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Data recovery from crashed drive

Posted on 2007-03-28
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This past weekend my hard drive crashed. I don't have any backup of the data that is on the drive. Is there any way to retrieve/recover my data?
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If you can connect the drive to another PC with windows on it, and the drive still is functional, you can use getdataback to scan the drive and if that software sees any of your data, you can register it and copy the data to another drive. If on the other hand the disk isn't functional, you are unlikely to be able to recover the data yourself. If that is the case it is best to google for a recovery agency in your area or to look at gillware, which is one of the best such companies.

http://runtime.org

http://www.gillware.com/
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by:KCTS
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You can try taking the drive and configuring it as a second drive in another computer, With a bit of luck you will be able to recover most of the data on it, though it it is an NFTS drive you may have to take ownership of the folders first.

You may fins that some files/folders are unreadable. If so you could try a specialist program which will attempt to recover. OnTrack for example produce EasyRecoveryPro the trial version of which will tell you if it can restore lost data but you have to buy the real thing to actually do it.
Alternatively there are a number of specialist data recovery specialsts that will attempt to recover data for you. Unfortunately recovery software and services tend to be expensive
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by:Paul S
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Slave the hard drive to another Windows XP computer. Then use this free software to recover data:

http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/uk/download.htm
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by:veedar
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A free (Linux) option where you do not need to open your computer case, is to download and burn a Knoppix bootable CD.  It has many many uses among them data recovery...  http://www.knoppix.org/

There are two utilities on the CD TestDisk and PhotoRec that will recover your data.
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by:srinims
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if it is fat or fat32, get use of norton disk doctor tool...
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by:Berghammer
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I hooked the drive up to another computer & when I started it up all the computer did was make a clicking noise. It did not allow me to boot at all.
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by:rindi
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If the drive is clicking, then your best option is to send it to a recovery agency.
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by:Paul S
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I agree with rindi! If you are willing to spend some money, then find some data recovery professionals. Noises coming from the hard drive always indicates a more advanced failure.
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