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How to recover my extenal hard drive erase data?

Q: How to recover my extenal hard drive erase data?

Hi, I am usig windows vista SP2 … I just repaired my 250 gb western digital external hard drive from an I/O device error using CHKDSK /F/X. At the end of doing this, there were a question that I don’t remember at this time that cames to my screen … and to finish with this process my answer was No. My external hard drive was repaired but I want to recover the data that I lost doing this things. How may I recover all my lost data? Please help me … I am desesperate.

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Hi.

Earlier today I clean re-installed Windows XP Professional. I backed up alot of useful data on my second hard drive, and proceeded with the reinstallation. Everything went smooth, but when I double clicked my second hard drive in My Computer, it gave the message:

"The disk in drive D is not formatted.

Do you want to format it now?"

If i proceed with this, all the data on that hard drive will be wiped out.

Is there any possible way to recover the date from the hard drive?
 

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OK hard I my recover Can data from my drive? here s my setup Athlon XP MB DDR RAM GB Primary IDE master - C with OS installed GB Primary IDE slave - D no OS - data and other stuff CD CDRW Secondary IDE Win SE Everything has been working fine for about a year now and then suddenly this weekend I hit some problems While my computer was sitting Can I recover my data from my hard drive? idle I noticed it suddenly went to a blue screen that said something like quot error writing to C drive quot So I rebooted and then the BIOS Phoenix started hanging on the quot Detecting IDE drives quot POST message It hung for about seconds and then couldn t find either drive on the Primary IDE channel So my first impression was that the master drive was at fault Through some trial and error testing I found that actually the slave drive GB is Can I recover my data from my hard drive? the problem The master works fine without the slave attached but as soon as the slave is there it freezes on the POST message Sometimes the GB drive is detected by the BIOS sometimes not It seems to be fairly random when the BIOS can detect it Even when it is detected by the BIOS Windows DOS cannot read from the drive gets a quot cannot read from media quot or some such error I ve narrowed it down to definitely being the slave drive because the same symptoms show up when it is plugged into a different system altogether As a sanity check I have also tried different IDE channels different cables different jumper settings and making the drive settings in the BIOS manually rather than auto-detect - all with the same results So there s obviously some issues with the drive Now the big question is can I get the data on the drive off of it somehow More specifically can I or someone else do that without voiding the warranty and without costing me several hundred dollars I have a lot of game saves and other data on the drive which would be a real pain in the butt to lose but not enough to pay that much cash out Or is there something else that I might be missing Is there some kind of boot disk tool that could maybe access the drive when Windows cannot on the occasions when BIOS can detect the drive Thanks in advance for any help you can provide nbsp

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hello,
i recently formatted my 250gb maxtor slave hard drive by accident. It was formatted using the NTFS file system. It had a lot of important data on it and i would like to retrieve it. Does anyone know of a program that would be able to find and recover my files for free? I have tried PC Inspector file recovery and it doesn't recognise my 250 gb hard drive. I looked for the files using Virtuallab, which found the files alright, although, you have to pay to get your files back... which i don't wanna do .
So if any of you know a program I could download for free that would work, I would greatly appreciate it. Anyways....cheers:
gaz.
 

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The hard drive is made by a company called "BSE Data Storage" 40 gigabyte IDE. When i try to boot to it, it says S.M.A.R.T Command Failed.

Not sure on jumper settings but when i boot to slave (guessing with jumpers although pretty sure it is correct), windows detects the drive in the device manager but no where else.

I want to extract a few imporant files off the hard drive.

The hard drive makes no ticking or scratching noises, other than the normal noise it should make.

This occured when i was trying to install a printer driver, other than that computer ran fine.

Im running Win XP on the computer and the bad hard drive.

Please Help.

Thanks,
Rio
 

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Thanks.
 

A:Help!! Must recover data on hard drive

Do a "recovery" search on the forum, this subject came up recently.
 

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Hi.

Earlier today I clean re-installed Windows XP Professional. I backed up alot of useful data on my second hard drive, and proceeded with the reinstallation. Everything went smooth, but when I double clicked my second hard drive in My Computer, it gave the message:

"The disk in drive D is not formatted.

Do you want to format it now?"

If i proceed with this, all the data on that hard drive will be wiped out.

Is there any possible way to recover the date from the hard drive?
 

A:Is there any way to recover data from this hard drive?!

what File System are you using? ie: Fat32 or NTFS?
Make sure that both hd's have the same file system, otherwise you're going to have to reinstall on the same fs.
 

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Hi,

I'm wondering if any of you have a recommendation for an external hard drive, about 50GB, that I can use to do some critical back-ups on my home PC and my daughter's laptop she uses for school.

I have no experience with external hard drives, so the more info I can get, the better.

Thank you.
 

A:Extenal hard drive

If you have at least Win98SE and a USB 2.0 connection (important) then you need have no angst about getting an external hard drive. I got my first one while I still had Win98SE but had to purchase a USB 2.0 PCI card to get the fastest connection, after that no probs. Of course you will have to install the supplied drivers in the case of Win98SE.

If you have XP it's a very simple procedure, you should just be able to connect and away you go, I say this with some reservation however but if you go for the Maxtor brand then setup is a breeze and I thoroughly recommend them.

On the minus side some external hard disks come unformatted and I had a Formac 500 gig which was an absolute pig and even had the Formac team stumped, but I managed to finally get it going by using Acronis Trueimage. This was an unusual case however for I have had no trouble with Maxtor, Western Digital, Pockey, and Freecom for example. The only thing you need to check is whether you have USB 2.0 on your computer for if not the file transfer rate will be very Sloooooooooooooooooooooooow!!!! Hope this info helps.
 

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Ok so my computer has hard drives First one is the C and is used for windows program files ect My second data Recover on unpartitioned hard drive hard drive i use to store my music pictures videos documents etc So i had both hard drives in there running fine and i decided i would reformat the C drive Recover data on unpartitioned hard drive and put windows on it again figuring all the data on the second drive would be fine I was using XP and i put XP on it again but when everything was installed it said that my second hard drive was unformatted So ive tried a bunch of programs to recover the data with no luck I can see that all the data is physicly still on the drive i just think that the partition information or whatever got screwed up somehow My friend told me that i would most likely need to recover the data to another hard drive which shouldnt be too much of a problem i just cant figure out how to do this i am looking at about gigs worth of data i need to recover and the only program i was able to find that would recover the data charged something like a gig and theres no way im paying for my hardrive back If anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated Thanks nbsp

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)
http://users.adelphia.net/~abraxas/dl/partfix.exe
http://www.cgsecurity.org/index.html?testdisk.html
http://mirror.href.com/thestarman/testdisk.html

or file recovery:

http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/welcome.htm
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html
 

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A:Reading Hard Drive to recover data

Welcome
From reading your post, it appears that you are trying to recover the stuff that is on the HD, documents, pics etc.
I think you may want to start with this software. Download and look around. Your stuff may be able to be viewed.
I think going into doucments and settings will lead to a dead end.
Documents and Settings in Vista and Windows 7 - 4sysops

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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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My systemwas suddenly crashed and I askedone of my company person to helpme in recovering the data on my hard drive and he said that his system is not registering(recognising) my hard drive due to which is he unable to restore the data. he suggested to contact one strore who will chargefrom 2000 to 5000 $ and I don't have that much money to recover my valueble data.
Please help me by telling how to recover my data on my hard drive.

Thanks in Advance.

Regards
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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.

If the hard drive is detected by the BIOS but Windows cannot access it, you may have a possibility of recovering all or some of its contents. You connect it as a slave drive in a working computer and then use commercial recovery software. Some recovery software that you can download has a free test mode that will test the drive's contents and gives you a report of what it can recover. You then have to pay for the program before it will actually recover the data.

You say your data is valuable but do not want to spend $2000 to get it back. How much are you willing to spend?
 

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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.

There are companies that recover data from dead hard drives but they can charge from several hundred to several thousand for recover. This is where backing up your data comes in - it avoids these problems.
 

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A:Help: Repair hard drive and recover data.

It sounds like you're done with that drive. I guess you will need to use your backups.

Recovery services can almost certainly get the data back, but they can cost into the $1000's.

The hard drive in your computer is in one of two states right now. It's
either going to fail or it already failed. Hard drives are inherently
fragile things with no built in redundancy.
-Chris PirilloClick to expand...
 

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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.
What do you mean by "The laptop also has security passwords set"??

Regards,
JDobbsy1987

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A:Move hard drive to recover data

No problems.. If there are multiple partitions on the system drive, then the drive letters may get shifted around, but otherwise everything should Just Work.

Mind you, he could just attach a serial mouse to the broken system..
 

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A:Recover Data From Corrupt Hard-Drive

Sometimes, yes

Depends on the corruption cause as to mechanical or electronic.
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I had a problem last week with my system, which I posted in this forum. Turns out one of my hard drives was the culprit.
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I purchased a SATA to USB adapter kit, but of course it isn't that easy. The drive is not showing up in My Computer.

When I go to Disk Management, it is there... but I can't click on it. (Listed as Disk 1 Removable O: in screen cap)

Can anyone tell me (dumb it down, please) how I can recover my data?

(the drive in question is a Seagate that was partitioned into sections.)

thanks in advance

A:how do I recover data from a non responsive hard drive?

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

If the partition is seen and appears to be intact, try to recover the files with a file recovery application such as Recuva.

If the partition is not seen and appears to be gone or damaged, try to recover the partition first using a tool such as Partition Wizard. If that is successful, the files may then be visible and not need recovery.

I'm no expert on either application.

In any case, don't write anything new to the drive.

Hook the drive up in the normal manner and determine if you can see the partition. If no, try Partition Wizard. If yes, try Recuva.

Based on your picture, it looks like the partition is not seen.

You say this is an internal drive, so I'm not clear why you are using that cable instead of just connecting the drive internally.

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A:Can I rebuild a hard drive to recover data

I've heard of people buying the exact same drive (needs to be exact so the PCB is the same) and then swapping those out. I've never heard of people removing the platters and putting in a new drive - I think that would be highly risky if not impossible. Try to find a working drive with the same PCB on ebay, then swap the boards.
 

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A:Recover data from external hard drive?

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.

Found some posts that might be of help. Good luck.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252267-45-recovery-data-hard-disk-deleting-partition

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/255089-32-partitions-overwritten-recover-previous-data

http://www.partitionguru.com/step/recover-partition-using-partitionGuru.php
 

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A:Noisy Hard drive: Need to recover data

Welcome to TechSpot

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

Surf to http://www.tufftest.com/ 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.

Do a search in this forum on IBM Deskstar (or rather Deathstar), to see what others have come up with.
 

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Hi there.

really hope someone is able to help me here...

I bought an external hard drive bay for my old hard drive from my main computer because it was broken due to the power supply failing, then motherboard etc.

Anyway, i am wondering if it is possible to retrieve my old files from the hard drive when i plug the hard drive (bay) into my laptop, as when i click on the hard drive in my computer, my old folders arent there, and there is only 30gb available when i know for a fact my old hard drive was 160gb, anyway to access the rest of the data ?

(all hidden files are shown and still nothing)
 

A:Problems with extenal hard drive bay

geordielad said:


Hi there.

really hope someone is able to help me here...

I bought an external hard drive bay for my old hard drive from my main computer because it was broken due to the power supply failing, then motherboard etc.

Anyway, i am wondering if it is possible to retrieve my old files from the hard drive when i plug the hard drive (bay) into my laptop, as when i click on the hard drive in my computer, my old folders arent there, and there is only 30gb available when i know for a fact my old hard drive was 160gb, anyway to access the rest of the data ?

(all hidden files are shown and still nothing)Click to expand...

(says the partition style is master boot record - whatever that is ? )
 

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A:How can I recover data from hard drive after using repair disc?

Hi and welcome,
You may be able to recover some files using testdisk (free and legal) but it depends how over-written they are. Guide here: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step inc how to run from within Windows.

In the meantime, use those drives as little as possible to improve chances of recovery.
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Hope this helps?

Richard
 

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If you have a windows 7 install disc, you could use that to explore the drives.

Why are you hiding data in the 1st place ? And if it`s important, why aren`t you backing it up.

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Thanks Prett!
The partition does exists, but it is not accessible. I have recovered the entire content of the damaged partition by using the minitool to another external drive but wondering how to reinstall the recovered data (which also contains OS) so that my laptop boots.

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A:Recover Data from Faulty Hard Drive thats been partitioned

As long as the 3 partitions where not over-written by "Knowhow" the data should all be intact and readable to the extent that the drive is readable..

when you get your old HDD back - purchase a HDD to USB external adapter - and you should be able to access the data..
to copy it over to another HDD > that is what they are going to do..

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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:
then if that does show type
dir
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A:Is it possible to recover data from reformatted external hard drive

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Have you tried searching for them with the search tool?

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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:possible to recover data from simpletech hard drive that computer won't recognize

You can find the software on torrent sites if you don't want to pay for it Click to expand...

It is against forum rules to discuss torrents or P2P file sharing, sorry.
 

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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.

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Free:

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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A:Accessing secure folders to recover data on a failing hard drive

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A:Will replacing motherboard erase drive data in RAID?

Never tired it, but I would assume if raid is enabled in the bios of the new board, it will recognize the array just fine, the real issue is it probably will not boot, since the hardware is too different.

Moving a windows installation from one mobo to another has its challenges.

See "Replace a failed Motherboard" section

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824125
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A:Erase hard drive

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A:Erase My Hard Drive

Hi mike5426!

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TC
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A:Need to erase a hard drive

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A:Hard Drive Erase

Use Windows Format

You can Format all partitions in My Computer,except C:
The Windows OS partition.Just like a floppy format.
Are you sure theres nothing you want to keep,like pictures ?
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A:Erase Hard Drive

You can Format it. Which can be done by opening My Computer right click the drive letter and selecting Format.

*** Don't Format it will delete everything. ***
Sorry,

I miss read your message.

You really cannot delete everything except XP. As XP and the applications installed on the driver are interconnected with references.
 

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Killdisk
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A:FULLY erase a hard drive

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A:Hard drive erase but OS stay!!!!

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A:Solved: Erase Hard Drive

no, the OS will be gone. The drive cleaners return the HD to the factory reset.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/solved-erase-hard-drive.1093816/
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A:How Can I Erase All Info On A Hard Drive

By all means... keep the hard drive.... that's the golden part of the computer.

Repartition it, then Reformat it.... and you will be good to go.

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A:How to permanently erase a hard drive?

Hi,

It depends on what you want to be left with, and the effort you want to go to. Do you want:

1. A completely blank HDD with absolutely zero information on it (incl. no Windows Starter?, or
2. Windows Starter still on the HDD, but all other securely data deleted?

If you want option 1, then use DBAN:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ard-drive.html

Make sure you physically disconnect all other HDD's (incl. USB drives) with the exception of the one that holds DBAN and the disk to be wiped

If you want option 2, then:
1. Delete all sensitive information as you normally would, and empty the Recycle bin, and
2. Securely wipe the deleted data using the Windows CIPHER command
Cipher Command - Overwrite Deleted Data in Windows

Its highly doubtful the data would be recoverable - the more passes you run, the exponentially harder it becomes to retrieve any data. Some select government and security agencies do have the ability to overcome even this wipe, but even then it would take many, many, many hours/days/weeks to do this. It would have to be worth their while, and something tells me you probably aren't harbouring any state secrets, so you aren't worth the effort

http://www.sevenforums.com/backup-restore/320002-how-permanently-erase-hard-drive.html
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A:Solved: Erase Hard Drive

Not sure, there still could be a hidden partition on your system that it uses for the recovery. I would check with your computer manufacturer.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/solved-erase-hard-drive.718627/