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Q: recovering files after hard reset

is there a way to recover photos after a hard reset?
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I recently purchased a cheap hard drive enclosure to house a drive from an old machine. The drive had previously lived in an Icy Box enclosure and had worked fine. Unfortunately the power supply for the Icy Box gave up and now I have bought this replacement.

When I started it up, the drive was recognised but without any of the files that were previously there. I have downloaded Pandora Recovery from Cnet and tried a deep scan. This has shown that the files are still there but crashes at about 1% of the scan.

Can anyone advise on any other freeware which can solve this issue.

Thanks in advance.

A:Hard drive files need recovering

At this point... its a lost cause I would say, BUT!

You could always try making a mirror of the dead drive, and try to recover from that image... though not sure I would expect to recover the files
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my old xp hard drive was uber slow so i upgraded to a new one with a new xp install

Now i need my files off my old windows xp hard drive but it won't let me access my files saying ACCESS IS DENIED

is there any way to get those dang files

A:recovering files from old xp Hard Drive

you can try taking ownership of the files/folders

How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP
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I have been forced to dispose of a previously reliable desktop PC running XP but have retained the hard disc in the hope of recovering the files from it The hard disc is now in an external enclosure connected to a new laptop Lenovo G running Windows Home Premium The old hard disc was partitioned quot C quot and quot D quot - each half the total disc size Gb I was using C for programmes and active files and D as an archive for disc Recovering files hard old from older files Now when attached to the laptop I can quot see quot just two folders one Recovering files from old hard disc is the archived files which is great the other folder has a strange name comprising mainly numbers I can't see any evidence of the partitions I apparently don't have permission to access this second folder Will this be the original C And if so is there a way of accessing the files within Finally if I do succeed in retrieving Recovering files from old hard disc the files and moving them somewhere more accessible this time backed up can I reformat the old hard disc as a single storage device to give me extra space or has the partition to remain How would I do this Very grateful for any advice Incidentally I find these forums quite difficult to search and know it's likely that somewhere in Recovering files from old hard disc here there is already a useful contribution that would help me resolve my questions If anyone could direct me to the appropriate thread it would be helpful

A:Recovering files from old hard disc

Yes, you can reformat the old drive as a single storage device. You'd normally do that through Windows Disk Managment. Just locate the drive and delete any partitions you see on it, create new partitions as desired, format, and use.

I have no idea why you are seeing what you now see. If I had a C drive and a D drive on an old hard drive and connected it to a new PC, I'd expect to see 2 partitions---whereas you say you see folders.
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I need help with recovering files from a hard drive with Windows as the OS This computer was my mom s old one I moved the quot My Documents quot folder to a new computer Recovering Help Need Hard From Drive Files for her by using the cut and paste method to a USB flash drive I then moved the contents from the flash drive onto a new computer with Windows Vista I deleted Need Help Recovering Files From Hard Drive the files from the flash drive to let her use it for other purposes So far so good Then this The new computer had a problem with the power hardware and was sent back to the factory for repair Received the computer back with a reformatted hard drive data not there Mom did not want to deal with Vista so I swapped her Need Help Recovering Files From Hard Drive computer with a new one that runs Windows XP The missing files contain medical history and vital pictures I live about miles from my mom so this is being worked on long distance She lives in a small town with very limited computer service support Here is my question What is the best process to Need Help Recovering Files From Hard Drive recover these files I have the original hard drive here with me I have Windows XP and Vista available on the computers at my house I can also have the USB flash drive sent but it would have to come via mail or UPS Is there an issue with slaving a Windows formatted drive to a Windows XP or Vista machine Or should I take the extra time to have her send the flash drive and try to recover the files from it And are there any special precautions to take when shipping a flash drive Sorry if I put this in the wrong forum area Thanks

A:Need Help Recovering Files From Hard Drive

First and foremost - don't do anything to any of the drives until you're ready to recover the data. Each and every access gives a greater risk of losing the data.

The original hard drive - does it still have the original files on it? If so, the best bet is to slave this drive to another system and transfer the files from it. You can either attach it to a free space on one of the cables on your current computer (with the proper jumper settings) - or you can get a drive enclosure to put it in and hook it up to a USB port on your system. Then it's just a matter of copying the files to your computer (and backing them up just-in-case to a CD).

Recovering deleted files is another story - and they're even more sensitive to the "more it's used, the more likely that the data is gone" theory. It takes special software and techniques - although there is some freeware than can recover some stuff for you.
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I had to replace my hard disk recently on my Compaq Deskpro machine. While the PC works fine, I need help on two issues:

1. The technician who replaced the hard disk says he's unable to read the old hard disk, so can't recover any files from it. Any way out...?

2. On reinstalling Windows 95, I'm unable to change the display settings to anything higher that 16 colors; if I try and restart, there's a message saying the settings do not work with my hardware. Now, the Hardware Wizard says my display adapter is Oaks Technologies Super VGA; however, I distinctly remember seeing a Matrox QuickDesk facility with my earlier installation. Is this possible...? Or am I missing something?

A:Recovering files from crashed hard disk

As far as the colors you need to reinstall your video drivers for the matrox card.

Hard disk, if it's that important you could send it to ontrack or one of the others, but it's very expensive to get data recovery.
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I have a hard drive that was accidentally formatted with the Sony recovery wizard and a complete reinstalled was performed.

Can you please tell me about a good program that I can use free or paid to recover the data of a formatted hard drive?

I used the recuva application and only found deleted files. I need to recover if possible all the docs, pictures, music files before the recovery took place.

Thank you in advance,


A:Needs help recovering files from formatted hard drive, Please

Well unfortunately when a Hard drive is formatted and then something is written over that it is very time consuming and expensive to recover and then you may only get half of your information back.
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hi i have(now dead) 200 gb maxtor hd, i know i know bad disk to buy, now i know my brands, seagate all the way haha, ne ways i think the partition where xp installed got corrupted, and it wont let me do ne thing, it gave me that "your disk must be corrupted" warning when i booted up. Some pictures were on that partition, like wedding, prom, grad, and i was wondering, instead of formatting the whole drive, or even the partition, can i use like hard drive data recovery software like "Helix"? I came here to see if any body can help me out, or even show me an easier way, cuz from the looks of it Helix looks very confusing.

--thnx in advance

A:help recovering files of a dead hard drive


Not sure if you are in the uk, I have used this tool >>

You just plug the hard drive into it and the other end into a usb port on a pc and it shows up as an external hard drive. Depending on whether your hard drive is not completely gone.Then the data can just be taken off it. If its a sata drive they do one for that also

Another way is if you are putting a new hard drive in then put the bad one in as a slave drive then it wil do basically the same thing and show up as another drive and you should be able to access all your pics etc.

Data recovery tools are ok for accidentally formatted/totally shot drives etc but I would hope you wouldn't need to go that far

Hope it helps

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I had to do an f11 restart on my HP laptop. I was given the option to save my files to an external hard drive(Seagate Expansion) which I did. However when I come to restore the files, they are not in an accessible format. There is a restore option on the drive and also on the desktop and neitherof these work. Theres a source file list on the Seagate(notebook file) which lists all of the files. Most of them are music files or photos.
Thanks for any help

A:Recovering files from external hard drive

I did a Google search and found this:
HP Notebook PCs - How to Restore Backup Files Created During the F11 Backup Procedure
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A:Recovering files off old hard drive's desktop..

I am assuming that you re-installed Windows fresh on the new drive, Yes?

Follow these directions to gain access back to your files:

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A:Recovering files from a readable Hard drive.

Hi Raficoo,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Without asking any questions - there are many I would like to ask - let me directly get into action.

Please download, install and run MiniTools Partition Wizard Free Edition 9. MiniTool Partition Manager Software for Windows PC and Server

Does the File System of the 654.69GB partition of your "old failed hard drive" show as NTFS in the disk list?

If yes, rightclick on it > Explore. Do you see the files? Close Partition Explorer.

Rightclick on it again > Unhide Partition. In the next screen assign a drive letter > OK

Two operations will be pending.

Click on APPLY in the top menu bar. When changes are completed > OK and then close Partition Wizard.

Can you see and read the drive now?
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I pulled the hard drive out of a laptop and up it in a enclosure with USB access but i cant access the file under the user area of the hard drive. It say i don't have permission.

A:recovering files from laptop hard drive

Typically to access files on a HDD that is connected via USB it requires you to be logged into the computer as a administrator. Make sure the account you are login in on is an admin.

If this doesn't work, let us know.
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Anyone know of a good program for restoring files from a crashed hard drive.
I've already used Spinrite on the drive and can now access the drive. The bad news is some of my folders and files are now just a bunch of ascii characters. Is there a program that will allow me to recover these? This is a FAT32 formated drive of 120 Gb capacity.


A:Recovering files from crashed hard drive

This is great for some files. It knows over 80 types of files. I lost a drive and my main concern was pics. I used it to recover 1700 jpgs from a crashed hard drive. It also got various doc and odt files. I also recovered many mp3s and mpg clips.
Some of the mp3s are broken into smaller files, and I haven't looked thru them yet.
The mpg clips were large xvid files, so now I have many smaller clips, I could edit them together if I really wanted to.

It took about 6 hours to recover 45 GB of data from a disk.
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Yep. I've committed the cardinal sin

It was Win98 and I installed Win2000 over the top of it. The drive was formatted as FAT during the installation process.

Is there any way that I can recover data that was previously stored on the drive? There are some Excel spreadsheets that I'd like to get back.

I found this while looking through the threads for previous instances.... PC Inspector.

Will it do a job for me?

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This usb IS recognized and mounts - however, the files on it are damaged - possibly because of hardware erosion...
I think ddrescue and safecopy are supposed to be good programs for this type of failure, but I do not know how to use them

Problem 2: Software (?)
This usb is recognized in the device manager, but not in the My Computer (so it doesn't mount). I think I can reformat the usb to make it functional again, but before I do that, I want to recover whatever files are on the drives

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Dell's regular support line and their fee-based virus support group weren't able to distinguish whether my external hard drive had gotten infected during my laptop's infection or whether my external hard drive had some kind of mechanical or software error, and I was referred here by a technician from TechSupportForum's virus area.

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A:How To Recovering Deleted Files From A Portable Hard Drive?

I'm unsure if the Hiren's boot cd has network access. If not, you've got 2 possibilites:
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Clicking on some of these folder brings up a dialog box informing me I do not have privilege to see those files and I canceled out of the dialog box as I was worried I might accidentally erase the folder if I did not unlock it properly. Both computers were most recently running Windows 7 though the old Dell laptop originally came installed with Windows Vista.

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See if this tutorial helps. Take Ownership Shortcut
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A:Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

You don't have to do all that to overcome an unmountable boot volume error...try running chkdsk /r command on the drive.

Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X is the drive letter assigned by XP and with spaces between k and X: and X: and /) and then hit Enter.

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A:Help recovering files... recovering relocation?

what is your question? if you want best way to do it i figure a external harddrive and an os that works should do. if the windows that you have installed is not working. you can try knoppix a linux that boots from a cd

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A:Windows 8 tablet factory reset/hard reset problem!!! HELP!!

Is it still under warranty? You should try contacting Acer.
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A:Tons of files missing, desktop reset, browsers and toolbars reset...

Some additional information:
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A:are hard reset and factory reset the same thing?

Hi, No, factory reset will bring your machine back to facory status (the time opening the box) byt hard reset won't. Regards.
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A:Looking for a job recovering hard drives

You might want to post your thread here:
It may get more attention there
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A:Recovering Hard Drive

Actually, if you've formatted and installed Windows again, the prospects are pretty dim.
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A:Recovering Hard Drive

If access is the problem, you need to take ownership of the files.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

Or use these:

"Take Ownership" Context Menu
"Take Control"
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A:Recovering From A Hard Drive

Alright, nevermind guys. I figured it out. I had to go in and change the permissions which was expected but it still wouldn't give me access to the files. So I went in to the Vista backup tool and backed up the photos only and had them placed on my hard drive. After I unzipped them all everything was good.
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if you selected an option to save your files they should still be there other than that unless you try a system restore wich might work it might not then i dont know soz
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A:Help with recovering files

The file recovery would yield better results if you tried to recover the files after formatting, installing Windows has written over some of the previous files on the drive.

I have used testdisk, TestDisk - CGSecurity with great results, how ever it uses the command line interface.

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Some well regarded freeware that has a good chance of recovering a re-formatted drive or at least some significant files: situations where free software is unsuccessful, or only partially, I've seen numerous statements that GetDataBack succeeded, however this is not free software. But the demo will determine what the program could recover for you. of the advice regarding file recovery is general, and applies to attempting recovery using any software:
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Hello tabdaven,

here is a link to a program that you can use to scan your system for lost files and it will make it so you can recover them

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easiest way would be to run hirens boot cd, get it here: and burn it to a disc.

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Does it by chance say what the file types are?
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Hi Taios. I not sure if this what you are looking for.
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What about your "Backup copy" of these files, you do have one right?
If not, you are up the creek without a paddle.
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Try this one:
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when u do system restore, your hard drive get wiped clean in most cases, unless you done through a regular XP disc.
i you used the restore disk that came with your system. then you data is lost & most had drive recovery requires lots of work & results are not guaranteed.
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You need to change the boot order in the bios first so it boots with the USB
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Download TreeSize here:
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Does the undelete software need to be purchased before you can recover the files? "Unregistered .und" sounds like you need to get a license first.

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Try restoration its FREE

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this is just a theory but i seem to remember that if you used a password on your old drive then the files wont be accessible if it's ran as a slave drive -
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Originally Posted by jstarr

Our 18 - month old computer's hard disk died. After replacing it, we realized we had no operating system to install on it. We didn't want to go back to Vista (too many problems) and had a friend put Windows XP on it.

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You need to take ownership of the folders/files:
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There is a 'trick' for bad-bearing issues like that.

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A:Recovering Data From Old Hard Drive

How i did it

I removed the old HD.
Then i installed OS on my new partitioned HD.
Then just set old ones jumpers as slave,to a slave connection,and start your
computer.You didn't need all those extra devices,unless all your 4 IDE connections where used.Even so you could remove one,hook up old one and copy old files to parition without Windows.
then remove it and put the other device back.
I hope i explained this ok.Please ask if not sure.
Note : Turn off Power supply doing these connections.
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Take a linux live distro, and run badblocks -c 100000 -sn /dev/sda (or /sda1).



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