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Windows 7: My Toshbia Harddrive died. How can I get the data back?

04 Oct 2010   #11
belikexp

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I use clonezilla Clonezilla to clone my drives to backups. Takes about an hour to do 320gigs.


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04 Oct 2010   #12
pat247

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Go to toshiba dot com, plug in the serial # for the laptop and if found you can purchase backup CD/DVD of the laptop. I repaired a toshiba laptop for a friend using this method and was able to restore the laptop to factory new.
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04 Oct 2010   #13
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RATEDRKO View Post
My toshiba harddrive died after a few months of receiving it. I got it for Christmas last year. The original harddrive died in June and was replaced with a new one within two weeks. In September the new harddrive crashed and died. I took it to a local shop to get the data, but they were unable to get the data.

I really need this data back. It has a lot of important files. What can I do to get the data?
Several things:
1. As pointed out, sending the hdd off to a company which provides the data recovery service is expensive. To pay $1000 and more is to be expected.


2. Try this: but I make no guarantees-- put the hdd into a ziplock bag. Put into the refrigerator. Leave there for at least 8 hours (some say to put into the freezer compartment). Remove and immediately connect and try to use. If it works, wonderful. If it doesn't nothing lost except for a little time.

3. Use the best backup and restore software for Windows 7, namely, Win 7 Backup and Restore. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

4. Since no doubt, you will have questions on other matters at some point in time, please complete your system specs so that we can better help you.



HOW TO FILL OUT YOUR SYSTEM SPECS


In the line at the top of www.SevenForums.com you will see UserCP.
That is an abbreviation for User Control Panel.
Click on UserCP.
In the left-hand column, under Your Profile you will see Edit System Spec.
Click on Edit System Spec
You can copy and paste from the output of Speccy, Speccy - System Information - Free Download to fill out much of the info. Be sure to use the Other Info section of your System Specs for such info as your optical drive, your wireless adapter, your speakers, etc.


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04 Oct 2010   #14
ukgovsucks

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This may sound daft, but I had a 1Tb Samsung SATA Drive go a knacker last year and I too had some data that I did not back up. (Learnt my lesson since! lol). However what I did was remove the board from underneath another hard drive of the same make/model/size and temporarily swapped it with the knackered drives board. Hooked everything up, and ta daaa, it worked! Got all my data off it then put the board back to the original drive.

Might be worth a go if you are really that desperate. You could see if you can get a faulty drive off ebay for dirt cheap and take a gamble that their drive don't have the same fault? I'm not guaranteeing anything here, but it worked for me!
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04 Oct 2010   #15
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ukgovsucks View Post
This may sound daft, but I had a 1Tb Samsung SATA Drive go a knacker last year and I too had some data that I did not back up. (Learnt my lesson since! lol). However what I did was remove the board from underneath another hard drive of the same make/model/size and temporarily swapped it with the knackered drives board. Hooked everything up, and ta daaa, it worked! Got all my data off it then put the board back to the original drive.

Might be worth a go if you are really that desperate. You could see if you can get a faulty drive off ebay for dirt cheap and take a gamble that their drive don't have the same fault? I'm not guaranteeing anything here, but it worked for me!
Good idea. But does this control board actually affect the disk spinning up?
Is the Fix-it man giving the OP the correct info when he says the disk won't spin up - Can you actually hear the disk spinning?
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04 Oct 2010   #16
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Well, a bad board could not spin the disk up. Again, this is an inexpensive suggestion that might have the solution to your problem.

I would try:
  • Booting from CD and attempting to pull your info.
  • Swapping the boards if you feel you can
  • Data recovery.
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04 Oct 2010   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
Well, a bad board could not spin the disk up. Again, this is an inexpensive suggestion that might have the solution to your problem.

I would try:
  • Booting from CD and attempting to pull your info.
  • Swapping the boards if you feel you can
  • Data recovery.
Read all the thread
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04 Oct 2010   #18
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

I know all those were suggested, but an organised list sometimes helps me out.
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04 Oct 2010   #19
ukgovsucks

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ukgovsucks View Post
This may sound daft, but I had a 1Tb Samsung SATA Drive go a knacker last year and I too had some data that I did not back up. (Learnt my lesson since! lol). However what I did was remove the board from underneath another hard drive of the same make/model/size and temporarily swapped it with the knackered drives board. Hooked everything up, and ta daaa, it worked! Got all my data off it then put the board back to the original drive.

Might be worth a go if you are really that desperate. You could see if you can get a faulty drive off ebay for dirt cheap and take a gamble that their drive don't have the same fault? I'm not guaranteeing anything here, but it worked for me!
Good idea. But does this control board actually affect the disk spinning up?
Is the Fix-it man giving the OP the correct info when he says the disk won't spin up - Can you actually hear the disk spinning?
I suppose it depends on the fault.
My dodgy drive didn't spin, in fact it was stone cold too. So as far as I was concerned at the time it was dead! But as I was so desperate for the data I just tried what I previously said and it happened to work. lol.
Hey, anything is worth a go, as long as you don't gamble with too much money.
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