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By kdyates ·
Mother board fried. Tried to move HDD to 2 defferent XP machines as both secondary drive and as primary on second IDE channel. Can see Hdd in BIOS and System Properties but does not show up in Explorer so I can copy data off. Tried a Win98 machine also, same problem. Please help me recover this data as I am a dummy and didn't have a recent backup

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by BFilmFan In reply to PC Dead Need to salvage d ...

Did you modify the jumper settings to change it to a slave drive?

There is a potential that the BIOS will see the hard disk, but it too has been fried.

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Sounds like it is time to send it to the data recovery folks then.

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by kdyates In reply to PC Dead Need to salvage d ...

Yes, jumpers were changed and double checked by another PC tech. BIOS in all 3 new PC's was checked and verified. I'm thinking the Hdd is fried as you say.
Thanks

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by JamesRL In reply to PC Dead Need to salvage d ...

Maybe not.

I had a similar situation about 6 months ago, where I had set up all the jumpers correctly, but couldn't see the HD. Sometimes its just the partition information is corrupted, so it can't be mounted.

I downloaded a few utilities from the net, some could see the files, so I found a utility that could copy the files onto my primary disk. Sorry I don't remember which one I used, but some of the vendors like OnTrack have try before you buy. Like you I was close to taking it to a data recovery specialist, but I pulled an all nighter and managed to save it.

James

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by kdyates In reply to PC Dead Need to salvage d ...

James, thanks for making me feel sane again. I never felt the drive was bad, it just fidn't act like it is totaled. I sure would like to know what you used to get to the data. anyone else have a clue???? I thought the partition info was the cause when Disk Manager showed the drive but no partitions. The only option that DM gave was to re-partition/format.
Thanks, I will keep looking for a utility to help recover.

Ken

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by mail In reply to PC Dead Need to salvage d ...

If the drive spins then you can recover data. If not, you can still get your data back, but it's gonna' cost you a lot more.

If the drive spins when you slave it up on the working computer, can you see it in the Disk Manager (Control Panel/Computer Management/Disk Manager)? What does the Disk Manager say about the drive? Healthy?

Yes - but you still can't see it in Windows? Try restarting again with the drive attached.

Can you see it in DOS? Do you know someone who can copy in DOS?

I can't really tell you how to get Windows explorer to see the drive if disk manager sees it and it's healthy.

If you have to get outside help:

How critical is the data and how much are you ready to spend?

Not critical/not sensitive and can spend $50: take it to the technicians at Comp USA.

Critical/Sensitive: find a computer forensic specialist in your town, or ship it to one out of state. They can recover the data for a fee ranging from $300 - $900.

Computer forensics usually falls under the category of Electronic Discovery/Digital Discovery. Here's a link to a whole bunch of vendors.

http://www.sochaconsulting.com/vendors.php

If the drive is truly "fried" - i.e. won't spin, then you might consider the following company: http://www.drivesavers.com/. But recovery here is usually north of $2,000.

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by mail In reply to PC Dead Need to salvage d ...

If the drive spins then you can recover data. If not, you can still get your data back, but it's gonna' cost you a lot more.

If the drive spins when you slave it up on the working computer, can you see it in the Disk Manager (Control Panel/Computer Management/Disk Manager)? What does the Disk Manager say about the drive? Healthy?

Yes - but you still can't see it in Windows? Try restarting again with the drive attached.

Can you see it in DOS? Do you know someone who can copy in DOS?

I can't really tell you how to get Windows explorer to see the drive if disk manager sees it and it's healthy.

If you have to get outside help:

How critical is the data and how much are you ready to spend?

Not critical/not sensitive and can spend $50: take it to the technicians at Comp USA.

Critical/Sensitive: find a computer forensic specialist in your town, or ship it to one out of state. They can recover the data for a fee ranging from $300 - $900.

Computer forensics usually falls under the category of Electronic Discovery/Digital Discovery. Here's a link to a whole bunch of vendors.

http://www.sochaconsulting.com/vendors.php

If the drive is truly "fried" - i.e. won't spin, then you might consider the following company: http://www.drivesavers.com/. But recovery here is usually north of $2,000.

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by ctrservices In reply to PC Dead Need to salvage d ...

Both the Emergency Boot CD http://ebcd.pcministry.com/ and the Ultimate Boot CD http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ should be able to help.

By the way, why not first try to boot the disc in a good computer as master (with no slave drive attached). Also, try it in Safe Mode if that doesn't work.

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by diskaus In reply to PC Dead Need to salvage d ...

I have also had a similar problem , if I remember correctly I think you have to have Administrator rights and also know the Administrator password for the old drive before you can access any data on the old drive ( this was in an XP machine)
Hope this helps

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Also you need to set permissions to be able to read the other hdd

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