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Windows 7: opinions after HDD failure

13 Jul 2015   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

The reason for using professional data recovery experts first is amateur efforts could accidentally destroy data that may have been otherwise recovered, albeit at great expense. Once a drive starts showing problems the safest thing to do is leave it alone and get to someone who knows what they are doing ASAP (and, from what the OP told us about the outfit he did take the drive to, that outfit does NOT know what they are doing). The owner of the data needing recovery needs to decide if the data is worth the expense that will be incurred, with no guarantees of success, or if it would be better to accept that the data is probably lost anyway and only then try to recover the data on the owner's own. The only way to reasonably ensure that one's data will never be lost (barring highly unlikely scenarios such as an asteroid strike) is to have a solid backup scheme in place. Data recovery after the fact is always iffy at best.

If the drives has errors on it, attempts to image it will usually fail. The errors the OP listed indicate an image is extremely unlikely to succeed.

Yes, it is possible the enclosure damaged the drive or was incompatible. But the drive most likely is damaged since the so called experts the OP took the drive to were also apparently unable to read it.

And finally, do you want to be responsible if the OP loses data due to advice you gave that might have otherwise been recoverable by a pro?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jul 2015   #12

Debian Custom

What you have said nearly repeats what I tried to say, which is the fact that he can either stake the money and send it away, or risk losing data and doing it himself. I contradict what his tech may have said because I doubt he took into consideration certain circumstances. I personally, at this point in time, do not believe the drive is physically damaged and that this is a glitch moment. In fact, I would nearly put money on it. What I suggested was for him to consider his options logically, including the risks, and pursue them properly. What is the point of trying to perform physical repairs when it has not been absolutely determined that it is not some other mundane issue? I would not assume to the same degree, and the pro's you speak of will in fact run a type of diagnoses on the drives functionality before they begin any physical repairs.

When sending it away is not an option due to funds or non interest, the next best option when attempting repairs yourself is to create a disk image and then try to run tests on the drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jul 2015   #13
Microsoft MVP


Exactly which HD Diagnostic was run from boot disk on the hard drive and tells you that it is failed? This is the only way to know with certainty that it has indeed failed.

Otherwise a RAW drive may refer to the file system problems that are recoverable. The first test to try is what GokAy suggested by running Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help

The decision that your data was not important enough to have backed up was made long before this happened. Data which is that important should be backed up in real time using something like Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with OneDrive . At the minimum there should be regularly scheduled Backup User and System Files
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