Solved Simple tools to recover data on broken laptop hard drive?

August 3, 2012 at 09:54:56
Specs: Windows 7, 2.2 GHz
I dropped my laptop and when I went to reboot it, it would not load past the blue welcome screen in Windows 7. The laptop was still under warranty so I had HP send me a new hard drive which is now installed.

They are requiring that I send in my old hard drive however I want to attempt to recover the data that is still on that drive. Aside from sending the drive into a service like Seagate is there any solution I can do myself at home with some basic hardware and software?


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#1
August 3, 2012 at 10:09:49
You can try to move it to an external case or connect it to another machine (may need some sort of adapter) and use some tools such as the following:

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Other tools mentioned here:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/filer...

Not being negative, but don't hold out a lot of hope. Dropping a drive can make large parts of it (or all of it) unreadable...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
August 3, 2012 at 10:11:34
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Sounds like the drive may still be functioning. You need to connect it to a Windows NT computer as a secondary drive. You can connect it externally with a USB enclosure or adapter.

I prefer the adapter approach because the adapter I am recommending in the link below has more flexibility. I will work with any IDE/ATA?ATAPI or SATA 2.5", 3.5" or 5.25 drive.

You MAY need to take ownership of the files on the old hard drive. If you have problems then post back for additional help.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#3
August 3, 2012 at 10:23:13
Will that adapter read laptop drives? Briefly watched the video and she only connected full-size desktop optical and hard disk drives.

Oh and why Windows NT machine, I don't have access to one. Can't I just connect the adapter to the USB port on my Windows 7 laptop with the new drive?



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#4
August 3, 2012 at 10:56:50
2.5" would be a standard laptop-size IDE drive. If it's SATA, it won't matter. The adapter at the link OtH provided should work for virtually any modern drive.

You should be able to use a Win7 machine to connect as well...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#5
August 3, 2012 at 11:10:56
U can load linux puppy live disc to see if your files are OK.

You know the real meaning of peace only if you have been through the war.


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#6
August 3, 2012 at 11:16:38
Re #3 for a Windows NT machine: All Windows operating systems after (and including) Windows 2000 are based on Windows NT. Any of them will work for transferring the data.

You've been helped by a 14 year old.


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#7
August 6, 2012 at 09:33:40
Hi
You can retrieve lost data from your broken hard drive using data recovery tool. Even i was able to restore my lost data from hard drive. Download the software from the below given link. Install the software in your system and follow few simple steps to recover your lost data from hard drive.

For more info: http://www.recoverexternaldrive.com...

For Download:
http://www.recoverexternaldrive.com...


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#8
August 7, 2012 at 12:13:07
It Worked! Kind of...

So I bought that exact Vantec adapter, and connected it to my bad HDD. I opened the My Documents folder on the bad drive and started trying to copy the folders. Some of the files within the folders transfer and some do not.

When there is a file that wont transfer, I can put my hand on the drive and feel it trying over and over to read. So what does this mean? What exactly is broken?

And what is the BEST piece of software the pros use to read a disk like this for my situation?


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#9
August 7, 2012 at 17:16:42
Was the laptop turned on when you dropped it? If so it could be the files are in a spot where the read head in the hard drive hit the platter and caused physical damage to the platter. If that's the case, you're going to have a hard time trying to get any data from the damaged area.

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#10
October 17, 2012 at 00:41:36
I lost partition Seagate Momentus XT laptop hard drive due to file system corruption. File system corruption is happening due to virus corruption. Due to virus infection it affects directly on master boot sector due to which partition table get corrupted. In such kind of situation I have used Seagate Momentus hard drive recovery software. by using this software it becomes very easy to restore Seagate Momentus hard drive partition .If you are facing the same problem then you can download the free demo version of the software and you can recover the lost data from your Seagate Momentus hard drive partition.


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