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This friend of mine asked me to backup the data from a HDD he said didn't worked when he tried to turn on the computer. I used a USB / IDE cable to try get a backup. But the HDD appears as it needs to be formated. Apparently I think it is corrupted or something similar, but not sure at all.

I ask here to clear this doubt I have. If my computer (Windows 7) asks me to format the HDD, does that means there is no way to get back the data? If there is a way, please let me know.

Thank you.

asked Nov 04 '11 at 09:11

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It depends on the filesystem used on the HDD. If it is formatted with NTFS then the method suggested by @roguekiller23231 should work. However, if it's got a FAT filesystem and you format it then the allocation table will be replaced meaning you won't get anything back (unless the HDD is 100% unfragmented) as all the details linking parts of a file together are stored in the FAT itself - which will be replaced in the formatting process.

answered Nov 04 '11 at 19:09

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you can get the data back through data recovery using Recuva

tell the person that you got the drive from that it has to get formatted and you might not get all the files back off of it.

do a quick format and then recover using Recuva.

answered Nov 04 '11 at 17:57

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what makes you think its corrupt? like why does the computer not work? is the hdd spinning at all? whats the screen say if it says anything.

answered Nov 04 '11 at 09:54

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