Solved Looking for software to detect hard disk after 50 cms crash

January 10, 2012 at 00:48:44
Specs: Windows XP, i5 2500K
My WD harddisk isn't detected anymore after it fell.
I'm trying to find a software to DETECT my hard disk as it was before the crash.
It seems to me that there were softwares like that under LINUX or BSD.
I have WINDOWS versions of LINUX, but nothing to do that in them.


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#1
January 10, 2012 at 01:49:29
Is this an external hard disk that connects to your computer through USB port ?

CoolGuy


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#2
January 10, 2012 at 01:56:53
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"I have WINDOWS versions of LINUX"

That doesn't make sense. Windows is Windows. Linux is Linux. They have nothing in common.

If the hard drive is physically damaged, that may be the end of it.
You can confirm if it's physically damaged by testing it with the drive maker's diagnostic software. Links here: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm...


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#3
January 10, 2012 at 05:26:23
yes (USB2)

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#4
January 10, 2012 at 05:29:35
In the past, I've read some hardware under LINUX because I couldn't read it with Windows.
REM: under WINDOWS, there are LINUX emulators (CYGWIN, MINGW)

xcuse me, but what does mean EIDE?
Extended I guess, not External...


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#5
January 10, 2012 at 05:31:30
If it is not detected at one port, then try another port first and then another computer. If you use extension cable, do not use it. Connect USB HDD directly with its own short cable. If still no go, then the internals of the USB HDD may be damaged, though they are rather tough.

CoolGuy


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#6
January 10, 2012 at 05:40:27
This is the most logical response, but, The communication LED works, so the computer detect it, but I can't find it anywhere neither with BIOS neither with WINDOWS XP.

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#7
January 10, 2012 at 05:52:46
ok pip22, I test WinDlg_124 which seems to do what I need, let's see....
Well, my external HD isn't detected even
with this software...

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#8
January 10, 2012 at 06:35:49
The communication LED is/may be electrically connected to the HDD control circuitry only, but the mechanical part, HDD platter and the read head, may have been damaged. Therefore, the LED may flash as if data is being transferred, whereas data cannot go further than the control circuitry. Of course, mine is an assumption.

CoolGuy


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#9
January 10, 2012 at 06:47:39
good assumption, but I guess that this LED is on when the disk works (turn in the box) and blink when it is read ... not?
Now, it is on.
And it has also been blinking. Even if the blinking is very rare.

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#10
January 10, 2012 at 07:15:52
A 50 cm fall is a pretty serious fall. I expect that this has caused serious internal damage and as a result the BIOS is unable to detect the drive. It is highly doubtful that there is a software solution to your problem. You might conceivably find some some software that can detect the drive (doubtful) but you will not be able to read anything from it. Most likely the only possibility of data recovery is commercial data recovery.

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#11
January 10, 2012 at 07:22:11
If it isn't detected by the BIOS then it won't make any difference whether you use Windows or Linux because they both rely on the BIOS before the OS starts.

The flashing light means very little, the circuitry within the enclosure could be doing anything when the light flashes.

External drives are usually just a standard harddrive housed inside an enclosure, so the next stage would be to see if you can dismantle the enclosure to get the drive out so that you can connect it directly to a computer. Do a Google search to see if anyone has ever taken apart the particular model of drive you have - unfortunately they are rarely made to be user-accessible, but someone may have done it.

Alternatively, as already mentioned, a commercial recovery service is the next option - expensive, but not as bad as it used to be.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#12
January 10, 2012 at 07:52:16
OK guys,

I just have to blame myself to have been so awkward!

I'll do my possible to save the most possible starting from your advices.

THANK'S TO EACH ONE OF YOU.


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