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June 5, 2013 5:53:18 AM


Looking to ask the community for advice here.

I casually browse around on search engine and read professional data recovery could cost up to a $1000. then I read you there were apps that let you do it yourself, which is what I wanted to try.

I want to listen to others that had tried do-it-yourself with apps method and listen to their experiences. What apps do you recommend and how successful was the recovery?


My case was with this stupid 750gb Seagate drive. It came with my emachine and I had heard some bad stories about Seagate drive and download their diagnostic tool to monitor the status every so often cuz I was too lazy backup the large amount of data.

I got the brand new emachine like two – three years back and then recently all a sudden ,it stop reading and I couldn’t access any data on it. And since my western digital slave drive depend on it to read, I couldn’t access that too. But the wd drive like couple years older than sg and it still runs fine. Seagates has such damn poor craftsmanship.

Anyways since it didn’t stop working from impact or something, what are my chance of getting everything back with a data recovery app? Can anybody recommend some good apps for the job?

I read somewhere about copying the drive image and putting it in a new drive, that sound like an easy and convenient solution to me. I got some personal data and valuable school work and saved games and all, so I rather recover the data myself and let prying eye look at it. And I don’t want to spend a fortune on it either.

Never buying Seagate drives again…




A curious question I have is how do these apps work if bios won’t read it, what equipment do you need to read the data???

June 5, 2013 7:24:23 AM

I can't recommend any specific tools (never needed to use them). But:

I got some personal data and valuable school work

This why we have backups. No brand of hard drive is immune to failure. Eventually, they will all die.
I've had drives die, but never with the only copy of something important. It's dead, remove/replace...get the needed files from the other location.
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June 5, 2013 9:29:47 AM

Can you see your HDD in BIOS? if so there is a good chance to recover data all by yourself.

There are tons of paid and free data recovery software's out there. Start trying with the free one's.

Not recommended but here is a link you can try. Its free. http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
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June 6, 2013 12:36:51 AM

Yes! You are right! There are many data recovery programs available online that you can use to restore your data by yourself.
In fact, as long as your drive is not physically damaged, there are always ways for you to get back your data before the original data is overwritten by anything new saved on the same drive. So, you should take care.
As to data recovery software, you may check this article that lists several efficient drive data recovery freeware and their instructions:
http://geeksdo.com/freeware/data-recovery.html
I hope this helps...
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June 7, 2013 8:33:18 PM

Stephania340 said:
Yes! You are right! There are many data recovery programs available online that you can use to restore your data by yourself.
In fact, as long as your drive is not physically damaged, there are always ways for you to get back your data before the original data is overwritten by anything new saved on the same drive. So, you should take care.
As to data recovery software, you may check this article that lists several efficient drive data recovery freeware and their instructions:
http://geeksdo.com/freeware/data-recovery.html
I hope this helps...




thanks sweetie. i already found out this idea before your post. but good info, you take care too.
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