HDD failure - Software to extract files

Discussion in 'Computing' started by alc, Jul 11, 2004.

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    alc Guest

    Hi to all,

    I have a HDD of 40gigs that produces a fault that makes it unreadable &
    also any slave connected to same ribbon. I have heard there is software
    available to read drives and recover most files.

    Can someone point me in the right direction please.

    Regards,

    Allan
     
    alc, Jul 11, 2004
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Not in the particular situation.

    That recovery software approach only works when the directory
    structures have got scrambled etc, not a hardware failure.
    See that bin over there ? That's where it belongs now.
     
    Rod Speed, Jul 12, 2004
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    cyberguides Guest

    Yes, the software won't work on a faulty drive, I've tried it with several
    different programs and they can't do anything. There are businesses that can
    get data off a non-working drive, but these are VERY expensive and so not
    for the average user, just companies that have vital information that is
    lost in a broken drive. I have read that they can even get data back from
    drives that have suffered damage in fires. Sorry, but Rod's right - it's
    junk unless you have money to burn.
     
    cyberguides, Jul 12, 2004
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    *8* Guest

    What I've found is if the drive doesn't show up in bios ther's no way of
    recovering (with software), and sometimes even if it does.

    What I would like to know is the difficulty leval / equipment required
    of taking the disk out of a faulty drive and putting them in a good
    drive to get data I know is on the faulty drive.
    Thanks.
     
    *8*, Jul 12, 2004
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    Ms_Squiggles Guest

    The only suggestion I can think of is for you to obtain another IDENTICAL drive
    and use the circuit board from the 'good' drive on the failed one. Of course
    this will only work if the fault is on the circuit board rather than within the
    mechanism of the drive itself.

    I would not recomend trying to open the drive mechanism as these are assembled
    in a cleanroom environment and even the smallest little bits of dust will cause
    probelms with the heads and possibly even damage the platter surfaces beyond
    recovering any data from the disk.
     
    Ms_Squiggles, Jul 12, 2004
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    Rod Speed Guest

    That isnt 100% correct, there are a few situations
    where the drive wont show up in the bios but the data
    can be read from it anyway with appropriate software.
    Yep, particularly if no useful data can be read
    from the platters due to a failure that prevents that.
    Its non trivial with most modern drives, getting the platters
    mounted so that there isnt any eccentricity in the tracks
    when the platters are in the second drive.

    With some drives its possible to swap the logic card
    between two identical model drives and get the data
    back like that, but quite a few of the latest drives you
    cant even swap the logic card anymore.
     
    Rod Speed, Jul 12, 2004
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    Mr TUBEAMPS Guest

    i recoverd a 6gig drive the other day, it had a scrambled
    boot cruped fat table, i used ezyrecovery 6 ran from ms-dos and got
    all the data, and then did a low level format and
    fixed the drive after buying a new 40gig.

    john
     
    Mr TUBEAMPS, Jul 12, 2004
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    Jeff Cook Guest

    Hardware recovery from a faulty HDD is very expensive but so effective that
    the data that had been overwritten by new data prior to the HDD going belly
    up can be recovered as well. Just ask the FBI...
     
    Jeff Cook, Jul 13, 2004
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    *8* Guest

    Thank you for reply's and corrections.
    The drive in question is mechanically faulty ( grinding ect). The actual
    disks with data would be kept and moving mechanical parts to be
    replaced for good ones,
    which by reading Squigles post is to difficult (without say a Michael
    Jackson bubble room or lab) than replacing/ swapping for good circuit board.
    Though I have only the replacementof the drive to loose being still
    under warranty and lost data recovery to gain.
     
    *8*, Jul 19, 2004
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