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HDD fail issues - trying to recover data - any help very appreciated. thanks

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June 8, 2013 11:41:55 AM

My PC - win 7 64- quad core intel - 8gb ram - ssd boot - let me know what else you want to know

Situation: One of my spare data hdds is giving me problems. Its a 250gb seagate that was an external usb drive but I removed the hdd from the enclosure and have it connected via sata. Recently my computer would start freezing on windows boot screen before you get to user login. I figured it was an hdd issue and identified the problematic drive. Once disconnected everything else is fine so obviously the drive is going bad. So I set out to just recover the data and scrap it. I can't get to windows with the drive connected so I tried Hiren's bootcd however that also freezes at the first boot screen when the drive is connected. I am able to run seatools and I have run seatools on the drive, it finishes, but then freezes upon finishing and the log file isn't saving anywhere. This is all I have tried so far - what are my other options?

Linux? Some Dos based recovery? Any ideas - thanks again.


Update Edit: Ok I've enabled AHCI functionality and then I plugged in the bad 250gb drive and windows found it and I see it in device manager. However I do not see it when I open my computer. Also when I try to open r-studio the program freezes on loading (probably because of this drive).

What else can I try to do to access it?

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a b G Storage
June 8, 2013 11:49:34 AM

Does your m/b have hot swap capability? If so, remove the drive, boot to os then try plugging 250g drive in as hot swap.
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2013 12:03:53 PM

and that should take care of it. i did it yesterday. but I also had to reboot after the hot swap for some reason(after windows saw it).
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2013 12:22:38 PM

Your link is broken.

Check your m/b manual or bios to see if you have the option to hot swap in your sata connections.
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2013 12:28:22 PM

want to find out. shut down machine. plug power into the hard drive. boot machine. when windows finishes loading, plug a sata connector into the HD. give it a minute. windows should find it.
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June 8, 2013 2:00:12 PM

Ok I've enabled AHCI functionality and then I plugged in the bad 250gb drive and windows found it and I see it in device manager. However I do not see it when I open my computer. Also when I try to open r-studio the program freezes on loading (probably because of this drive).

What else can I try to do to access it?
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2013 2:01:59 PM

why would you enable AHCI?
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