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How Can I Recover Windows Hard Drive Data?

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How Can I Recover Windows Hard Drive Data?

Jalinawilliams
In my laptop, i was stored some important official work stored, but due to any kind of reason, i can't open my files which is crucial for me! So plz help me...

how can i recover Windows hard drive data? Please provide me appropriate suggestion...... ??

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PurpleSkys Moderator

is there an error code or a pop up that tells you anything? did you install a new software lately? we need a little more information please

robo_dev

Can you read any data on the drive?

Will Windows load and boot normally?

Were your files deleted?

Is the problem you can see the files but not open them?

Is there a particular error message you see?

the_fifth_horseman

"Any kind of reason" doesn't describe your problem adequately enough to provide you with valid advice (as you might note, almost everyone jumped in with their pet hypothesis and their favoured solution). There are dozens of problems your description can encompass, and each of them has a different solution - which is typically useless for anything else.
Let's try narrowing down the problem first and looking for possible solutions second.

First. Does your laptop power on?
Second. If it powers on, does it boot into Windows?
Third. If it boots into Windows, can you log in?

Then, if you can log in:
1. What files are you trying to access? (by which I mean what sort of data they are supposed to contain, not what actually is inside) If you can access the folder the files are stored in, what do you get when you right-click one of them and choose "properties"?
2. How are you trying to access them?
3. What actually HAPPENS when you try accessing your files? What were you EXPECTING to happen?
If you encounter any error messages, post them here. And please be precise in your answers.

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    robo_dev

    As far as we know the OP drive is toast with bearings glued into a molten blob, thus sir-spam-a-lot, your software may not be of much use.

    Also, it would seem likely that perhaps the original question was posted by you so you could reply to it under a different username and promote your software.

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    Rob Kuhn

    Two options:

    1. Send it to a data recovery center. I had a drive were the motor had frozen up (the bearings were shot and it made a very high squeal sound). I sent it off to a local hard drive data recovery center and they said the platters and heads were good so they were able to read the data off the platters for us. Because of this they were able to provide us a listing of the files it could recover. I presented it to the user and she was able to select the files she needed. This was a cheap recovery. If I recall it set her department back $4K USD (this was back in 2004). She needed the data and since then she became real diligent at backing up her data and saving to the network -- often! :)

    2. I don't recommend this but I have done this a few times with a hit-and-miss outcome. If you have another drive, same make and model, you can attempt to swap out the internals yourself. In situations like this the cost to have it recovered was more than it was worth so I had nothing really to lose. Sometimes all I needed to do was to swap out the external circuit board, on others I transplanted the entire intenrals. Just be careful not to get your fingerprint or any oil from your skin on anything! Try to work in the cleanest environment as possible.

    HTH ... Best of luck!

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    the_fifth_horseman

    Re: 2. Those are desperate options, NOT to be used lightly. ONLY ever use them if the problem is clearly proven to be hardware failure and all other means of recovery are not possible. The first merely risks destruction of the drive, the other guarantees it will happen (just not immediately).

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    Rob Kuhn

    Yes. #2 is only if tjere are no other options available. In most of my cases it was te external circuit/controller board that was bad.

    But if the motor is shot then there's no choice but to pop the cover and do a transplant. I've done this 3 times in my 20 years of doing IT. :) And each of those times the drive was considered "lost" so I had nothing to lose.

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    shanewarner2012

    I suggest you can check supporting file may be corrupted or missing so try to repair not hard disk. For more information you can read given post http://diskrecoverysoftware.blog.com/category/data-recovery/

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    Puma4927

    Try Recuva its free

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    mmanning

    I swear by R-Studio at www.r-studio.com this has saved me time and time again in hard drive failure.

    Where are you located, depending on how valuable the data is you could buy the software or send it to me and i will do it for you for a small fee as i have the software already.

    Mo

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    Rob Kuhn

    As he states in a reply: "As far as we know the OP drive is toast with bearings glued into a molten blob"

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    dion.shaw

    Robo_dev21 and PurpleSkys are correct.

    In order to answer the question, we would need to know if the drive is dead (recovery service is best bet) or simply inaccessible (can use a Linux run-time cd or Apricorn Y-connector).

    If you can answer these questions Jalina, we can point you to the next step.

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    dion.shaw

    Always backup data that you can't afford to lose! Your company should have a policy in place for backing up data. If not, time to implement one!

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    the_fifth_horseman

    If the laptop was company-issued they'd have already taken it to their company's IT department. Leading to the conclusion that this is their private computer even if it has work-related documents on it.

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    dayen

    I got to vote for robo_dev and Rob Kuhn, it's another day in IT were the whole story is one big ?. hands on is the only way to know most of the time

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    abhishek321

    You can use either of one bootable tools to recovery your important files from HDD.

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    techformore

    Don't be worry. Sometimes it is really common for us to last our files.What you should do is to find a data recovery freeware to help you, such as Recuva and iCare data recovery free. they are both effective and free. i have ever used Recuva to recover my MP4, it is really useful and worth trying.you could download it in this link:
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    important official work

    To me this means that the data simply must be recovered and there is no possibility of loosing it which is acceptable.

    The only answer to offer under those conditions is to send the drive to a Specialist Data Recovery House who is capable of reading the platters directly and not relying on any other part of the drive to actually be working.

    Sure it's going to be expensive but if you simply must recover the data that is your best bet and if it is possible to recover they will be able to do it.

    Any of the above suggestions which say use whatever software is not an Option here as the data must be recovered and it's loss is unacceptable under any circumstance. The more that the OP messes unsuccessfully with the drive the lower the chances of a Complete Recovery are and they are making that Recovery Attempt much more expensive so the best advice anyone could give here is to send it to a Specialist who has a History of Recovering Data of severely damaged HDD.

    I would recommend Kroll Ontrack as they managed to get data off a HDD that was on-board Colombia months after it's destruction on Reentry into the Earths Atmosphere where as most other so called Data Recovery Houses wouldn't have touched the drive to begin with.

    Just my 2 cents worth though and if it would Just be Nice to recover the data and it's loss isn't such an issue then any of the above Software Suggestions may work but equally they just as likely may not depending on what is actually wrong with the drive.

    I should also point out if the drive was Encrypted none of the above suggestions will enable any form of Readable Data Recovery they all will just enable the OP to recover the Encrypted Files which will remain Unreadable no matter what they attempt to do with them. However the Good Data Recovery Houses will be able to recover Encrypted Files in a readable form so that they are usable.

    Col

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    robo_dev

    As far as we know the OP drive is toast with bearings glued into a molten blob, thus sir-spam-a-lot, your software may not be of much use.

    Also, it would seem likely that perhaps the original question was posted by you so you could reply to it under a different username and promote your software.

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    Rob Kuhn

    Two options:

    1. Send it to a data recovery center. I had a drive were the motor had frozen up (the bearings were shot and it made a very high squeal sound). I sent it off to a local hard drive data recovery center and they said the platters and heads were good so they were able to read the data off the platters for us. Because of this they were able to provide us a listing of the files it could recover. I presented it to the user and she was able to select the files she needed. This was a cheap recovery. If I recall it set her department back $4K USD (this was back in 2004). She needed the data and since then she became real diligent at backing up her data and saving to the network -- often! :)

    2. I don't recommend this but I have done this a few times with a hit-and-miss outcome. If you have another drive, same make and model, you can attempt to swap out the internals yourself. In situations like this the cost to have it recovered was more than it was worth so I had nothing really to lose. Sometimes all I needed to do was to swap out the external circuit board, on others I transplanted the entire intenrals. Just be careful not to get your fingerprint or any oil from your skin on anything! Try to work in the cleanest environment as possible.

    HTH ... Best of luck!

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    the_fifth_horseman

    Re: 2. Those are desperate options, NOT to be used lightly. ONLY ever use them if the problem is clearly proven to be hardware failure and all other means of recovery are not possible. The first merely risks destruction of the drive, the other guarantees it will happen (just not immediately).

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    Rob Kuhn

    Yes. #2 is only if tjere are no other options available. In most of my cases it was te external circuit/controller board that was bad.

    But if the motor is shot then there's no choice but to pop the cover and do a transplant. I've done this 3 times in my 20 years of doing IT. :) And each of those times the drive was considered "lost" so I had nothing to lose.

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    shanewarner2012

    I suggest you can check supporting file may be corrupted or missing so try to repair not hard disk. For more information you can read given post http://diskrecoverysoftware.blog.com/category/data-recovery/

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    Puma4927

    Try Recuva its free

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    mmanning

    I swear by R-Studio at www.r-studio.com this has saved me time and time again in hard drive failure.

    Where are you located, depending on how valuable the data is you could buy the software or send it to me and i will do it for you for a small fee as i have the software already.

    Mo

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    Rob Kuhn

    As he states in a reply: "As far as we know the OP drive is toast with bearings glued into a molten blob"

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    dion.shaw

    Robo_dev21 and PurpleSkys are correct.

    In order to answer the question, we would need to know if the drive is dead (recovery service is best bet) or simply inaccessible (can use a Linux run-time cd or Apricorn Y-connector).

    If you can answer these questions Jalina, we can point you to the next step.

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    dion.shaw

    Always backup data that you can't afford to lose! Your company should have a policy in place for backing up data. If not, time to implement one!

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    the_fifth_horseman

    If the laptop was company-issued they'd have already taken it to their company's IT department. Leading to the conclusion that this is their private computer even if it has work-related documents on it.

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    dayen

    I got to vote for robo_dev and Rob Kuhn, it's another day in IT were the whole story is one big ?. hands on is the only way to know most of the time

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    abhishek321

    You can use either of one bootable tools to recovery your important files from HDD.

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    techformore

    Don't be worry. Sometimes it is really common for us to last our files.What you should do is to find a data recovery freeware to help you, such as Recuva and iCare data recovery free. they are both effective and free. i have ever used Recuva to recover my MP4, it is really useful and worth trying.you could download it in this link:
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    important official work

    To me this means that the data simply must be recovered and there is no possibility of loosing it which is acceptable.

    The only answer to offer under those conditions is to send the drive to a Specialist Data Recovery House who is capable of reading the platters directly and not relying on any other part of the drive to actually be working.

    Sure it's going to be expensive but if you simply must recover the data that is your best bet and if it is possible to recover they will be able to do it.

    Any of the above suggestions which say use whatever software is not an Option here as the data must be recovered and it's loss is unacceptable under any circumstance. The more that the OP messes unsuccessfully with the drive the lower the chances of a Complete Recovery are and they are making that Recovery Attempt much more expensive so the best advice anyone could give here is to send it to a Specialist who has a History of Recovering Data of severely damaged HDD.

    I would recommend Kroll Ontrack as they managed to get data off a HDD that was on-board Colombia months after it's destruction on Reentry into the Earths Atmosphere where as most other so called Data Recovery Houses wouldn't have touched the drive to begin with.

    Just my 2 cents worth though and if it would Just be Nice to recover the data and it's loss isn't such an issue then any of the above Software Suggestions may work but equally they just as likely may not depending on what is actually wrong with the drive.

    I should also point out if the drive was Encrypted none of the above suggestions will enable any form of Readable Data Recovery they all will just enable the OP to recover the Encrypted Files which will remain Unreadable no matter what they attempt to do with them. However the Good Data Recovery Houses will be able to recover Encrypted Files in a readable form so that they are usable.

    Col