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February 24, 2014 9:01:27 AM

Hello all, I have an hp dv6 6135x laptop where the hard drive has failed due to trauma. The laptop was closed very hard and i got the old "disk error has occurred." I was able to do some research and made an Avira recovery disk which was able to scan the drive. I am now at the point where I am looking at the scan results but I am not sure if/how I could recover any data. I posted a picture below, Any help would be appreciated! Also, the hdd spins, it does not make a clicking noise.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xllkou99r58f2be/2014-02-24%20...
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February 24, 2014 9:06:24 AM

Yes, if your drive is being detected you could potentially recover it.

Use Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Software.

And see how much you can recover off of it.

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February 24, 2014 9:11:54 AM

ok, so you think if I install Phoenix on my new primary drive and hook up the broken drive as a secondary with the adapter kit that it could work? (its a laptop) To this point, the drive hangs every time I attempt to do anything with it.

Also, I didn't know if that "Recovery" section held any important info or if that could help with the actual recovery of data.
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February 24, 2014 9:20:26 AM

Yes you could potentially recover it, as Stellar Phoenix supports External Drives as USB hookup ....

How much you could recover is anybody's guess.

I've recovered complete info, and I've had failures to recover almost anything depending on how bad the drive is damaged.
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February 24, 2014 9:27:30 AM

Bassim Ansari said:
Yes you could potentially recover it, as Stellar Phoenix supports External Drives as USB hookup ....

How much you could recover is anybody's guess.

I've recovered complete info, and I've had failures to recover almost anything depending on how bad the drive is damaged.


Thank you sir, I will try it and let you know how I do.
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February 24, 2014 11:00:11 AM

I would clone the drive, sector by sector, and then use data recovery software on the clone. Ddrescue is a free multi-pass cloning tool that understands how to work around bad media. It keeps a log, so it can resume after an interruption.
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February 24, 2014 4:42:20 PM

fzabkar said:
I would clone the drive, sector by sector, and then use data recovery software on the clone. Ddrescue is a free multi-pass cloning tool that understands how to work around bad media. It keeps a log, so it can resume after an interruption.


This is the most rational reply so far, except that the drive is spinning, not clicking, and is causing everything to freeze. Everything suggested above is only going to cause further degradation to your drive, which is why fzabkar suggested to clone the drive.

Recovery software scans the drive first then after it finds something then copies the data to another location. Immediately cloning the drive is going to get the available data off without wasting the life of the drive scanning. The problem moving to this before verifying the condition of the mechanical parts of the drive can also cause irreparable damage. This would be the first step that professional recovery companies like SERT Data Recovery or DriveSavers would take.

The key factor here is the failure was due to physical trauma or force. This will almost 100% of the time cause mechanical or physical failure. This will in turn most of the time require the drive to be opened and inspected for damage to the platters before continuing to spin the drive.

"To this point, the drive hangs every time I attempt to do anything with it." If the hard drive is spinning and not clicking but you get this type of error, then there is a good chance of head failure. If this is the case, it will require clean room repair on the drive before being able to clone the drive.

Here are some resources:
How to Know What Kind of Data Recovery
Using Data Recovery Software

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