Retrieve Data from a Dead HD - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-27-2010, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 220
Default Retrieve Data from a Dead HD

Hi All,

I have a 80GB Western Digital E/IDE Hard drive. It makes ticking sound and I have been using it as a slave HD. Now the HD is completed dead, windows XP wont even boot when this HD is connected to my primary master HD.

I was wondering how can I retrieve some of the data (Excel spreadsheet) from this dead HD. Any idea?

Thanks in advance
__________________

Discusman is offline  
Old 05-27-2010, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
joelm3103's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: -Trinidad- and Tobago, Caribbean.
Posts: 1,750
Default Re: Retrieve Data from a Dead HD

Quote:
Originally Posted by Discusman View Post
Hi All,

I have a 80GB Western Digital E/IDE Hard drive. It makes ticking sound and I have been using it as a slave HD. Now the HD is completed dead, windows XP wont even boot when this HD is connected to my primary master HD.

I was wondering how can I retrieve some of the data (Excel spreadsheet) from this dead HD. Any idea?

Thanks in advance
You said you had it as a slave and it died; does it even recognize in the BIOS? Also what you meant by connected as a primary master...you mean as setting the drive as master and other as slave; if so it will not boot if the drive is dead. Have you tried a Linux LiveCD to see if you can still access the drive?
__________________

__________________
Need to update my siggy!
joelm3103 is offline  
Old 05-27-2010, 01:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
Private Joker
 
carnageX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 24,515
Default Re: Retrieve Data from a Dead HD

You could try the freezer trick to see if you could get some of the data off or not.
__________________
Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro
Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10
Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5


If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
carnageX is offline  
Old 05-27-2010, 02:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 220
Default Re: Retrieve Data from a Dead HD

I disconnected the dead HD from my the master. Now the windows is working properly. I used to hit the F1 key to continue during boot up. Now I realized it was the bad HD caused the error message because BIO couldn't recognize the drive I guess.

I've never used any Linux or other trick to retrieve the data from a dead HD before. I may looking into it.

Thanks for the input.
Discusman is offline  
Old 05-27-2010, 03:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
Imperial Space Womble
 
Harper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,903
Default Re: Retrieve Data from a Dead HD

Put hard drive in antistatic bag, then a freezer bag. Then leave hard drive in freezer over night.
Next morning, take hard drive out, let it warm up a little bit. Then slave it off another hard drive. As soon as you can see the hard drive again, just get what ever important data you may have ASAP.
__________________

"I FEEL SO GOOD I FEEL SO NUMB, YEAH!!!" -- Rob Zombie
Main Rig - AMD FX-8350x8 4.0Ghz CPU, 4x 8Gb (32Gb) DDR3 Ram, Gigabyte GA-970A-D3, GeForce GT 970 4Gb, 1x 256Gb SSD\8Tb (3+2+2+1) SATA HDD, DVDRW, SB X-Fi, Win 10 (64-bit)
Asus N61JV-JX231V - Intel Core i5 3437u (1.9 - 2.4 GHz), 12GB, 640GB, 16" Display, nVidia 325M 1Gb, DVD-RW, Win 10 (64-bit)
Mobile Phone : Samsung Galaxy 5 Note SM-N920IConsole : Play Station 4
Harper is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Desperate to retrieve data Parkhurst Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 0 10-27-2009 06:48 PM
data backup and more Steve_X Microsoft Windows and Software 4 01-29-2009 05:13 PM
How to retrieve notebook backup data? naash Microsoft Windows and Software 9 05-13-2008 12:53 AM
Recovering data off Dead Drive (what can i do?) clever_j Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 8 09-26-2007 04:18 PM
Trying to pull data off dead drive... CrazeD Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 2 08-09-2007 12:21 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.