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Windows 7: Need help to recover files from a "dead" harddrive

09 Feb 2015   #1
haakelv

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Need help to recover files from a "dead" harddrive

So my brother dropped his computer to the ground, and now it is not working properly.
I started windows in repair mode, but the computer freezes like this https://imgur.com/Pq1ncSs, but without the repair box.
I was wondering if it is possible to recover some of the files and stuff on the HD, when the computer is unable to boot.
I have taken out the harddrive from my brother's computer, and put it in to my own computer. When i did that, my own computer asked me if i wanted to run a disk-controll or something like that. After it finished, the computer has freezed like this: Imgur
The text at the bottom says: Controll of usn log complete. It has been like that for almost half an hour now, and i am not sure of what to do.
Answers are much appreciated.


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10 Feb 2015   #2
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hello haakelv!

What kind of drive is it that your brother has? Brand and model?

The disk controller is plainly said a chip that controls a drive depending on its type – IDE, SCSI etc. It enables the CPU to “communicate” with the HDD.
The USN Journal is connected with the NTFS format and it maintains a record of changes which were made to the volume.

From what I understand by dropping his PC, your brother broke his hard drive's disk controller which nowadays is integrated in the hard drive itself, and evidently inserting the drive in to your system led to a USN Journal scan, which (if I am translating correctly) CHKDSK has checked the USN log, has repaired the USN Journal data flow and completed. But the system has hanged.

In my opinion the drive is too damaged to load, the disk controller is most likely broken, thus the drive can't communicate with the system on a healthy level.

You could plug the drive out, restart your system, plug in the drive again, go in to BIOS to make sure your own disk is at first booting position and see if you could load into your OS and open the drive through My Computer, but I doubt it would work.

You'll have to use a data recovery software or company if you need anything from the drive.

Good luck!

CK_WD
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10 Feb 2015   #3
haakelv

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi,

Thanks for the answer!
I actually managed to open the drive and access all of the files on the harddrive, through my computer.
Right now I am browsing the web for new harddrives, but as I wrote, i have recovered all the important files
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10 Feb 2015   #4
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I am glad to hear that!
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