IT Dojo: Restore files from a damaged hard drive with ZAR

July 20, 2009, 3:56 AM PST | Length: 400

Hard drive failures are always a nuisance -- if not a disaster -- especially when the backups have gone missing or were never made. Whether it's your own oversight or that of a panicked user, at some point you'll probably attempt to retrieve files from a damaged hard drive. Bill Detwiler shows you how the Zero Assumption Recovery (ZAR) tool can help you find and restore recoverable files from a failed hard drive. Once you’ve watched this IT Dojo video, you can find a link to the original TechRepublic article and print the tip from our IT Dojo Blog.


I watched the video discussing using ZAR to recover files from a damaged hard drive. We are assuming the damaged drive is the primary drive, correct? Could it be possible to recover files from the damaged drive by enlisting it as a secondary drive? Provided there ample SATA or IDE connectors available, this could be a safer and least cost alternative to recover files from a damaged drive. Any thoughts or comments ...