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    Harddisc data recovery

    Hi all,

    Worst case scenario happened during my vacation. The harddisc of
    my Samsung N130 seems to be damagedand all videos from our holidays are on it.

    Could anyone recommend someone good who will be able to restore
    the data from the broken harddisk.

    Help would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Philipp

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    same thing happened to me this week. lost a years worth of photos and my boy is only too so lost important ones. I was to quick to reformat and stick xp on again as it failed again a few hours later, so i thought need new hard disk, but next day it magically started work again and i have had no trouble in the last few days so far. still lost my photos though

    What's wrong with it? Have you tried spinrite or HDD Regenerator?

    If your operating system isnt bootable due to corruption, you could try booting it from a linux distro on a usb pen drive. You will probably be able to get access to most of the files from there. UNetbootin will make a USB pen drive bootable with the linux distro of your choice. Try here: unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

    Original Poster

    There is no activity going on with the hard disk. I am told that Operating system cant be found when trying to boot and in the BIOS and shows that HD is attached to IDE channel 0.... So there seems to be something significant wrong... Probably I will need professional assistance as it looks at the moment...

    If you have access to another computer I would recommend removing the hard disk from your netbook, connecting it to the other computer (via a USB hard disk dock or via an internal SATA port), ensure it's accessible via the operating system on the other computer and then kick off a recovery via the Recuva utility.

    Link is listed below and I've used it multiple times for myself and for friends/colleagues.

    Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
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    Yeah I would try what either myself or Scotty Boy recommends before going to a data recovery service and paying them excessive fees. Your bios is showing the hard drive is still visible so its worth a shot, that is, as long as you have access to another PC..

    Original Poster

    rps, sorry but I did not express myself clearly. Unfortunately, the BIOS does not detect the IDE anymore...

    IDE Channel 0: None

    So I guess it does not look too good....Advancedatarecovery charges £275 which is quite expensive but I guess worth considering

    grubby23

    rps, sorry but I did not express myself clearly. Unfortunately, the BIOS … rps, sorry but I did not express myself clearly. Unfortunately, the BIOS does not detect the IDE anymore...IDE Channel 0: NoneSo I guess it does not look too good....Advancedatarecovery charges £275 which is quite expensive but I guess worth considering



    I would recommend trying it on another computer first (as per my earlier suggestion) before sending it off to the recovery company.

    Also note there are a few deals on the go at HUKD for 2.5" SATA hard disks, so you might to take a look at them as well (I can post some links if needed for you).

    Original Poster

    thanks for the deal alert, but my netbook is still under warranty so they will replace the broken hard disk. However, first I have to try and get the data out somehow.

    Original Poster

    Its not too bad, I agree. If someone finds an even better deal I would highly appreciate it if you could let me know. Thanks

    My first suggestion is to put the hard drive an a hard drive caddy and plug it via USB to see if you can find the data. Note if you were running XP or Win7 there will be security that you will need to "Take ownership" of the files you need, so you will need to be logged in as administrator

    So before you release this to someone else buy one of these below....and dont hit format :-)

    USB Caddy
    Ebay Item 160592938181

    Or Ebay item number 150605486033

    Edited by: "tyke-eng" 25th May 2011

    grubby23

    thanks for the deal alert, but my netbook is still under warranty so they … thanks for the deal alert, but my netbook is still under warranty so they will replace the broken hard disk. However, first I have to try and get the data out somehow.



    No probs and fingers crossed you get the data back off of the hard disk

    Original Poster

    Thanks tyke-eng. The latter one looked really good for £3.5, however in the description it said:

    Enables you to transfer your Hard Drive into a Portable Data Storage
    It supports 2.5" SATA Hard Drives any speed up to 120GB Thickness 9.5mm
    Solid Aluminium body for protection and excellent heat dissipation

    My netbook is a Samsung N130 with a 160GB 2.5" SATA drive. It seems it is just a bit
    too big for this USB caddy....

    grubby23

    Thanks tyke-eng. The latter one looked really good for £3.5, however in … Thanks tyke-eng. The latter one looked really good for £3.5, however in the description it said:Enables you to transfer your Hard Drive into a Portable Data StorageIt supports 2.5" SATA Hard Drives any speed up to 120GB Thickness 9.5mm Solid Aluminium body for protection and excellent heat dissipation My netbook is a Samsung N130 with a 160GB 2.5" SATA drive. It seems it is just a bittoo big for this USB caddy....


    ok, but shouldnt be a problem to find the right caddy for your drive

    Alternatively if you have a desktop PC and can open it up, you should find a spare SATA connection & power supply and then you can look at it directly on the PC. If there isnt a spare, simply unplug the CD/DVD drive and use those connection instead
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