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A software that can retrieve a dead key from a dead/corrupted hard drive.

Hello Expert,

Does anyone have a software that can retrieve a dead serial key, from a dead hard drive? Is this process possible? Or what other alternate routes can I go for this type of process?

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rindiCommented:
What do you mean with dead serial key, what type of key and for what product would that key be? And, what do you mean with a dead hard disk? How "dead" is it? Can it be seen via the BIOS? is it accessible when connected to another PC as a 2nd HD?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Dead serial key is some key for software?
There are lots of tools for data recovery but we need to know if the drive spins if the drive is seen in BIOS.
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rindiCommented:
mpcariaga,

May I ask you why you have accepted my post above as the answer to this Question? I haven't posted any solution yet, I rather asked for more details of your problem as you didn't give us enough info.

You should not accept any useless post as an answer on this site, as this won't help any future readers who are looking for answers. You should rather return to your Questions and give us the additional info we need, or if in the meantime you don't require the answer to your Q anymore, ask for it to be deleted with the reason for that (use the "Request Attention" button for).

I will ask for this to be reopened so it can be properly closed or resolved.
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mpcariagaAuthor Commented:
yes dead serial keys?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Please extend your question. It is not quite easy to get what you mean by dead serial key.
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rindiCommented:
Could you please answer our earlier Questions, like is the drive seen in the BIOS, how "dead" is it? Can you browse the file-system on the HD if it is connected as a 2nd disk to another PC, or if you boot the PC with a LiveCD, like partedmagic or the ubcd4win? If browsing the file-system is possible, then you can use a utility like SIW (this is included on the ubcd4win), and with that you can extract the product keys of installed software, provided that part of the registry on the HD is still fine.

http://partedmagic.com/
http://ubcd4win.com
http://gtopala.com

If the file-system can't be browsed, then you can try scanning it using getdataback (with the bad HD connected to another PC), and if that tool can see your folder and file structure, register it so you can copy all to a new HD. After that again use SIW to try to extract the keys.

http://runtime.org/

If the above tools don't help, the disk is probably worse off, and then you only have a chance with a recovery agency, but that is likely going to be more expensive than buying the software again for which the keys are needed, or look for an equivalent opensource software.
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