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Data Recovery

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Topgun, 4 May 2006.

  1. Topgun


    Joined: 27 Oct 2002

    Posts: 952

    The HDD in my friend's laptop has recently died and naturally he is almost in tears having lost all his photos and coursework which needs to be submitted this week for his degree! Is there any data recovery software/hardware that can be used to recover data from drives that the BIOS cannot detect? I think the electronics are fried because the drive cannot be detected in his laptop or mine. I have an adapter on the way which will allow me to connect it to my desktop pc. Any thoughts (aside from sending it to a specialist)? The drive in question ins a 40gb IBM travelstar.

    edit: was meant for general hardware
    Last edited: 4 May 2006
  2. Rednut05


    Joined: 1 Aug 2005

    Posts: 909

    Change it to the harddrive forum and not the graphics card and you may get more help.

    O&O RescueBox V4? there are others. Runs off a bootable cd.
    Last edited: 4 May 2006
  3. fornowagain


    Joined: 3 Nov 2004

    Posts: 9,832

    Location: UK

    If its fried apart from sending it to specialist for megabucks, they only other thing is if you have or can get the exact same drive and swap the PCB. I've used this myself, but its got to be the exact same drive.
  4. ChrisLX200

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 Jun 2004

    Posts: 2,030

    Location: Macclesfield

    If he definitely must get the data back then a recovery firm is the best option. You're talking several 100 £££ though... Best make that decision now rather than mess with it, an aborted recovery attempt is more likely to do more damage - at the moment it sounds a fairly straightforward recovery job.
  5. a1ex2001


    Joined: 14 Mar 2005

    Posts: 13,312

    Location: Here and There...

    Let this be a reminder to everyone, backup! I was so paronid with my Disertation at Uni I had four copies one on my PC, one on my File server, one on a pen drive and a final copy on the uni server!
  6. Topgun


    Joined: 27 Oct 2002

    Posts: 952

    Thanks for the advice. I've decided to get another 40gb travelstar and attempt to transplant the IDE interface. Worst case i can just use the new travelstar to replace the faulty one. Err perhaps the real worst case is damaging both drives irreparably but it seems likea chance worth taking.
  7. tyrekicker


    Joined: 14 Nov 2003

    Posts: 6

    Location: Oxford

    Vogon Data recovery located in Bicester Oxfordshire.
    Used them via work, excellent service and will probably get data back but at a price.