Explorer, open it and save as much as you can as rapidly as possible (might be a good idea to make a list of what is most important).

    If this works, you likely will have limited time before it warms up and fails.
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