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Windows 7: Data Recovery from Hard Disk

23 Nov 2018   #1
bpatters69

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Data Recovery from Hard Disk

Hello All,

My neighbor has an old Dell Laptop with a SATA drive. The computer stopped working and Windows 7 would not load. I tried to fix the OS with the Windows 7 Install disk but I kept getting disk read errors. I took the drive out of the PC and installed it in a USB case. I started Windows on my Desktop and I can see the drive but it sets up as two hard drives. I cannot read any data on either drive but I have tried to run chkdsk which runs but it runs forever. The drive is 750Gb so it is a fairly large drive. I can right click on either of the drive icons and see properties but my desktop will not tell me how much space is used or how big the drive is. I just attached it a moment ago and now my desktop is asking if I want to format it. I also just tried to run chkdsk and now my desktop is saying it cannot access the drive. Sigh.

My neighbor has a tax file on the drive that he wanted me to try to recover. He does not care about the drive or the computer for that matter.

Does anyone have any ideas for how I might be able to read the data on the drive and take off his tax file? Is there a "go to" software or online service that I could use?

Thanks, Bill


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23 Nov 2018   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It depends how important the data is.

There are various programs for data recovery, but it depends how bad the drive is.
This is as good as any, if it finds the data, then you purchase a license to do the recovery. It is less expensive than most.
Active@ File Recovery is a tool for data recovery. LSoft Technologies

If it is really important, there are data recovery specialist - the cheapest I heard of is a company in Canada which charges $300 or nothing if they can't recover the data.

Another possibilty is to use linux boot media - they read drive info differently and can sometimes pick up what windows can't.

You could try parted magic for that
Download Parted Magic - MajorGeeks
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23 Nov 2018   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You should have not interrupted the check disk. Once it begin, never interrupt.

I would say that your disk is dead and the chances to access the tax file are little.
There are companies that are specialized on retrieving data but the cost are very high.
Tell your neighbor that if he had data that he couldn't loose, he should have done a backup.

You can try to boot from a Linux flash. Lubuntu download
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23 Nov 2018   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

In the case of drive problems it is important to decide early on if it is worth the cost of professional recovery. It is possible to literally recover a drive to death. That is repeated recovery attempts can so damage the drive that even professional recovery is no longer possible, or at least not without great cost.

In this case I suspect you are already well on the way to an unrecoverable drive, if that point has not already been reached.

It is so very important to have backups of important files. Data recovery cannot be relied on. And never rely on the drive showing some symptoms or SMART warnings. SSDs usually fail without warning.
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23 Nov 2018   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
In the case of drive problems it is important to decide early on if it is worth the cost of professional recovery. It is possible to literally recover a drive to death. That is repeated recovery attempts can so damage the drive that even professional recovery is no longer possible, or at least not without great cost.

In this case I suspect you are already well on the way to an unrecoverable drive, if that point has not already been reached.

It is so very important to have backups of important files. Data recovery cannot be relied on. And never rely on the drive showing some symptoms or SMART warnings. SSDs usually fail without warning.
Excellent advice!
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26 Nov 2018   #6
bpatters69

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Thanks. Active@ File Recovery was able to rescues all but one file. It was only $29 too.
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26 Nov 2018   #7
bpatters69

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
In the case of drive problems it is important to decide early on if it is worth the cost of professional recovery. It is possible to literally recover a drive to death. That is repeated recovery attempts can so damage the drive that even professional recovery is no longer possible, or at least not without great cost.

In this case I suspect you are already well on the way to an unrecoverable drive, if that point has not already been reached.

It is so very important to have backups of important files. Data recovery cannot be relied on. And never rely on the drive showing some symptoms or SMART warnings. SSDs usually fail without warning.
Agree. I back up my entire OS and Data drive using Acronis.
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26 Nov 2018   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bpatters69 View Post
Thanks. Active@ File Recovery was able to rescues all but one file. It was only $29 too.
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27 Nov 2018   #9
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Please mark this thread as solved.
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