Dead HD as slave == no boot V

February 15, 2009 at 14:26:32
Specs: Vista/Ubuntu
I have a 'dead' hard drive that I need to get some data from. The hard drive used to have XP on it and when attempting to boot from it I only get a "Disk Read Error". So I assume it is dead to some degree.

BIOS still sees it, so I figure that it still may be possible to recover data from it.

The thing is that when I attach it as a slave to a system that has both Vista and Ubuntu on it, neither will boot up. Both just hang on a black screen after the initial 'moving bar' phase.

I booted DSL(Damn Small Linux) from a USB drive just fine but I got errors trying to mount that HD, others were fine. So is this drive truly dead? Or is there something I can do?

Also, what exactly on the HD do you guys think is busted?

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February 15, 2009 at 16:11:31
Bios seeing it is a start. Shows that the memory chip on the drive is still OK and a few of the data lines are intact. We used to hide info in the memory region of the hard drive for testing.

All that doesn't prove that the platten can deliver any data to the OS.

The simple answer is if you can't mount it you can't easily get data off. You could mount it raw and use it that way but it gets complex.

Might look at barts/ubcd4win and unstoppable copier or some of the diag tools offered at and others.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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