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    Help Broken hard drive

    Hi all, i have a 2tb sata drive that i use as storage only, it has gone faulty for what ever reason and when plugged in wont allow the ssd i have to start windows, with it removed windows starts fine. The hdd in question shows up fine in the boot list when i push f8 during start up so it is being seen by the pc. if it is totally dead, is there a way to recover any of the data off of it. Thanks Lithho

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    Default Re: Broken hard drive

    Stick it in a USB caddy and then plug in after the ssd has booted to windows?

    Boot with a Linux liveCD and see if you can then access both drives and copy across?

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    Only connect the faulty drive and follow the BootCD instructions from here:
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    Thank you very much evilsatan, i have grabbed the software and will report back, hopefully good news

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    Default Re: Broken hard drive

    Also try (google it) the freezer trick, might give you a bit more time/chance to get the data off.

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    Default Re: Broken hard drive

    well good news.... sort of, its still broken....but its under warranty so the company want it back for data recovery.

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    Default Re: Broken hard drive

    What brand and model drive is it? Never known an HDD firm to offer recovery under warranty!


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    Default Re: Broken hard drive

    its a samsung hd204ui its 2tb. The shop i bought it from gave me a three year warranty on it as i bought alot of parts from them so they are sorting it. Lets see what they say, im sure they will stiff me some how !

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    Warranty usually only covers hardware parts unless you buy the data warranty separately so you will probably end up with a reconditioned drive. I would advise against using a recon for important data, I have found they fail quite quickly.

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    its going back to em tomorrow so will find out the out come next week i should think. Just hope they save the data really, lesson learnt, don't trust even new drives and back up everything !

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    Default Re: Broken hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by lithho View Post
    its going back to em tomorrow so will find out the out come next week i should think. Just hope they save the data really, lesson learnt, don't trust even new drives and back up everything !
    I would try and take an image of it before it goes back with something like trueimage incase they dont try a recovery or mess about

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    If the drive is readable then try clones ills to save an image to your network or clone to another drive. Personally, if the data was important, I would attempt data recovery before returning. Problem is if the head is stuck on a platter you won't be able to take the drive apart and then return it.


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