Recovery Software for Damaged Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Memory and Storage' started by mogans, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. mogans

    mogans Member

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    Hi,

    Im using Western digital 1tb passport portable hard drive.Yesterday,i accidentally dropped my hard drive on the floor.When i plugged back,the system recognizes the hard drive,but im unable to open it in my computer.

    I need to recover my files from that hard drive.Please suggest me some good software or other options.
     
  2. Elixer

    Elixer Diamond Member

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    I would get a new 1TB drive, and clone that over to it, and finally, use testdisk (free).

    That is the 'safe' way of doing it.
     
  3. mogans

    mogans Member

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the information.
    Can you guide me, how to clone over it in a new Hard disk.


    Thanks.
     
  4. Elixer

    Elixer Diamond Member

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    You can use the image software that comes with most drives (you download it from the maker's web site), or use one of the many free ones available, like clonezilla, or EaseUS free edition, or macrium reflect (free edition), or ...
    Then just plug in both HDs, and tell the software to clone it over to the new drive.
     
  5. tweakboy

    tweakboy Diamond Member

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    I used to do HD data recovery over 10 years ago with my old man.

    If the drive is in working condition the cost to get your stuff back is 600 to 1000k depending on how much they need to recover probably more. In your case you broke it and it ticks when you connect it so you need to send it into lab so they can physically restore the information on the drive. Its going to cost you at least 5k

    Look around theres a lot of companies that do it. But the price is steep if its a broken hard drive, but it can be recovered, just it will empty your bank acc. gl
     
  6. AnitaPeterson

    AnitaPeterson Diamond Member

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    Come on, folks, don't scare the newb!

    Before talking about horrible, expensive procedures to recover data, try a few softare packages that might be able to get back the files...

    OP, read these threads... maybe do a search in the "Software" forum:

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2256552&highlight=data+recovery
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2092330&highlight=data+recovery
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2205391&highlight=data+recovery
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2227089&highlight=data+recovery
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=298052&highlight=data+recovery
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2039359&highlight=data+recovery

    You'll see several programs recommended.
    My own experience lies mainly with Ontrack Easy Recovery Pro and R-Studio, but others say they've had success with other software packages. Look at the options and try.
     
  7. FalseChristian

    FalseChristian Diamond Member

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    I don't know about you but I strongly suggest that noone should drop their hard-drives. Call me crazy.
     
  8. Blain

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    Swing by the house friday after work and we'll tackle it.
    Make sure and bring a good 1TB drive with you besides the dropped drive.
     
  9. Soulkeeper

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    I was able to recover maybe 80% of the data off a dropped portable HD recently.
    It was from a laptop that had been dropped while running.
    I suspect it just left a horrible scratch as the head smacked the platter and dragged, leaving that area worthless.

    I just mounted it in linux and did a cp -a on it.
    It'd just fail accessing certain dirs/files, and keep going getting what it could.
    Of course this took hours and the drive made horrible sounds, but eventually I got most the data (and luckily all the important stuff like emails).
     
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  10. corkyg

    corkyg Elite Member<br>Super Moderator <br>Peripherals
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    If the drive cannot be "seen," how can it be cloned?
     
  11. Blain

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    You don't need a PC to clone drives... Click Here ;)
     
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