Need Recovery

February 25, 2010 at 16:34:32
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
A few days ago my computer wouldn't load up (just a black screen). I have since put a new hard drive in and installed windows on that.

When I put my old hard drive in as well (as a slave), there seems to be MAJOR problems. Some things are there but the majority of my files are not. In the folder where I keep my beloved documents, there are a few items but only up to 'anniversary' and in alphabetical order!

I have done a thorough scan with Avast and the files on the old hard drive could not be scanned. The reason given was either 'data error (cyclic redundancy check)' or 'drive cannot find sector requested'.

The computer also has trouble loading now and sometimes won't load at all with the hard drive making a terrible clicking noise.

I tried running the free version of Data Doctor Recovery. It took AGES (8 hours) to scan the drive then when I clicked on the button to recover files, it got to 99% complete then stopped. I left it overnight but still no progress however the program didn't seem to crash as I could use help and exit. I don't know if this is because it was the free version?

I just wondered what anyones advice was other than take the hard drive to a shop. Does anyone know of any good software which could possibly recover any files?

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February 25, 2010 at 17:00:03
The clicking means the hard drive is on it's last may be too late to retrieve your data without taking it to a professional. Or for a last-ditch effort, you can try the "freezer trick":

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