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WD Raptor died, need data recovery

Q: WD Raptor died, need data recovery

Hello Today my WD Raptor decided to die all of a sudden while using my computer it just froze up blue screen on me and reboot then keeps looping I do regular backups so I have quot most quot of my data on my external drives but this happened so suddenly that I have some recent excel files and pictures that are not on my last backup and I would really like to recover those files I run DFT and result was some sector logical failure I remove the drive installed on another computer and I can see the drive but every time I double click on it I got the message quot You need to format the disk in drive D before you can use died, data Raptor need recovery WD it quot and sometimes when I click on the drive I got quot D is not accessible Data error cyclic redundancy check quot Disk management sees the drive as quot Active Primary Partition quot but still can t open it from there I haven t format it yet but I wonder if there is a way to access it somehow to retrieve the data or the only way is WD Raptor died, need data recovery to format it to access it and then use some software to recover the files Suggestions opinions what do you guys think what options do I have Thanks in advance for all the input nbsp
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That's really bad luck!
Assuming the drive is still in the computer and will spin up you could try booting to a live linux CD. A good free one would be puppy linux.
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A:Motherboard died, need outlook 2007 data on new PC

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A:Hard drive died, still spins but not recognized. Trying to recover data.

Hi zaphenomenalone and welcome to TSG.

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

Please download and run this TSG hardware utility and paste the result into your next post :-
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A:Data recovery problem, Can reach corrupted data but no external space.


Before you write more data or attempt to read data from the drive through Windows, I would suggest using a Live CD like SysRescueCD to boot from and access the HDD.
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I don't know where this thread properly belongs -- but I suspect the question may be too esoteric for most here.

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A:Acer-Aspire V3 laptop hard-drive died, no recovery disk

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Welcome to the forum
Generally on HP the administrator password is "admin" without the quotes. TRY-it, maybe it will help
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A:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Don't know of any freeware ...
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Quick Shot.....

Only can give links to software recovery.

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You mean your personal drive?

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See if a linux live cd can pick it up.


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Here's a FREE one you can try, called RESTORATION

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Security Permission issue

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Hi fenix9158,

Welcome to SevenForums.

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When you startup through the boot menu, or when you select the corrupted install as your operating system, does it give you the same error/message every time?

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A:Data Recovery

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A:Help w/ Data Recovery

FWIW, reference materials: 
RAW Volume (Quietman) -
CHKDSK error message - The type of the file system is RAW -
What is RAW file system -
External Drive Suddenly RAW Repair Guide -
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I have important files on my Floppy disk and i don't want to format it but i am always getting this message

Disk is not formatted
The disk in drive A is not formatted.
Do you want to format it now?



A:Data Recovery

Hello and Welcome to TSF

This problem occurs on disks that do not contain a media descriptor byte in the BIOS parameter block (BPB) of the boot sector. Some older preformatted floppy disks do not contain a media descriptor byte. Older product disks may also not have the media descriptor byte. You might try the workaround in the below link. Hopefully you had your data backed up elsewhere also.
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Is anyone aware of a data recovery programe l may be able to use to recover music from a damaged mp3 player.
The player will not operate because of moisture damage but l would be very keen to recover about 5Gb of the music it has stored.

A:Data Recovery

i dont own a mp3 player but they can be plugged into the computer i know that, when you plug them in does windows recognize the device as a drive? and allow you to search threw the files by going to lets say my computer > mp3 player > music??? if so you might be able to get away with using a recovery program such as recover my files (the best one on the market that i have seen takes a while to run gets alota stuff back... just set it to only search for mp3s... uncheck all otehrs or you can try a freeware tool there out there just not as good, if nothing else you should be able to play parts of the songs that were deleted if there not too corrupt & or you could get the old file name which can help you re download the files if the issue is more that you couldnt rember all 1000 file names you had on there, let me know how it turns out
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Hi all,

So my laptop died [I do know a dead one when I see one] during a writing session. Totally dead. 2 uninterrupted hours of stream-of-consciousness with background saves every 5 minutes so I guessed I lost 5 minutes worth, max.

How wrong am I? My problem is that the old days seem to be gone - I take the drive out, put it into other machines/external boxes and try ALL my old tricks.

No data. Zip.

All help/suggestions greatly appreciated.

A:Data recovery

Spinrite? Does the hard drive spin up at all?

Pro and Con arguments ref. condensation (internal) and putting it in a fridge/freezer. I suppose with progressive temperature reduction and dessicants you could reduce the risk and gain the chance of some recovery.

It all depends on the value of the data vs the effort (and expense with commercial data recovery) you wish to expend.

Somewhat disconcerting that both the laptop and drive are dead- suggests significant power problem.
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Hi all,

So my laptop died [I do know a dead one when I see one] during a writing session. Totally dead. 2 uninterrupted hours of stream-of-consciousness with background saves every 5 minutes so I guessed I lost 5 minutes worth, max.

How wrong am I? My problem is that the old days seem to be gone - I take the drive out, put it into other machines/external boxes and try ALL my old tricks.

No data. Zip.

All help/suggestions greatly appreciated.

A:Data recovery

Spinrite? Does the hard drive spin up at all?

Pro and Con arguments ref. condensation (internal) and putting it in a fridge/freezer. I suppose with progressive temperature reduction and dessicants you could reduce the risk and gain the chance of some recovery.

It all depends on the value of the data vs the effort (and expense with commercial data recovery) you wish to expend.

Somewhat disconcerting that both the laptop and drive are dead- suggests significant power problem.
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i have posted here before as mom2techsupport but lost my password. so, hello everybody --and i have a question--

i hope someone can help here--i am attempting to recover some pictures of a harddrive. it's a situation i have never run into before and i am completely lost--

drive spins, can hear it.

windows and linux both see a drive, but don't see anything in it. couldn't select repair disk.

the most information i got was from active boot. the drive is 20gigs but was formatted into five partitions. one is 90mb, three are 1 gig each.

and now the weird part--that first partition is formatted in fat12.

any ideas?

for the record, i don't care about the drive itself, my hope is to retrieve pictures for the family that owned it.

A:Data recovery

Here's a few different tools to try to attempt partition repair and/or partiition data recovery. People have reported good results when using the tools but the result (and certainly quaility of the result) may vary by situation.

Gparted and TestDisk (freeware)
Partition Doctor (free to try, see what it finds, subscription required to apply any fixes
Active File Recovery (free to try, free version limits recovery to files 64KB or less.

For paid software tools, i'd say i've seen more feedback on Partition Doctor. It also appears it knows hot to try and "fix" things in a number of different ways
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my computer has gone away last year and I recovered its hard disk with all my data.

I bought a Serial ATA 2.5 external enclosure in order to read and recover the data, but the problem is that when I used my old PC I put a password for entering in my account, and now with the new PC every time I read my old hard disk it appears a message (attached) saying that I have not the authorisation to enter in the files, and it does not let me put the password.

For your info in the old PC I used windows vista.
In the new PC I use windows 7.

Could you please help me to solve this obstacle? :roll:

thank you very much in advance

A:Recovery data

What was the operating system of the hard drive you're trying to recover the data from?
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Older system running XP Pro power supply crapped out so I decided it was upgrade time. New system running Windows 7 Home Premium. I removed XP drive from old machine and plugged into new Win 7 machine via a usb drive dock. I can see the drive but when I go to documents & settings, then find my user name, all I can see is "application Data", where is my data? I should be able to see links to desktop, mydocs etc. & so on. What can I do to drag & drop from XP to 7? I've done this in the past without issue, now all of a sudden, I'm a Newb all over again. Extremely important to recover years of family photos, documents, etc. Same story, different person. Hope you can walk me thru this one. Thanks guys!

F Nolte

A:Data recovery from XP pro to Win 7

Current Username and password must be EXACTLY the same as the original at a minimum.

There are "legal" ways to get at them so don't panic and do something silly.
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I just formatted a HD and i forgot to save the pictures and docs. I know there are programs out that i could use to recover these files but im not sure what is good and what will help since i already formatted the HD. Can someone please help.

A:Data Recovery

Here are some I've seen suggested here at TSG;

1) Recover Files
2) Recuva
3) Restoration
4) Free Undelete (NTFS only)
5) Softperfect File Recovery
6) ADRC Data Recovery Tools
7) Undelete Plus
8) Data Recovery
9) PCI File Recovery
10) DriveRescue
11) Ultimate Data Recovery
12) Disk Investigator


Paragon Mount Everything (Mounts any file system, CD/DVD burning, File Manager, Partitioner)
GetDataBack (For FAT or NTFS)
Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro
File Scavenger
Recover My Files
RecoverPlus Pro
Zero Assumption Recovery
[email protected] File Recovery
Final Recovery
Recover4All Professional
Easeus Data Recovery Wizard
NTFS Recovery

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Hey all, I need to know what software can recover/repair a damage/corrupted HD?

My friend is having problems with his HD, windows doesn't recognize the drive anymore asks to format when he clicks on his drive.

It's a removable Hard other friend had the exact same problem (he took it out while the current was still on) and used a Norton product to fix it...i can't reach him right now , he's on vacation... :0

Which product does the job? Or any other product would fix this problem?
My friend used a shareware program, and was able to detect his files.

Thanks for the help.

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i have windows XP on NTFS file system



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I was having problems with my PC wouldn t boot up properly So I went to install XP on a nd hard drive so I could backup what I needed from my main hard drive By accident it formatted my main drive I think It formatted like gb of a gb hard drive in like secs- I stopped it as soon as I could The main question is Anyone? - Recovery Data is there anyway of recovering any data from that drive I don t need to recover everything but would like to recover mp s if possible but more importantly my uni work Data Recovery - Anyone? and photos If it s possible please could you point me in the direction of software that I should be using and what I should do to avoid losing the data forever If anyone offers this service then drop me an email and we ll sort out a deal Also is Data Recovery - Anyone? it possible to recover photos deleted from a SD card I had some holiday snaps on there which I copied on to my PC then deleted off the card If there was anyway I could retrieve those files please let me know Any help will be appreciated nbsp

A:Data Recovery - Anyone?

i would edit your post and remove the email address from the post - otherwise you will get lots of spam

this may help - i have only used on a CF card to recover images and it worked great
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I always thought that the best way to secure files is to put it on a CD or DVD because it would be there safely for a lifetime, keeping in mind that you should protect it from scratches or any form of physical damage to the CD. Just this morning I came across with an article saying that older CDs or DVDs will eventually have reading problems until the files are completely unrecoverable.It did not totally changed my way of thinking but somehow put a doubt on it. If this is true then we should recover the files on those media (CD/DVD) and transfer it into a new one. The same article also gave an overview on a couple of software to aid in recovery.Here's the link to that article: hope that you would find this helpful.

A:CD DVD Data Recovery

Real-life (not accelerated aging) tests have revealed that some CD-Rs degrade quickly even if stored normally. The quality of a CD-R disc has a large and direct influence on longevity?low quality discs should not be expected to last very long. According to research conducted by J. Perdereau, CD-Rs are expected to have an average life expectancy of 10 years.Branding isn't a reliable guide to quality, because many brands (major as well as no name) do not manufacture their own discs. Instead they are sourced from different manufacturers of varying quality. For best results, the actual manufacturer and material components of each batch of discs should be verified.An example of a CD-R burned in 2000 showing dye degradation in 2008. Part of the data on it has been lost.Burned CD-Rs suffer from material degradation, just like most writable media. CD-R media have an internal layer of dye used to store data. In a CD-RW disc, the recording layer is made of an alloy of silver and other metals?indium, antimony, and tellurium. In CD-R media, the dye itself can degrade, causing data to become unreadable.As well as degradation of the dye, failure of a CD-R can be due to the reflective surface. While silver is less expensive and more widely used, it is more prone to oxidation resulting in a non-reflecting surface. Gold on the other hand, although more expensive and no longer widely used, is an inactive material, so gold-based CD-Rs do not suffer from this problem. - WikiSo as long you use "good quality" media, you're set for around 10 years.
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I have a hard disk here that died right in front of me. We had identified some bad surface area and were in process of copying the data to backup in preparation for replacing it.

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Utilities that run under Windows probably won't help as the data is in an area that is seen by Windows as "unallocated space".

What utilities are there that might help?

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Hi Dears,
I am searching for any professional training center who offers Data recovery specialization course and also hard disk repairing course,

Please let me know the training centers in Asia only

A:Data Recovery Course

You do find numerous IT courses online which you can enrol onto and get trained while in the comfort of your home.

This reputable firm is also based in India (so you might want to do on-site training instead of online)

This is another online firm based in the USA

Hope this helps and good luck
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Hey all First off I would like to state that I have searched through quot Data Recovery quot keywords Data Recovery and could not find a thread with my issue or a Thread explaining it in Laimens Terms Here is the situation recently my computer got stuck in a boot loop and nothing worked for fixing it not fixboot chkdsk chkdsk r fixmbr nothing So then I was left with an XP Pro CD and a decision to re-install Windows Which is exactly what I did When re-installing I choose the option to not Format my drive and leave the files Once I had it all installed I found that I did have some files but others were missing I had a bunch of movies Data Recovery placed in a folder on my Desktop along with Music and thousands of pictures photoshops in my quot My Pictures quot folder All of that seems to be gone How can I recover this Is it possible to recover these files I would HATE if I had to lose all of that its all very important to me I still have all of the files that were in my quot Program Files quot folder or inside the C drive itself I went to the quot Documents and Settings quot folder and I did not find the files in there either I have two drives in my computer Master and one GB Slave the GB had nothing on it I know it was DUMB of me to not backup all of the files onto it Also please check out this other thread of mine for other information http forums techguy org windows-nt- -xp -xp-pro-help html highlight data recovery I have not installed or put anything on the computer other than reinstalling Windows since the incident So is it possible for me to get these back I sure hope so I really dont want to lose these things Please let me know and if you can explain how to do this thoroughly I would appriciate it Thank you very much Max nbsp

A:Data Recovery

Never had occasion to use it but I have been told this is an excellent program to recover lost files.
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Hi All

Dont know if this thread is in the right forum but here goes ...

What is wrong with my HDD? It displays all the files and folders on the drive but only some files have filesizes and the rest of the files haves filesizes that are equal to zero.
I can copy files to the drive and read files from the drive. The HDD is NTFS done through windows.

I think my HDD is ... BROKEN but I cannot say die! To many valuable files on the drive as you all can imagine.

How do I fix or recover the files?

Thanks in advance

A:Data Recovery

Do you mean the data recovery software shows this, or Windows shows this?

Anyway please try this:

Manual steps to run Chkdsk from My Computer or Windows Explorer

Open My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
Click Properties, and then click Tools.
Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed
Use one of the following procedures:

? To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, click Start.
? To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors check box, and then click Start. (tick)
? To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.

Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:

The disk check could not be performed because the disk check utility needs exclusive access to some Windows files on the disk. These files can be accessed by restarting Windows. Do you want to schedule the disk check to occur the next time you restart the computer?Click to expand...

Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.

Wait until Chkdsk finishes Checking / Repairing any faults
Windows will then either restart your computer or continue loading Normally.
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Hi All,

I just realized that I neglected to back up some data after replacing windows vista with XP pro. Is there any way that I might recover it?

I formatted the entire hard drive with the "quick format" option during installation. That means that my old data was not completely erased, right?

In the meantime, I`m not adding any extra data to the hard drive, for fear of overwriting potentially retrievable deleted files.

Thanks for your time!