Recover 700 GB of rare concert footage from broken USB HDD

January 6, 2016 at 02:21:11
Specs: Windows 7
I had an extrernal harddrive that broke, I then installed it into my desktop pc and it worked fine. It would prompt discrecovery every time I booted the pc up but it never fixed (the 2 times I actually went through it) anything to go through the process and it took 4+ hours so I disabled that. And now a few days later the harddrive stopped working entirely. It is not recognized in windows and I've tried to find the drive in easeUS data recovery wizard but it seems to not be possible.

Is there anything I can do to recover the data? I have about 700 GB of rare concert footage stored on there and it would be a huge loss for me to not be able to recover any of it. It took me many years to build this collection.

Thanks for your help.

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January 6, 2016 at 02:47:24
Any recovery must be done with the drive as slave.

Try this.

Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition
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How to Boot a Computer from a Lazesoft Recovery USB Device

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January 6, 2016 at 05:38:23
Presuming the suggestions from Johnw work for you... Once you have recovered the information... make DVD copies of it all; and as it is valuable to you - make two sets. Check them carefully and store (suitably labeled) in safe and separate locations.

Also useful to have a copy on an external usb hard drive; which store safely too. Also regularly check and update the copies.

Edited by trvlr to correct a typo...

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January 6, 2016 at 05:59:32
I am working on it now but it seems like my USB stick is broken since I just get a disk error when I try to boot from it. I will have to find another solution to start the data recovery (as in buying a new usb stick).

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January 6, 2016 at 06:16:17
bahra, my info is wrong, sorry. Click on Data Recovery & then Deep Scan.

Or use this.

Lazesoft Data Recovery Home

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January 6, 2016 at 07:21:14
Yea I figured that out by myself :D

But I have no device to boot from at the moment since the USB stick doesn't work, so I will have to figure it out later.

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January 6, 2016 at 16:57:26
"USB stick doesn't work"
Make sure it is formatted to NTFS.

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January 12, 2016 at 22:44:38
Hey guys thanks for the help, miraculously the harddrive came back to life today. So it's fully functional at the moment, except that windows displays error messages routinely. I just need to back it up now that it's working again.

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January 12, 2016 at 23:14:01
"I just need to back it up now that it's working again"
Safest way, is to slave it to a good comp & then backup.

Once you have done that, put it back & run Lazesoft.

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January 13, 2016 at 02:00:35
Definitely "back it up". as in copy all critical files to both a known good hard drive, and also to DVD. why both media? Chances of both media going down at the same time (barring phyre, phluds etc...) is pretty remote?

If there are files you'd be "devastated" to lose, then make two sets of DVDs. Keep all copies safely labeled in separate places for obvious reasons.

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