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Hardrive recovery help please!

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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
OK heres the situation -

Something went wrong with my cousins laptop, its under warranty at PC World, they fixed it but in the process replaced the hard drive and motherboard.

Now my cousin has her old hardrive and needs stuff from it. PC World wanted £599 :w00t: to recover data from it.

How hard is it to do yourself?
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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#1
It depends if the hard drive is totally knacked.

Do you know if it even powers up or not ?

Basically if it does power up then remove it from the laptop and you can use a USB to IDE Adapter cable to read the drive via USB.

Only £6.98 from Ebuyer here :

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130517
#2
No I'm afraid I know nothing more than originally posted.

Would you be able to give me a basic idea of things to find out about the drive before venturing into how to recover data?
#3
Basically if the hard drive has been removed from the laptop you can read the data on it by connecting it to another PC via USB using the cable i posted above.
#4
Thanks for the advice, I'll have to speak to my cousin.

The drive is removed from the laptop now, can you power it up externally? Or would it have to be fitted again?
#5
Sorry bit of a crossover with posts there. OK if that's the case then why did PC World want £599?
#6
Since it's a 2.5" Laptop drive it will power up externally using the 5 volts from the USB cable.

So the only cable you need is this :

http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/R0130517-01.jpg

You won't need the other power cables supplied with it.
#7
Thanks for the help, will probably get the cable and give it a go. Will it just be like browsing the drive normally if connected via the USB?
#8
titley
Sorry bit of a crossover with posts there. OK if that's the case then why did PC World want £599?


The only reason i can think of why the price is huge is that the hard rive is completely knacked and won't powerup at all.

If this is the case then it would have to be sent to a specialist who takes the drive apart and removes the disks internally from the drive to recover the data.
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titley
Thanks for the help, will probably get the cable and give it a go. Will it just be like browsing the drive normally if connected via the USB?


Yep ! If it power up it will just look like any other USB drive with a directory structure.
#10
OK cheers nice and simple. Ill give you some rep.
#11
Cheers ! :thumbsup:
#12
Mecoconuts
The only reason i can think of why the price is huge is that the hard rive is completely knacked and won't powerup at all.

If this is the case then it would have to be sent to a specialist who takes the drive apart and removes the disks internally from the drive to recover the data.


That was my initial thought as well but on the other hand this is PC World we are talking about and I have seen them quote horrendous prices for doing absolutely nothing.

I'd second the cable recommended above as you have nothing to lose, when you plug the cable into the hard drive and then the PC you should hear the hard drive spin up relatively smoothly - if you're hearing a lot of 'thunks' or loud clicking noises then generally that means the hard drive is on its way out.

If the drive does seem to power up ok Windows should then react as it you'd plugged a usb mass storage device in and load up drivers then assign a drive letter. If Windows seems to detect the drive but it doesn't appear in 'My Computer' try clicking the usual eject buttong at the bottom right in the system tray, I've found with failing hard drives sometimes Windows can see there is a drive but can't do anything with it. In this case when you click the safely remove device icon you should see 'Eject USB Mass Storage Device' but no drive letter as there normally is. If you don't think the drive is going to play ball try unplugging the drive, letting it spin down and then popping it back in again, sometimes they can be a little iffy.

If it does all work ok you will see the hard drive in My Computer and you can drag files straight off just like a normal hard drive/external USB drive. On reaching this far, the last problem is often damage to the hard drive but it can still read some of the data - what will happen in this case is that if you copy a large amount of files you will get errors from Windows complaining about not being able to read the data or copy it. Your best bet here is to copy smaller folders or even individual files if needed.

John
#13
Also suggest that your cousin buys an external Hard Drive for his laptop. That way he can keep a running backup of all his important files.

I would rather restore to an old file and update it than give PC World any of my money!

I am setting up my own PC repair business - First place to canvas with my Flyers - PC World Car park!
#14
Yes ,you can take the drive [2.5"]from the laptop and buy a converter to enable it to link to the IDE cable of a standard [3.5"] drive in a Pc .Make it a slave drive and run a Data recovery program .I've done it a few times , it's sometimes my job as a Pc technician . It wont always work if the drive has serious defects , but if it has just a few bad sectors etc it can be done .I also use a good little gadget called IDE2USb , you simply connect it to any IDE device and plug it in to a USB port ,you can run DVD's ,CD-ROM's ,Hard Drives etc , but it's not as fast as link directly to the motherboard using the IDE cable .

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