Data recovery from dead HDD

By salmanjaved78 ·
i recently lost my 160 gb seagate SATA Hard drive due to the fact that windows was not detecting my HDD anymore.

i need to know if there is any software that can recover my important files from the hard disk without any further damage to the HDD.

my PC is DELL GX280 with 2gb ram and 3 ghz processor.

thanks in advance

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Well you can try the easy things here but

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Data recovery from dead H ...

If this is Important Data you really should send the Drive to a Data Recovery Specialist as it will be cheaper and more likely to get a Full Recovery than if you start messing with the Drive.

First thing you need to do if it would just be Nice to recover the Data is to make sure that the Dell is actually seeing the HDD in BIOS. If it's not there isn't much you can do as the drive is no longer working but you can use Seatools to check the correct Function of the Drive the DOS Version is available here


You'll need to make a Boot Disc if you don't already have one and add the Seatools files to that.

If the drive fails the first test remove it from the computer fit it to another suitable computer and retest. If it still fails the Drive is Dead and needs replacing but if it passes the second test the Power Supply, Data Lead, or M'Board is faulty and needs repair.

if it passes the tests you can fit the HDD to either a External USB Case or a USB Adapter




And use the drive there with a working computer just remember to save any recovered Data to the Computer that it is attached to or another External HDD.

As for Software to recovery Data off a working HDD here is a short list of the more highly recommended ones by TR peers














While the last 2 are from the same company they are very different products. Win Hex should only be considered foe use by someone who knows Hex Inside Out while Davory is a great cheap General Purpose Application.

Personally I prefer the On Track Option but it's anything but cheap. However because I use this type of software a lot it's paid for itself many times over by now, for a cheaper option Spin Rite from Gibson Research or Stella have both very good reputations by other TR members.


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