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Crashed Harddrive

I have two laptops with crashed hardrives.  How do I go about, without taking it to a third party shop, obtain the information off the harddrives?  I am wanting to learn this for myself as well but this is work related.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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PUNKYCommented:
You need some adapter link the link below to hook up the drive on desktop system, then access the drive and copy data off.

http://www.datapro.net/products/laptop-ide-hard-drive-adaptor.html

Or casing the drive into usb 2.5 closure.
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lpetrowiczAuthor Commented:
The adaptor information is quite helpful but how do I recover the data if the harddrive is crashed.  I need a program, correct?
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PUNKYCommented:
Try that first see if you can access the drive, if you can then no further tool needed. If not, you might try knoppix: http://www.knoppix.org/

Download and create bootable CD, then boot system from there and try access the drive and copy data off.
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lpetrowiczAuthor Commented:
Are you familiar with Ultimate Boot Disk and if so, can you use it?
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MarkCommented:
The key is to see if the drives are accessible as PUNKY has said. If the knoppix cd  will allow you to peruse the files and remove them to an external or network drive then you are in luck and can do this yourself. If the knoppix cd can't see the hard drives files then it will possibly mean using a company like Gillware http://www.gillware.com/
to recover your data from the hard drive.
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PUNKYCommented:
Yes, if you want to use UBCD that is just fine. But if you come to that and still can not get accessing to the drive, then you will have to go with Sparkmaker's suggestion and that costs some money. Make sure your data worth that.
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MarkCommented:
Perhaps you can expand on what you mean when you say -->"crashed hard drives"
Are there any symptoms that are apparent that the hard drives are dead, or are you receiving an error message of some kind.
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arthurjbCommented:
It doesn't seem to have been made clear, that your chances of recovering both drives are not very high.

In many cases a laptop drive that crashes to the point that it will no longer boot, will not be recoverable.

The adapter will help to determine the viability of the drives, although I would suggest this adapter;
http://www.datapro.net/products/laptop-hard-drive-external-enclosure.html

since it will allow you to connect the laptop drive to a computer usb port, without rebooting or any internal work.  (The one suggested by PUNKY would need to be used with a desktop computer, and would require the removal of the case and rebooting of the machine.)  


Getting the data could be as easy as just plugging it into the adapter and copying the data from the laptop drive to your other computer.  

If you cannot read the drives using the adapter, your recovery chances are much lower, and you should then be looking at recovery software.  But, it is possible that the data is unrecoverable, on your own.

If the data is really, really important, then you should think about a recovery service.  Remember that the more you mess with the drive, the lower your chances of any data recovery.

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ridCommented:
While a USB-connected adapter is very handy, it doesn't allow diagnostics to be used that work on a low level or require booting to "DOS" or similar for the testing procedure. It also doesn't give the opportunity to see if the drive is recognized by computer BIOS or not, whick can be an interesting piece of information in the troubleshooting process.
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