recovery of bad hard drive - reads not formated.

Posted on 2010-01-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a HDD that crashed and will not boot. It shows that the hard drive is not formated when you boot from an XP install CD. I can not see it at all in disk management in XP. I have tried using a recovery program, Active Partition Recovery, and it can not pick up the disk as valid.

Anyone have any ideas? I realize that most likely it is fried, but here is hoping.
Question by:ryan80
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    Accepted Solution

    Try getdataback from - free demo of what it could recover, but costs to actually do it. Good tho...
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    Expert Comment

    well, it happens with me once,
    Try to format the drive, then use one of the programs (of recovery) to perform Format Recovery
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    Author Comment

    thanks tyring now.
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    Assisted Solution

    Give this one a try too.

    Online documentation:

    Ran this step by step to recover a partition which no other tool was able to do:

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    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks, this worked for some of the data.

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