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Windows 7: URGENT HELP NEEDED -possible bad hard drive (XP) and windows 7


29 Jul 2010   #1

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URGENT HELP NEEDED -possible bad hard drive (XP) and windows 7

Hey guys, need some quick help here.

I have a work laptop with a 2.5 HDD with XP installed on it. When I try to boot it up I get the BSOD with "unmountable boot disk" or something like that (0x000000ED)

Anyways before I send this in to our IT guy at work i want to try to get some important files off it.

I just picked up a USB 3.0 external drive enclosure (my home PC is windows 7 USB 3.0). I then connected my 2.5 work laptop drive to this enclosure then plugged into my Windows 7 home machine.

Shouldnt I be able to read and pull some folders files off this drive onto my home machine for backup purposes?

Is there a program that I need to read from this drive (providing its not completely crapped out) because I have an OS on it XP that is? SOmething like some sort of drive explorer or something? Im in a huge panic, so it doesnt help that im not completely thinking straight either...

It my computer, my home machine is seeing the attached drive, but kind of hanging when I try to explore or open up the drive in question....

any quick thoughts or help is HUGELY appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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29 Jul 2010   #2

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29 Jul 2010   #3

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when do you get the bluescreen? are you able to boot with your windows cd and perform a chkdsk in recovery console? (basically getting windows to check your disc for errors)

chkdsk c: for example if your disk (hard drive is letered as a c drive) if it finds errors chkdsk /f to fix errors

edit

ha ha im not copying promise
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29 Jul 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

If the drive is physically damaged, then no, the data is not retrievable.

You can try Unstoppable Copier, but if this fails, then most likely the HDD is damaged.
You can also try a Ubuntu Live CD, download Ubuntu and burn it to disk, boot from the CD and choose the right option to boot to it, not install it and try accessing it from there.

Other than that, a Data Recovery service might be able to get it, but can get very expensive and there are no guarantees.

Yes you can also try a chkdsk

Backups are essential.

2 groups of people in the world, those you have lost data and those who will lose data.
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29 Jul 2010   #5

Windows7 Ultimate x64
 
 

EEK. I thought that there would still be a way to mount the drive through my Windows 7 machine and view some files on the disk.
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29 Jul 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sdmfer View Post
EEK. I thought that there would still be a way to mount the drive through my Windows 7 machine and view some files on the disk.
Well, try the chkdsk, at this point it can't hurt, although I might try Ubuntu first because, Linux can handle a drive like this a little better than Windows can. Not completely sure why, but I have me theories. Anyway, if none of that works, then nothing will.
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29 Jul 2010   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sdmfer View Post
EEK. I thought that there would still be a way to mount the drive through my Windows 7 machine and view some files on the disk.
Run check disk first
Disk Check

Hopefully you can.
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29 Jul 2010   #8

Windows7 Ultimate x64
 
 

this may sound dumb, but can i run disk check (above) only on this bad drive while it is connected to my Windows 7 machine?

remember,
bad disk with XP loaded which is from my work laptop
mounted via USB 3.0 enclosure through my Windows 7 home PC
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29 Jul 2010   #9

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Yes, just type the right drive letter.
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29 Jul 2010   #10

Windows7 Ultimate x64
 
 

no workie just sits there doing nothing. tried running from cmd prompt and from right clicking properties etc. am I fubarred?

appreciate everyones fast help thus far
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