My desktop's hard drive has failed; how should I extract data back?
I've got 11 gigs of very important files that needed to be backed up; the drive is physically all right. Guys, help me out. What should I do? What options do I have?
What kind of cable/hardware would I need to extract the data out?
Any help is deeply appreciated!
If the drive is dead you need to take it to a place to recover the data.
This is not a buy a cable to fix job at all.
answered Jul 03 '12 at 08:39
can you describe how dead the drive is, in many cases the hard drive will still spin up and very low level data recovery tools such as spinrite can recover the data.
other times the drive will spin up but never initialize, and in that case, you can buy another of the same drive and swap the circuitboard and get the drive working again (for reads only)
if the motor or the actuator is dead then the only option is to take it to a data recovery place if the data is very important.
-=-===-=-=- If you cant and the data is not so important that you cant do without it, then you can try a little bit of DIY physical data recovery.
To do this, you need 2 of the same drives and you will have to find a room that you can seal off. then get a good filter (ones designed for central cooling systems), then tape it to the back of a box fan then run it for a few hours, then when working on the drive, do not wear any clothing that gives off any dust when you shake it (also make sure that they are short sleeve)
After all of that, you can work on swapping the platters to a working drive.
This has a low success rate and depending on how dust free the environment is you may or may not be able to recover all data before the read head gets completely destroyed. The hard drive case has a built in air filter that will handle some of the dust as the drive spins up, but overall, it will not be enough and without a very high end clean room, you will never be able to do a platter swap that will last more than a few minutes before killing the drive)
answered Jul 04 '12 at 08:18
so let me get this straight here, you are had a drive in the past that failed and you blame the guy you hired to copy the date because your drive had viruses on it and after the data was copied they were still there ??? I would say the guy did his job not there fault the drive had viruses it difficult if not impossible to get rid of many viruses when a drive is working no matter what virus program you use the best some can do for many viruses is tame them not rid a drive of them ...
most companies today that search for Trojans and malware and such don't use the word clean but the word is immunize being immune to something don't make you free of the problem it makes you a carrier, your drive is living with it at peace you still infect others ..
answered Jul 04 '12 at 09:53