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Recover data from semi broken hard drive?

Posted on 2012-04-10
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My hadr drive is not working properly, when trying to boot up the computer it crashes (i used  ultimate boot cd and it said it has a hardware issue), so its not dead 100% and i hope there is any way i can recover the data inside, can i?
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by:yawkey13
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Your best bet is to order a IDE to USB cable.  This will allow you to hook the hard drive up as an external hard drive.  You can then browse the files and copy them off the drive if it is not too badly gone.  If that doesn't work, you will need to try some recovery software.  In my experience, as long as the drive isn't clicking or completely dead, you should just be able to copy the files off.

http://www.frys.com/product/5710852?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
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by:motnahp00
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What's the interface type for the HD? If it's a SATA, you can swap the cables on your CD tray and copy the files off like yawkey13 said.
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by:noxcho
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What happened to the drive before it started crashing? This is important to know. Depending on the drive damage type you can use various approaches for data recovery.
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by:shahzoor
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Easiest would be to use Paragon Backup and Recovery Recovery Disk
Create an image of the harddrive
And deploy it to a healthy drive

If you are using Acronis
Then you can create and image of the faulty harddrive
Then Mount that image on your computer
and browse the files
Its highly recommended to backup the faulty drive as soon as possible before it gets worse
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by:nobus
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you can also boot from a live Knoppix cd, and try to copy your data : ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V6.7.0CD-2011-08-01-EN.iso 
does the crash report any errors?
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by:celtician
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ITs an IDE interface (this is the HD model: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fujitsu-100GB-Hard-Drive-HDD-Laptop-IDE-2-5-5400-RPM-Internal-MHU2100AT-/180860593569#ht_2420wt_1396)

Would there be any difference using a live CD to try to read the data from it and save what i need (actually very few things) to an USB drive without the need to buy another cable?

Its an old computer, i don't want to spend any money on it... If i can retrieve the data withou spending any money would be OK, if not, i'll consider it lost, after all its not that all important.

thank you.
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If you are able to use the live CD to boot and can access the harddrive and usb drive, there is no downside to that.  for some reason, i have had better luck using the external connection, but I would definately try the boot disk first if you don't already have the cables.
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by:celtician
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Im on the knoppix live CD, i can "see" the drive ( iguess its the drive, sda2) but i can't explore it, i get the message "Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include the remote aplication did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the repl. the reply timeout expired or the network connection was broken".

Dead?
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by:nobus
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looks like it - you can try to hook it to a working pc -  mind the jumpering for IDE !  - but probably it won't work (interfacing problem
if you need the data - a recovery service is the only way - if you need some links, tell me
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