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Harddisks that are not detectable how can we retrieve data.

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Harddisks that are not detectable how can we retrieve data.
If not possible by us then who can do it and how do they manage doing it?

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Sharath
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by:Casey Herman
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Who is the manufacturer of the drives?  What type of drive ie: scsi sata?
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by:mrroonie
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what OS are you using to try and detect them? have you tried another PC?
what file system is on the hard drives?
what have you tried so far to detect the hard drives?

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by:bsharath
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Its a wester digital drive
I tried in Win Xp and Win 2003
Yes i have tried in multiple systems
NTFS file system
I have used unbutu,Knopix,Win pe,ulimate boot to check if they detect from those softwares
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by:bsharath
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Its a wester digital drive
I tried in Win Xp and Win 2003
Yes i have tried in multiple systems
NTFS file system
I have used unbutu,Knopix,Win pe,ulimate boot to check if they detect from those softwares
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by:mrroonie
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it may need a drive letter assigning (altough i doubt it on multiple systems) - can you see the drive in disk management?
have you tried fitting it to a usb disk caddy to see if you can access that way?
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by:1nmisri
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A business partner of mine used
http://www.drivesavers.com/?gclid=CJj7pqX2_ZMCFQsiIgodGEpwWg
when his Dell laptop crashed. It was a little pricey, but they had the data back to him in a week
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by:Mark
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Gillware is a veryaffordable solution http://www.gillware.com/
Their FAQ section may help answer how they do it.
http://www.gillware.com/FAQ.php
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michko earned 200 total points
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You could try building a Knoppix disk (www.knoppix.org), booting from that, and see if it will recognize the drive.  Knoppix (and other Linux builds) are often able to recognize a drive even when Windows won't.

If no go there, then I'd second sparkmaker's suggestion of Gillware.  I've used them in the past, they're good, affordable, and if they can't retrieve any data (which is rare), they don't charge.

michko
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