Recover Data from bad Hard Drive?

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BTMS_RIO

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The hard drive is made by a company called "BSE Data Storage" 40 gigabyte IDE. When i try to boot to it, it says S.M.A.R.T Command Failed.

Not sure on jumper settings but when i boot to slave (guessing with jumpers although pretty sure it is correct), windows detects the drive in the device manager but no where else.

I want to extract a few imporant files off the hard drive.

The hard drive makes no ticking or scratching noises, other than the normal noise it should make.

This occured when i was trying to install a printer driver, other than that computer ran fine.

Im running Win XP on the computer and the bad hard drive.

Please Help.

Thanks,
Rio
 
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Couple of suggestions:
1. Disable S.M.A.R.T feature in BIOS ( this was u "fool" windoze and it might let you access it )
2. I assume that you can't "see" the drive in windows explorer. Have you tried computer management feature ( in administrative tools) and if you are able to access it that way?
3. Still in computer management , might wanna try a error correction ( aka scandisk ) and see if windows will mark the "bad" sectors but let you access it.
4. Try hooking up the drive as an "external" drive ( via USB ). Again windows might let u access it
5. If all the above fail, well there are always Data Recovery companies ( not cheap at all, but if the files are important well.. )
HTH
 

BTMS_RIO

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I used a disk recovery tool spinrite and windows now detects it, but says it must be formatted. It says the disk is 100% free though. Does this mean the data is lost forever?
 
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Not exactly. Data is still there, windoze just doesn't "see it". Basically you'll need some sort of data retrival/recovery program.
There are quite a few unfortunatelly none of them free ( as far as i know ). So i guess it boils down how much you can afford ( or if the data is important ).
To get u started with data retrival/recovery progams check out this links
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=data+recovery+programs&btnG=Google+Search
HTH
 
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Wow...that TestDisk program looks like a winner...hope I never need it, but will investigate it just the same!

Thanks for the Link!!!
 
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