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When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« on: Mon Aug 11, 2008 - 21:50:20 »
When a large hard drive suddenly loses track of its file information tables (be they FAT, FAT32 or NTFS), is there really any hope of recovering that basic and essential information and any data on the disk?

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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #1 on: Mon Aug 11, 2008 - 21:51:45 »
When a large hard drive suddenly loses track of its file information tables (be they FAT, FAT32 or NTFS), is there really any hope of recovering that basic and essential information and any data on the disk?

Probably not, unless you've got that equipment they have on shows like NCIS.

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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #2 on: Mon Aug 11, 2008 - 23:36:35 »
That's why Carbonite is so handy.

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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #3 on: Sat Aug 16, 2008 - 23:33:10 »
Well, I may not get the data back (and likely won't), but at least the hardware itself is good, and I can put Windows back on it and start over again.  Fortunately for me, though I lost a lot of things I really didn't want to lose, my most critical material (my vitals chart, list of medications, and my nursing books) were (and are) on FLASH drives!  YIPPIE!

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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #4 on: Mon Apr 13, 2009 - 21:42:29 »
There are a number of programs that will recover lost data.

You can also install the hard drive on another computer as a slave and pull off your important information before reformatting.



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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #5 on: Thu Apr 16, 2009 - 21:27:57 »
...provided, that is, the hard drive in question hasn't "turned up its toes".  If it's gone belly-up, the only thing it's good for is a rugger-wash.

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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #6 on: Fri Apr 17, 2009 - 07:39:05 »
If you live in a larger city, there should be some data recovery specialists in the area. Look in the yellow pages. Probably not cheap. :)

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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #7 on: Thu Apr 23, 2009 - 21:26:40 »
Indeed there are data recovery specialists, especially in big cities; however, if you call on one of them, you'd better have a bundle of cash or a large credit line.  Those boys don't come cheap.

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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #8 on: Mon May 18, 2009 - 10:34:34 »
Since you are asking, I'm guessing its too late.

But the cheapest solution is to buy an external drive the same size as the one in your computer and back-up at least weekly.

I'm a mac user so I use a program called SuperDuper. It makes my external drive a mirror image of the internal drive, if the internal fails, I can boot off the external and use it as if everything were normal, albeit slower. I think there are similar programs for Win.

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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #9 on: Mon Jun 15, 2009 - 19:00:21 »
Your suggestion is very sound, and I expect to take your advice at some point when I'm financially able to do so.

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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #10 on: Fri Sep 11, 2009 - 22:25:39 »
Indeed there are data recovery specialists, especially in big cities; however, if you call on one of them, you'd better have a bundle of cash or a large credit line.  Those boys don't come cheap.

Correct.  Depending upon the amount of data it could run in the thousands.  If you ever have the opportunity to buy a data restoration service contract do it.   Was talking with a major manufacturer of memory equipment the other day and they are considering offering this type of service for a nominal fee in conjunction with the purchase of their units.

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Re: When a Hard Drive Crashes...
« Reply #11 on: Thu Oct 08, 2009 - 17:16:01 »
I often get drives that have crashed, or have been Quick Formatted by error, or deliberately for a variety of not nice reasons in the shop.

Handy Recovery is a general public program that will find data that existed even before a Format as long as it has not subsequently been written over.  I have used it many times to recovery family pictures, music and documents after a client has a crash.  You can always download it and run it with the crashed drive hooked up as a slave and see if it finds your data before you consider purchasing it.