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Author Topic: 2 computers failed on me within 24 hours - need Hard Drive  (Read 12299 times)

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« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2010, 04:42 »
You don't say what kind of failure it was - but if it was read errors or faulty sectors, as opposed to complete failure where you can't even see the drive in the BIOS, the best bet for recovering data is to buy a copy of SpinRite (see http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm) and run it against the drive.

Obviously it's just software and it can't fix hardware faults, nor can it always fix bad sectors, but in my experience it often can either recover all or most of the data, or allow the drive to be accessed again when Windows can't get to it.

And if you use a Mac, it can be run against those disks too if you first put them in a Windows box.

« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2010, 07:18 »
My old semi-working office computer (which was supposed to be replaced yesterday) works still with IDE controllers.

My "newer" editing computer only has SATA - including the crashed HD.

So right now I can't put the SATA into another computer to diagnose. I only got an error code on my computer indicating that there is a HD failure and the BIOS is not recognizing any SATA devices - not even the good HD as long as the broken HD is connected.

Thankfully I made a whole HD backup last week so worst case scenario is that I lost the last 8 or so images I submitted to the micros. I don't run a backup after every single image I submit.

It'll work out somehow.

Thanks again for all your help and suggestions.


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