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Hard Disk Needs Formatting: Is Data Retrieval Possible Before Formating?

By reachoppy ·
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My laptop has refused to boot and internal recovery couldnt be done. The Recovery discs i created when i got the laptop was employed but the laptop couldnt read from the disc. The Hard disc was removed and attached to an adaptor and connected to another laptop via usb. The laptop read the hard drive, revealing 3 partitions or so: System(f), Hard disc(g) and Recovery(h). The partitions opened except Hard Disc(g). Think the system attempted opening it and eventually said something like 'the disc needs to be formatted'. Please, i dont want to loose my data, what can i do to retrieve my data? My laptop is a windows 7 system. Thanks all.

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Hard Disk needs Formatting

by inunoo In reply to Hard Disk Needs Formattin ...

Yes you can retrive your data though its a bit tricky. You might need some help on this. Remove your hard drive from the laptop and connect it to another computer as an external hard disk. Windows is most likely to see it and you can then copy your data. When done, take the hard disk to your original laptop, put it back in the machine and you are ready to format.

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Dont Format

by Mohammad Oweis In reply to Hard Disk Needs Formattin ...

Some data recovery software can recover the files without the need to format the HDD.
Check this article, as i remember one of the software in the article can recover from something like this.
http://www.itprostuff.com/articles/recover-deleted-lost-files.html

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Repair HDD after data recovery

by philipbooth In reply to Hard Disk Needs Formattin ...

Recover data with a good retrieval software or take help from an expert, I know a company they can help you to recover precious data and hard drive repair. Contact them through the link http://www.datatrack-labs.co.uk/hard_drive_recovery.asp#

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Possible to retrieve data before formatting

by danieleaton In reply to Hard Disk Needs Formattin ...

In this situation, your first duty is recovering data. If it's not done by you get help an expert or company such as http://www.ukdatarecoveryprofessionals.com/data_recovery_companies.php Then think about hard drive formatting.

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Data Recovery

by fiona_mgr In reply to Hard Disk Needs Formattin ...

Make sure you recover data first before formatting. You can google for data recovery software, there are lots of them.

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Try some recovery software

by spiralingcrazies In reply to Hard Disk Needs Formattin ...

You can try this one, the free version will at least let you know if the data is recoverable. Install on another computer and attach the failing drive as external drive.
http://download.cnet.com/MiniTool-Power-Data-Recovery-Free-Edition/3000-2094_4-10561431.html

There are other recovery tools (software) that can attempt to read the drive.

Don't format the drive. There are some options to read data from already formatted drive but I wouldn't go there yet.

For cases like this where I don't want to take out the drive, I also boot with Linux (Knoppix) boot CD - I use it to log in on the broken machine and see if the drive data is recoverable with Linux built in utilities orat least to give me an idea if there is a SMART failure.

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It is possible to recover lost data

by Kendy519 In reply to Hard Disk Needs Formattin ...

If your computer can't boot, recovery software can't work, you may be able to unplug the hard drive from your laptop, and connect it to another computer with an adapter as an external hard drive. In fact, you can try to recover data with data recovery software such as Tenorshare Data Recovery Pro after reinstalling OS.

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Hard Disk Recovery

Yes, but you need to be careful.... read on to see how to recover deleted files most successfully...
You can often successfully recover deleted files from a PC, camera memory card or USB Memory stick, it just depends on what’s happened since the files were deleted.

http://www.advanceddatarecoverylondon.co.uk/laptop-recovery/

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Recommendations on Authority blog

by benparker In reply to Hard Disk Needs Formattin ...

I can suggest an article which recommends three different Data recovery tools for Windows, Mac, Raid Recovery as well.

You may follow the article to know more about it.
http://technoratan.in/tips-and-tricks/data-recovery-software/

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Recommendations on Authority Blog

by benparker In reply to Hard Disk Needs Formattin ...

I can suggest an article which recommends three different Data recovery tools for Windows, Mac, Raid Recovery as well.

You may follow the article to know more about it.
http://technoratan.in/tips-and-tricks/data-recovery-software/

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