how can i get data from damaged external HDD

June 21, 2011 at 08:06:04
Specs: Windows xp 3
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June 21, 2011 at 09:20:16
There is no universal solution to this problem.
The most appropriate solution depends a great deal on the nature of the damage. Recovery may be quite simple or it may require the services of commercial data recovery. Without further information it would be inappropriate (and may pose a risk to your data) to make any specific suggestions. The wrong method could make recovery much more difficult or impossible.

How did the damage occur? What are the symptoms? Is the drive visible in Disk Manager? Provide as much meaningful information as you can.

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July 26, 2011 at 23:07:44
I have a similar problem.

My mini-usb plugin on my external HD, WD My Book Essential 1.5 TB, broke. I tried several things to get it back on, everything from soldering it to using super glue... Nothing worked. So I took the HD out and put it directly into my computer. It is recognized in the BIOS and in disk management, but not under my computer and in disk management is shows as unallocated and it wants me to initialize it. Obviously initializing it will get rid of the data so I do not want to do that. I have tried several data/partition recovery tools and none of them work. The most I have gotten is some raw files that register as SWF and a GZ document; now maybe it could be that the GZ being a compressed document contains the files but when I try to open it, it shows as damaged. I am not sure what the SWF files would be being that they are flash files and each are over 1 gb, and I have never heard of extracting data from a flash file or it being used as a compressed document.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: Also, I am using Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mainboard : MSI 785GM-P45 (MS-7623)
Hard Disk : Western Digital WD15EADS-11P8B1 ATA Device (1500GB)
above is the HD that is unallocated

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September 7, 2011 at 15:47:09
I have the same problem, so far no solution found. What have you done with your drive did you got back data from it. Pls help, answer me to

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