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  • Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

    I could use some advice here. Just for the record I was getting ready to make a backup to an external drive when my PC died. Just heard a click and it was gone.

    Interesting note is that over at the Dell forum, several other people had the same experience yesterday...could it be a coincidence???

    Any help or advice before I go the $$ route would be greatly appreciated!
    Robin

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    Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

    Try the disk in another computer as a 2nd drive(not primary).
    Lots of possibilities here including it not being the disk at all. Usually they start a rapid clicking before total failure. Not always.
    Be ready to back it up if it happens to work.
    Dave Mason
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    • #3
      Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

      Just heard a click and it was gone.
      what happened after that? whenever you restart the computer it is dead not even waking up or it makes clicking noise repeatedly and does not boot up?

      in any case the computer memory has the power when still connected to the power source what ever happened last it will remeber. so disconnect he computer leave it off for awhile, then press the power button hold it for few minutes that will purge any residual power in the circuit board. after few minutes re-plug, restart the computer. if the computer starts back up everything you need to a usb drive. when you are happy then make a recovery usb ( separate one not on the same usb backup) and reformat the hard drive and restore.
      while this seems an expert's advise on data restoration, I am not a data recovery expert.
      I was able to get the data by following the above steps which was in dell site. one time. and my scenario may be different from yours so may be useful or may be not.
      thanks for reading

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      • #4
        Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

        Some more details might help.

        What's gone? Is there still power to the monitor? Is the power light still on for the PC itself? You may have just had a PC power supply failure and the hard disk may be fine.
        Last edited by Stan Mathews; 04-21-2016, 10:20 AM.
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        • #5
          Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

          All the peripherals work so power is ok. When I rebooted and went into the utility setup it said I have no disks installed.

          I will try Ghandi's suggestion and let you know how that goes. Then I will try Dave's idea if necessary.

          Thanks guys.
          Robin

          Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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          • #6
            Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

            When I back up - icloud, onedrive and local solid state drive (all three) - way to heart breaking losing work - done it one, never gain.
            Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
            Albert Einstein, (attributed)
            US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)

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            • #7
              Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

              Robin,

              Problem is everything you try will potentially end up in the disk becoming more damaged. Best bet is to remove it as soon as possible and get an expert (and I mean AN EXPERT) to try and recover what they can. Alternatively, if all you've lost is a day's work it would probably be cheaper to just replace the disk and restore from your latest backup.

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              • #8
                Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

                Update:

                Geek Squad is the best! They recovered my entire hard drive and my Alpha files are intact. And it only cost $500 (2 hours).

                Now if I can just wait patiently for the 10 days til I actually get them...
                Robin

                Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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                • #9
                  Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

                  Hi Robin,

                  If your computer died, which means the Mother Board is dead or the Power Supply is dead then more likely the HD is just fine. When you place that Hard Disk in another computer you simply copy the data. I have done that for several of my clients. It could be that some cable was disconnected from the HD and the Mother Board could not see that anymore. In your case it seems one of the above otherwise it will require more then 2 hours.

                  Regards,

                  Doron
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                  • #10
                    Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

                    Hi Doron,
                    Well I have learned a lot since this experience. If I hadn't of panicked and waited a bit, I am sure I could have saved some money. But my Alpha files were all that I really needed from that drive and it was worth the $$ to be able to get them back. The first person who tested it did confirm that it was the drive itself that was dead. They will probably tell me more when I go to pick of the new usb drive.
                    Robin

                    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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                    • #11
                      Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

                      When this does happen (hard drive fails) or you suspect it has happened it is best to remove the harddrive from tthe computer. Any additional activety with the drive as the primary drive can cause changes on the drive and make things worse.

                      You can obtains a USB to harddrive adapter for under $40 well worth the money in these situations. This should allow you to connect the drive to any other working computer. If the OS on the other computer recognises the drive and mounts it you may be able to use get data back to recovery your files. This program is quite easy to use and the trial downloads will let you at least see your files.

                      As a last ditch attempt try placing the drive in freezer over night The temperature can possititively affect the mechanical tolerances just enought to allow the drive to operate, till it warms up again. I know it sounds foolsihness, but had it work once, mind you just once. If you do try this be aware you will get condensation on the drive as it exposed to the warm air, which is not a ood thing.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

                        NTFS Get Back is a good program to recover data. You need to pull the drive and put it into a working computer to run the program.
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                          Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

                          Did a recovery for a company back in the 1990's where the drive electronics had failed amongst other problems.

                          Bought an identical new drive and moved the disks from the old to the new. It worked and was able to retrieve everything. Then destroyed both drives. Once opened, they will only run 1- 5 times because of dirt.
                          Dave Mason
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                            Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

                            Now days 90% of the time a HD failure is the result of the circuit board on the HD failing. Depending on the drive it can be a simple as the contacts have become dirty and simply removing the circuit board, cleaning the contacts and replacing it will get the drive going again.

                            With serial ATA drives in most cases if the circuit board has failed and needs to be replaced, there are three types. One requires no more than replacing the board with an identical one. Another requires replacing the board along with pulling the bias chip from the old board and putting it on the new board. The third type is beyond doing it at home.

                            It is not that hard to replace the circuit board. Search Ebay for the control circuit board for your drive. Make sure you get the same bias date. Get the small trox screwdriver it takes to remove the board. Replace the board. Put the drive in a docking station and see if it is now recognized.

                            Don't want to try this yourself? There are services that will do it for you for a $100.00 or less.

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                              Re: Data Recovery for Hard Disk Crash

                              Originally posted by pboomwork View Post
                              When this does happen (hard drive fails) or you suspect it has happened it is best to remove the harddrive from tthe computer. Any additional activety with the drive as the primary drive can cause changes on the drive and make things worse.

                              You can obtains a USB to harddrive adapter for under $40 well worth the money in these situations. This should allow you to connect the drive to any other working computer. If the OS on the other computer recognises the drive and mounts it you may be able to use get data back to recovery your files. This program is quite easy to use and the trial downloads will let you at least see your files.

                              As a last ditch attempt try placing the drive in freezer over night The temperature can possititively affect the mechanical tolerances just enought to allow the drive to operate, till it warms up again. I know it sounds foolsihness, but had it work once, mind you just once. If you do try this be aware you will get condensation on the drive as it exposed to the warm air, which is not a ood thing.

                              I am hungry i would like harddriveburger of even perhaps a hardrive lollypop from the freezer

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