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Windows 7: [Ask]HDD suddenly inaccessible

19 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
[Ask]HDD suddenly inaccessible

Hello, got some problem here

I've got a WD 1TB NTFS harddisk
When i turn on suddenly it became inaccessible
The before i turn off my PC it's still ok and also i can still copy the content to another HDD
And the problem comes when i turn it on
Before it i delete some unknown files that just keep coming
Got "MS***.tmp" files, not just one but in multiples
and before this I always delete it and it still ok
But now it became inaccessible


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19 Mar 2011   #2

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Run the hard drive test from Western Digital. Do both the Quick and the Full. :)
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19 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate

planning to do that
It is wrong to do the scan with getdataback first?
Alreay got an I/O error at the start, really don't like this error
Actually this is my 2nd 1TB HDD, the first is barely working and got the same error before that thing go wrong
And can I access it like before? Coz, 1TB its pretty rare in my area and the content also pretty important

Want to ask about Internal 1TB HDD, is it bad?
My friends also complaining it has bad sector and cannot be recognize
For me is like to get the I/O error it its data read is also little long comparing to below 1TB Hardrives
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19 Mar 2011   #4

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

If the drive is going bad, anything you do is only going to make it worse. You said your data is important - do you have backups?

If I were in your shoes and thought a drive might be failing I would try backing everything up first, then mess around with drive tests, etc, later.

If the data is critically important and you have the money, don't do anything. Shut the computer down and turn the drive over to a respected data recovery company. Most people decide that their data is not worth what those companies charge, even if it's stuff they would really miss. That is a decision only you can make.
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19 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate

Actually i Have it, don't want something happen like the 1st one
But still to have to buy another 1TB for the 3rd time it still hard 4 me and my money
Lucky the 1st one goes bad after long enough 4 me to bought another one 4 backing up the data
And since this one is suddenly inaccessible i don't have a complete back up data

The drive test is slow, gonna sleep first
Thanks 4 the respond
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20 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate

OK the getdataback can do nothing
Western Digital disk diagnostic shows fail for quick and full
So now what should i do?
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20 Mar 2011   #7

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

The first thing is to decide what your data worth to you. If it's worth more than $500 - $1,000 (it could cost even more) you should send the drive to a reputable data recovery service. If you decide to do that, don't mess around with it at all - just send it to the recovery service. The longer it runs the harder it will be to recover anything.

If not, there are several methods which might work. The first one I'd try is to place the hard drive in a resealable bag and stick it in the freezer for at least a couple of hours. As soon as you take it out, hook it to a computer and see what you can copy to another drive. Don't fool around, because you may only get one chance.

There is also the brute-force method, which is where you start copying data and if you get an error message you just keep hitting "retry" over and over hoping it eventually works just long enough to save some stuff.

Don't even thing about something fancy like trying to copy the whole partition - concentrate on the places where the stuff you can't replace is located, beginning with the most important files first.

In the future, I'd recommend having your data backed up in at least three different places. There is a reason why you never see a hard drive come with a lifetime warranty.
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