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Crashed Hard Drive/HDD. How to retrieved files inside?

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April 19, 2013 8:36:26 AM

Hi! I just very recently purchased a new Hard Drive after the previous one becomes undetected when booting. Here's what happened: I was browsing and downloading something when it becomes blue screen. It tells something like "If this is the first time you encounter this restart your PC and so on..." So i restarted it. And the problem starts. It always hangs on the: "Detecting IDE Drives..." part. It just freezes there even if you restarted it many times. I unplugged the connector from Motherboard to the HDD and it continues to boot. Someone told me that HDD could be defective/corrupted so i bought a new one which i'm using right now. But takes a lot of hassles from installing OS and updating it, installing all required softwares, and retrieving all the files from my old HDD.

My question is:
What really happened back there? Is it really defective/corrupted? Is there any way to retrieve all the files in the HDD? All my important files were there and i don't have any back-up. Although some are retrievable but what i worry are those very important one and only has 1 copy and took me years to collect. I hope anyone can help me here. Thanks in advance!

Update:
Someone suggested to me to purchase an HDD Enclosure for i might retrieve, if lucky, the files inside the HDD. Is this a good thing? I hope to received more suggestions/options. Thanks so much!

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April 19, 2013 8:57:54 AM

There are two options:
1) Take it to a data recovery center. It will cost you a good amount of money - $100+ to retrieve the data, but it is the best solution to get the data from the drive.
2) It may be possible that the controller card on the Hard Drive is defective. If you can find an identical drive (same make/model #) on eBay that is operational, you can try to switch the external board (do no open the drive). You have about a 50-50 chance of this working.
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April 19, 2013 9:32:37 AM

I would boot up a Linux live DVD with a flash drive in the computer... then try to find your important data and move it to flash.
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April 19, 2013 10:45:04 PM

ronintexas said:
There are two options:
1) Take it to a data recovery center. It will cost you a good amount of money - $100+ to retrieve the data, but it is the best solution to get the data from the drive.
2) It may be possible that the controller card on the Hard Drive is defective. If you can find an identical drive (same make/model #) on eBay that is operational, you can try to switch the external board (do no open the drive). You have about a 50-50 chance of this working.



Hi! Thanks It's a good idea. But too pricey. No money for that for now. How about an HDD Enclosure? What does it do?
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April 20, 2013 8:48:46 AM

I have never had a drive work in an enclosure when it failed to be detected by the BIOS.
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