Data Recovery on a Harddrive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 200gb hard driv...
March 24, 2010 at 17:17:06
Specs: Windows Vista 64, Quad Core Duo / 8 Gigs
This hard drive crashed for unknown reason.
Previously it was my primary drive. I now am
trying to connect it up to get data off of it, but
when I go to Computer Management / Storage
/ Disk Management
This disk shows up, but it says, "You must
initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager
can access it."

I am concerned that doing this step will
ultimately make recovery of the data more

Can anyone suggest a better way for me to
fish the data off this drive? Or is it safe for me
to initiale the disk?

Thank you in advance.

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March 24, 2010 at 18:38:43
Might see if testdisk (program to recover disks) would work or's product.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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March 24, 2010 at 20:17:57
"This disk shows up, but it says, "You must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it."'

That is very strange! The Disk Manager 'has' to be able to access un-initialized disks, since he is the one that does the initializing.

Try it on another system. But don't initialize it, just try a file recovery program.

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March 25, 2010 at 23:57:31
Hi Finnyd,

sorry the other fella didn't have a definitive answer for you.

You will need to attempt a data recovery but this will require some simple software and a little instruction. If this is a secondary drive(I assume) then ignore the first part about going to a different computer)

Please refer to my existing article in our companies self help section for all the details you will need on recovering from a logical failure. Once you have recovered your files, you can then re-initialize and reformat the drive, but never trust a single device. Keep it backed up on at least one other device if not more.

Also if you cannot retrieve the data through simple recovery techniques, feel free to submit it for professional recovery if the data is worth said effort.


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