SATA dead drive data recovery

By irishballr ·
I have a SATA Seagate drive that crashed a day ago. My BIOS does not detect it anymore and I want to recover my data(I know I should have backed my data, lesson learned!). I just bought a new HDD. I understand that SATA drives do not have an option to set Master and slave. Can anyone suggest a way I could recover my data. My last option is to take it to one of the experts. Thanks for your help.

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First thing that comes to mind...

by OnTheRopes In reply to SATA dead drive data reco ...

Use an external USB enclosure for your 'bad' drive. Also, I'm not 100% certain but I believe that if you connect your 'dead' HD to any position other than SATA 0, the one where your OS is on the HD, you should be able to read it unless it truly is dead.

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I don't think its completely dead

by irishballr In reply to First thing that comes to ...

The stores are closed here now. I will buy one tomorrow morning to try the external enclosure. As far as the a different position goes, it does not seem to work. I don't think its completely dead, since I can hear it spin and click for maybe like 5 minutes before it stops. I can also hear some moving parts in my drive. Hopefully the external enclosure will work. Thanks for your help!

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From your description here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I don't think its complet ...

The Circuit Board on the HDD has failed. This is a job for the professionals if you have any Important Data Stored on this drive. The more that you mess around with it now the more that it's going to cost you to get the data recovered if it's at all possible. If you do the wrong thing now it is entirelly possible to render it impossible to recover the data that you are trying to get to.

If it is the Circuit Board that has failed there isn't anything you can to to recover your data so just send it off to the Professionals. I don't know if you are aware of this but Seagate has a Data Recovery Service they may be of some asistance and they would have access to all of the necessary Seagate Hardware.


Now it is time for you to impelment a Backup Solution so that you are never in this position again. You need to rember there are only 2 types of Computer Users those who have lost all theirt Data and those who are going to loose it. Once it happens to you once you take steps to prevent it happening again and then you discover that the heap alternative you first took doewsn't work either and you really need to backup properly to safe guard your Data.


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If your BIOS

by Jacky Howe In reply to SATA dead drive data reco ...

isn't detecting it there is a possibility that the Controller card has failed. You still won't be able to access it through USB.

If the Data is that important you could use someone like OnTrack. It will cost a bit though.


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You can try this software, i have this and it is very good..


Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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