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Old 09-05-2012, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I've got an acer (emachines) laptop that stopped powering on recently. Their tech support asked me to send it in but told me to first create a backup of the hard-drive. Based on their troubleshooting, they also said they don't believe it's the battery. I bought an IDE/SATA adapter to help me do this but when I plugged the hard drive in, it showed that the file system was RAW.

1) Could this have happened because of the power issue?

2) Is there a fairly straightforward way of converting/accessing the files?

I'm not particularly technically proficient however, if possible, I would prefer to do this myself rather than taking it to a specialist because I have a lot of confidential info on this drive.

Thanks.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your hard drive is mostly dead. The most you can do is run Recuva.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Uh oh, I was hoping that wouldn't be the case. I will try Recuva - looks like it's available on CNET.

Thanks for that MindoverMaster.

Guess I'll call the repair centre again - I'm not sure how they handle the power repair if the hard drive is bust as well.
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I would also recommend recuva. I had a great experience with it. I've recover everything using recuva then format the drive.
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I would also recommend recuva. I had a great experience with it. I've recover everything using recuva then format the drive.
Good to know that - thanks jayson. I definitely need these files.

Funny thing is I couldn't create a backup because I kept getting an error message.
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If you don't have any luck with recuva then you might want to try getdataback for ntfs... It's on hirens boot cd but good luck either way!
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If you don't have any luck with recuva then you might want to try getdataback for ntfs... It's on hirens boot cd but good luck either way!
Thanks superagentx - I like to have a plan b.

I even have the hirens boot cd because someone had previously suggested it for another purpose.
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