Recovering Data on a Failing Hard Drive - Storage

This is a discussion on Recovering Data on a Failing Hard Drive - Storage ; Gotde T Shirt wrote in news:1fq7n7eqyzg9u.1kpvh41b1ncm2.dlg@40tude.net > On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 18:54:05 -0700 (PDT), Matt wrote: > > > I agree with your earlier comments that the drive should be left well > > alone now before I hand ...

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  1. Re: Recovering Data on a Failing Hard Drive

    Gotde T Shirt wrote in news:1fq7n7eqyzg9u.1kpvh41b1ncm2.dlg@40tude.net
    > On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 18:54:05 -0700 (PDT), Matt wrote:
    >
    > > I agree with your earlier comments that the drive should be left well
    > > alone now before I hand it over to a professional firm, and I wish I
    > > had done so earlier. But the prospect of being able to recover my
    > > data, given I had no idea how severe this was, so I could make a
    > > backup to my parents hard drive made sense at the time. Paying 500
    > > isn't something I can do without a second thought.
    > >
    > > Do you recommend any firms that have done good work for you in the
    > > past?
    > >

    >
    > As you appear to be in the UK, suggest you try:
    >
    > www.retrodata.co.uk
    >
    > They've done a couple of recovery jobs for me, successfully and for
    > relatively affordable fees.


    > Duncan (aka Odie Ferrous)


    aka Odiferous

    > is associated with Retrodata.


    Is Retrodata. A venture he started out of boredom.

    > [I have no business interest in Retrodata,


    > other than as an occasional trade customer]


    Exactly. So your discount scheme is safe now.

    >
    > BTW: Don't be upset by Rod's rants, he's from Australia.


    So he is your cousin.



  2. Re: Recovering Data on a Failing Hard Drive

    Odie Ferrous wrote in news:47F07C96.D44225E5@hotmail.com
    > Matt wrote:
    > >
    > > Hey guys. I've got a real problem on my hands. Basically all my work
    > > for the last 4 years at University, along with countless amounts of
    > > data I've accumulated over the years stored on my hard drive might be
    > > lost. The drive suddenly stopped working properly 2 nights ago, and
    > > I've spent the weekend since trying ot recover what data I can.
    > >
    > > The first thing I should address is the issue of backups. Any
    > > meaningful backup has simply not been possible due to the high volume
    > > of data, and the very finite budget I live on as a student
    > > constraining me to only having one hard drive. A conveneient place to
    > > store around 9GB of data just doesn't exist for me. I guess hindsight
    > > is a wonderful thing, but at the moment I'm stuck without my data.
    > >
    > > Anyway, recovery of my work is of course a top priority, so I could do
    > > with some advice on how I should proceed from here? Firstly, I'll
    > > explain the situation in more detail:
    > >
    > > Causes for Concern:
    > > ------------------------------
    > >
    > > - I get a "Disk Read Error" whenever I try to boot up the hard drive
    > > as a Master.
    > >
    > > - When I boot it up as a Slave, I can boot into XP from the other hard
    > > drive, but it takes a very long time to boot up and load XP. Once in
    > > XP, I cannot read the contents of the drive (which I can verify as
    > > I've just given it one last try) and I get a message telling me to
    > > format the drive.
    > >
    > > Causes for Optimism:
    > > --------------------------------
    > >
    > > - On occassion the drive has been more co-operative and I have been
    > > able to copy over a small fraction of my work with the drive as a
    > > slave either in XP or in DOS. However, very quickly the operating
    > > system comes up against a file it cannot read, and eventually gives up
    > > the copying.
    > >
    > > - The drive is always detected by the BIOS
    > >
    > > - There are no clicking noises or other strange noises coming from the
    > > hard drive, which suggests to me the fault may not be mechanical.
    > >
    > > Going Forward
    > > ----------------------
    > >
    > > A friend of mine who has more experience with PC repair ran a program
    > > called Restorer2000, but the drive contents couldn't be read by
    > > Windows, so the program didn't have much success either. However, it
    > > was able to read a few files from my Windows partition, but my work
    > > partition was completly unavailable. A number of read errors were
    > > quoted in locations. These locations were given as a string of
    > > numbers, either about 7-8 digits long, and 11 digits long. The exact
    > > values I can't recall.
    > >
    > > My next step has been to look for some companies that specialise in
    > > data recovery and see if they will have more luck by perhaps taking
    > > the drive apart and extracting data from the platters themseleves.
    > >
    > > Anyway, the main point of this post is to gain some a better idea of
    > > what has happened to my hard drive, based upon the above symptoms.
    > > From there I can see if paying ~500 to recover a 40GB partition is
    > > likely to be successful.
    > >
    > > The drive is a Western Digital WD800JB 80GB ATA hard drive.
    > >
    > > Kind Regards,
    > >
    > > Matthew Boulton

    >
    > Matt,
    >
    > The more you play around with that drive


    > (which has bad sectors and possibly failing read/write heads)


    Yeah, immediately assume the worst. That will scare him witless.

    > the WORSE you are going to make it.


    Not if the bad sectors are logical rather than physical.

    > Those "strings of numbers" you see are the sector location where bad
    > media has been located.


    Nope, where sectors with bad ECC have been located.
    There is no way to tell whether this is a logical or a physical problem un-
    less they keep accumulating even when only reads are done to the drive.

    >
    > Switch the drive off, keep it powered off, and get it to someone who
    > knows what they are doing.


    > Spinrite and its ilk are fine if you have a _purely_ logical problem;


    Bull****. Not a clue.

    > for all other causes of failure, you'd best be buying some snake oil.


    > I see countless drives come in for recovery that have been obliterated
    > due to the owner taking advice from another who has absolutely no real
    > knowlegde of data recovery.


    I'll take it that traditional scaremongering still works in the trade.

    >
    > Switch that drive off immediately, and it it done professionally.
    >
    >
    > Duncan



  3. Re: Recovering Data on a Failing Hard Drive

    On Mar 31, 11:14*am, Matt wrote:
    > Hey guys. I've got a real problem on my hands. Basically all my work
    > for the last 4 years at University, along with countless amounts of
    > data I've accumulated over the years stored on my hard drive might be
    > lost. The drive suddenly stopped working properly 2 nights ago, and
    > I've spent the weekend since trying ot recover what data I can.
    >
    > The first thing I should address is the issue of backups. Any
    > meaningful backup has simply not been possible due to the high volume
    > of data, and the very finite budget I live on as a student
    > constraining me to only having one hard drive. A conveneient place to
    > store around 9GB of data just doesn't exist for me. I guess hindsight
    > is a wonderful thing, but at the moment I'm stuck without my data.
    >
    > Anyway, recovery of my work is of course a top priority, so I could do
    > with some advice on how I should proceed from here? Firstly, I'll
    > explain the situation in more detail:
    >
    > Causes for Concern:
    > ------------------------------
    >
    > - I get a "Disk Read Error" whenever I try to boot up the hard drive
    > as a Master.
    >
    > - When I boot it up as a Slave, I can boot into XP from the other hard
    > drive, but it takes a very long time to boot up and load XP. Once in
    > XP, I cannot read the contents of the drive (which I can verify as
    > I've just given it one last try) and I get a message telling me to
    > format the drive.
    >
    > Causes for Optimism:
    > --------------------------------
    >
    > - On occassion the drive has been more co-operative and I have been
    > able to copy over a small fraction of my work with the drive as a
    > slave either in XP or in DOS. However, very quickly the operating
    > system comes up against a file it cannot read, and eventually gives up
    > the copying.
    >
    > - The drive is always detected by the BIOS
    >
    > - There are no clicking noises or other strange noises coming from the
    > hard drive, which suggests to me the fault may not be mechanical.
    >
    > Going Forward
    > ----------------------
    >
    > A friend of mine who has more experience with PC repair ran a program
    > called Restorer2000, but the drive contents couldn't be read by
    > Windows, so the program didn't have much success either. However, it
    > was able to read a few files from my Windows partition, but my work
    > partition was completly unavailable. A number of read errors were
    > quoted in locations. These locations were given as a string of
    > numbers, either about 7-8 digits long, and 11 digits long. The exact
    > values I can't recall.
    >
    > My next step has been to look for some companies that specialise in
    > data recovery and see if they will have more luck by perhaps taking
    > the drive apart and extracting data from the platters themseleves.
    >
    > Anyway, the main point of this post is to gain some a better idea of
    > what has happened to my hard drive, based upon the above symptoms.
    > From there I can see if paying ~500 to recover a 40GB partition is
    > likely to be successful.
    >
    > The drive is a Western Digital WD800JB 80GB ATA hard drive.
    >
    > Kind Regards,
    >
    > Matthew Boulton


    Hey bro

    Try to get hold of this software"Dead Disk Doctor" Its free from
    internet. If you need a crack search for it. Thos happened to me once
    and I managed to recover my data using "Dead disk doctor". There is a
    high possibility it will work. Let me know the outcomes

    cheers!!!

  4. Re: Recovering Data on a Failing Hard Drive

    Aardvark wrote:

    >On 1 June 2003 driving uninsured became an offence for which, instead of
    >prosecution, a fixed penalty could be offered. The level of the fixed
    >penalty was set at 200 plus 6 penalty points."
    >
    >The vehicle can also be confiscated and crushed.


    Child support, I didn't know from one week to the other if I had a
    valid driving license.

    Pulled over one day and I didn't - they impounded (confiscated) the
    car, to storage for a month whose fee would come to $1000.

    I paid a $1000 for the car so just never picked it up, the law was
    found to be invalid as it was double jeopardy.
    --

    You going to show it to your kids?
    http://www.wimp.com/corrupted/

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