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Windows 7: Can i get files from a failed HDD?

18 Apr 2012   #1
praeambulus

Windows 7
 
 
Can i get files from a failed HDD?

yeah.i've used this hdd for about 4 years..i knew it's gonna fail..now my pc doesnt see it..is there any chance that i can get files from it?

thanx


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18 Apr 2012   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Depends. If the data is "live and death" and you take it to a professional service you probably can recover some data.

If there isnt then your odds drop.
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18 Apr 2012   #3
praeambulus

Windows 7
 
 

live and death? what does it mean?

can i do it myself? because our 'professionals' suck
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18 Apr 2012   #4
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Do you see the drive when you open Disk Management?

If not, check to see if it shows up in the BIOS.
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18 Apr 2012   #5
praeambulus

Windows 7
 
 

no i dont...ok.ill check the bios
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18 Apr 2012   #6
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, hopefully you've already got all of the data on there copied to other media. If you have, go ahead and run any HD tests that are provided by your BIOS.
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18 Apr 2012   #7
cyclic

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Life or death, if the data so severely critical that you cannot live without it.
Send to recovery experts is very good, but you need a seriously insane amount of money.

If you check all the connections for the drive, power and data at the drive end and the motherboard end (for data) and it still won't spin up.

You can check the drives power up an connection status by adding to another working PC, if it can be read, you can recover your data.
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18 Apr 2012   #8
praeambulus

Windows 7
 
 

no i havent copied the data..well.it is not important..but would be great if get the files back..

how to run the hd tests?
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18 Apr 2012   #9
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyclic View Post
... You can check the drives power up an connection status by adding to another working PC, if it can be read, you can recover your data.
Not necessary to do that immediately.

OP can try to access the hard drive by running a linux distro Live CD.

Many recommend UBUNTU, but I feel Lucid Puppy (which is also ubuntu-based but light) is more easier. (atleast I felt so, with almost nil Linux exposure.With Ubuntu the learning curve may be a little bit steeper, though tutorials on the how-to are available on the net.)

My hands-on trial here Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer
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