Recovering info from a bad harddrive

I have bad sectors on my harddrive. I hooked it up as a slave on another computer. We can see the harddrive however I cannot locate folders or files related to my profile/account. Then the pc I was using got a virus and I ran two different virus software systems - During both scans I saw it scan the missing folders however I cannot navigate to the file path specified. I use XP. I put the HD back into the original pc and loaded Winternals but still cannot find the missing files/folders when I explore the HD. Seeing as how the virus scans saw my folders and files does this mean that they are recoverable and can I do this on my won without sending it to a recovery specialist?

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HD - a few thoughts

by oldbaritone In reply to Recovering info from a ba ...

First, how's the temperature inside the case? Overheated HDDs do bad things. If the temperature is OK, then you might try a couple of things -

Alternative 1 - Virus is one of the encryption bugs that hides everything into an encrypted file. Find out what it is, there may be a fix available for it. (could be bad news)

Alternative 2 - get a Live CD for a linux distribution (like Ubuntu), boot from the CD, mount the windows drive and see what it can find. (Free)

Alternative 3 - Buy a new drive, and try using a hard-disk crash utility to copy everything from one drive to the other, ignoring errors. That will take a while; I start it running and go to bed. I've had it take as much as a week to run, but most of my data was found and saved. (Drive and software will cost, but many times data is salvageable)

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Re: profile files

by christianshiflet In reply to Recovering info from a ba ...

Have you, by chance, gone into Folder Settings to make sure hidden files and folders as well as protected operating system files are visible? If not, go into the Control Panel, click on Folder Options and select the View tab. From there select the Show hidden files and folders option and un-check the Hide protected operating system files check box.

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Well here it depends on how Important this data is

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Recovering info from a ba ...

If it is is Important to recover you should not mess with the drive just pack it up and send it to a Data Recovery Company and pay the Professionals to recover the Data. It will work out much cheaper and you'll have a higher chance of recovering the Data.

Now if this came off a XP Pro System using EFS you're stuffed either recover from your Backup or send it to a professional to get the data back. These people will have access to Encryption Breakers which you can not get so there isn't an option there at all.

If however it would just be Nice to get the Data Back there are several things you can try here. Start off by mounting the HDD in it's original System booting off the Recovery/Install Disc and enter the Control Panel and run Scandsk/r that will fix any problems on the drive but it may take quite a bit of time to run depending on what is going wrong with the drive.

In a severe case the drive may fail completely but then again if that happens the drive was pretty far gone to begin with and steps should have been taken before it reached this stage.

As listed above when you slaved it to another computer was XP the OS being used there and much more importantly did you Take Ownership of the Files & Folders?;en-us;308421

Also where you allowing Hidden Files and System Files to be shown?

If none of the above work you can try a Data Recovery Application and here is a very short list of some available.

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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