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Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data!

Q: Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data!

Hello everyone I recently needed to to Drive Hard Data! Need Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Recover - boot to the Command Prompt on my Windows HP Laptop I used the Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data! recovery disks I made thinking I could access the CMD from there like I had read online Not finding anything at the main recovery menu screen I clicked on System Reset Restore to attempt to get to CMD from there Ive done a full factory reset times in the past so I didnt plan to actually format my Hard Drive while trying to boot to CMD However I clicked the next button Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data! one to many times and without much warning System Restore started to format my main HD I held the power button down to force shut down the computer and stop formatting but I knew damage had already been done I would assume that the formatting I did just erased the file system necessarily to access the actual information without actually erasing much of my files I took the HD out of my laptop and put it Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data! into an external enclosure attempting to access the info from another computer the drive shows up but there is no size for it and when opening it it requires another format before it can be viewed If I boot my laptop with the damaged drive in it it will say quot error loading operating system quot so it des recognize that the drive has an OS installed on it Is there any way to recover the files on the HD Im not sure how the file system itself works but it seems like it would be possible to write a file system back onto the HD without destroying its contents Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks nbsp

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Preferred Solution: Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data!

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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A: Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data!

Are you positive that it was "formatting"? There isn't usually a format when using the recovery partition for recovery, or the recovery disks. Did it actually say "formatting"?

I suppose it doesn't much matter because even if it had started to restore the disk image, the results would have been almost the same.

About all you can do is scan with recovery software and see if anything remains. You really should try that before messing with the file system or partitions in case all ends up lost.

Files that are not backed up are files you should expect to lose.

The trouble is that anything that would try to "rebuild" what was on the disk would need to include the data that is no longer present to create accurate structures, like an MFT or boot record. But try everything.


Using TestDisk To Repair Corrupted MFT, Repair NTFS Boot Sector (or build a new one if both are corrupted), Or Create Or Restore Boot Sector Backups.

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Sometimes, yes

Depends on the corruption cause as to mechanical or electronic.
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A:What to do if the hard disk is formatted and we need to recover the data?

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helstonian said:

Had to re-format hard drive after using a free utility to clean free space on my hard drive. After cleaning system would not boot, got message "New Technology Loader" missing. Dell techs advised me to re-format hard drive and reinstall OS (XP Pro). Did so and of course lost everything including photos of my now departed mother-in-law. I'm in big trouble if I can't get these photos back! Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.Click to expand...

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In the meantime, don't use it so as to avoid overwriting the files anymore than they already are.
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A:Is there any way to recover data from this hard drive?!

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Do a "recovery" search on the forum, this subject came up recently.
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A:Help! need to recover data from formatted disk

It would endanger any remaining data to try to change the file system yet again. Chances are you may have lost the data the first time.

Try scanning the drives with these programs. Look under the "Others" menu in Restoration and choose "Scan All Clusters". These are free and good and will give a good idea if anything remains of your files (if they allow access to an Ext2FS file system from Windows---I don't know).
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A:Recover Crashed Hard Drive Data???

Well it depends on what went wrong with it. IF the drive is totally dead - ie does not spin up then there is no software to recover the data - you would need to replace the circuit board or electronics in the drive. If the heads are continually crashing then the same thing goes. If it just has bad sectors or Windows is messed up then you may be able to just copy the data off or use Spinrite.

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A:Recover data on unpartitioned hard drive

"I can see that all the data is physicly still on the drive"
How do you see this?

Try some partition recovery programs:

Partition Repair:

<--(Bootable floppy image)

or file recovery:
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A:Trying to recover data from crashed hard drive

Hi techmichellenot. When you say it stopped working,is there anything on the screen when you power up, or any indication that the system passed it's POST procedure (Power On Self Test), usually indicated by a beep before Windows itself tries to boot up?. Any error messages seen?. Sounds like you put the drive in an external case that can connect via USB. If there is indeed a problem with the disk drive and it's not a physical problem with the drive (maybe a corrupted Windows boot file,etc),your system may have a Recovery procedure that will reinstall your OS without erasing your data files (called a non destructive OS reinstall) as opposed to a destructive which erases everything and reinstalls the OS. I would check your documentation to see if your laptop has such a procedure.
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It sounds like you're done with that drive. I guess you will need to use your backups.

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The hard drive in your computer is in one of two states right now. It's
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A:Want to recover data from crashed hard drive

Hi Bobby and welcome to TSG.

If the hard drive is not getting detected by the computer BIOS at power up, then it is probably beyond any kind of inexpensive do-it-yourself solution.

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A:Recover data from hard drive (win 7) using desktop with XP?

Hi speedracer993,
Welcome to Seven Forums.

There should be no issues in slaving the drive in an XP machine, you will then be able to access your data.
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No guarantee that you'll be able to recover your data. Depends on the size of the HDD, it might take a while for the programs to scan it. Be patient.

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Welcome to TechSpot

Have you tried the IBM utilities in the Sticky at the top of this forum?

Surf to and check out their utils. They also have a TuffTest-Lite for free to try. It creates a bootup-floppy which will then disect your system and its components.

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Here's the rule of thumb I've seen.

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Thanks Prett!
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He most likely can....BUT... itll cost ALOT of money. The hard drive will most likely have to be shipped to a professional with a dust free environment where he will open the drive and pull info from it.

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A:Trying to recover some data from bad hard drive using usb to sata enclosure

With that amount of problems
Also, showed that I had tons of bad blocks or sectors, somewhere near 20,000.Click to expand...

recovery of anything is unlikely
see if you can access it from a cmd prompt with admin rights, change the prompt to E:
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Hi zaphenomenalone and welcome to TSG.

Does the hard drive show up in the Bios ? Does it show up in Disk Management ?

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try getting your hands on a 'live cd' like Ubuntu or something.

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Welcome to TSG
A gal that has call in radio show here in the states (also on armed forces radio) says that sometimes if one will put the HD in a ziplock bag in the freezer for 24-48 hours they are able to activate it enought to save their data. I have not tried it, but have talked to some who have had success.
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You sure it's not just a permission issue? Try How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP.  7 is pretty much the same. Just takes a lot more clicks.
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Hi and Welcome toTSF

What O.S. is installed on the computer and the slave drive?

What information did you get from the BSOD?


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Hi mastergorilla and welcome to TCG,

Hmm, did you think that there may be a VERY nasty virus on the laptop (like a rootkit), some of these can be VERY hard for the "average" AV program to detect / deal with.
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Oh joy! Another one who scrubbed C!

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Hi, We cannot assist you here- you need to ask the tech support folks at FolderLock>>> <<<<contact form, send them one filled out with details.

I have to Close your thread as it violates one of our Rules> we cannot help you with passwords, or bypassing security.