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Windows 7: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS

23 Jul 2016   #190
Runatir

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Oh I forgot to note that, yes its for win7 drive


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23 Jul 2016   #191
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

You will likely still to need to try it out as if it was an 8 or newer drive due to the security updates since that have come for 7. If the 7 install there had been password protected a similar secured state where Windows locked everything might have been seen in a different form which could explain the problem as well.

If this is drive on a system that suddenly went DOA on you it could also be possible the drive itself is where the problem was! That would also explain why any live data recovery attempts would fail. Slaving the drive internally on another system would seem to be the best option for either confirm or rule out that being a problem where you could run tests on the drive itself.

Here I had one drive later found to be in perfect working order one of two main storage/backup drives suddenly hard to access but fortunately as it turned out not one of the OS drives. Once out in an enclosure it worked like new! And there are then times when trying to get an MS volume mounted in another OS or trying to get a Linux volume mounted with Paragon's Ext5 for Windows app will seem impossible as well.

Here I keep a few self powered hard case type enclosures with on/off switch for spare drives or for simply finding out the status of any drive good or bad. I can toss in an old ide as well as Sata I, II, or 3 if not an SSD for trying a drive out. Those can come in very handy at times!
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