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Recover data off a HDD with bad sectors

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  • Dell Inspiron
  • Windows 7
  • Data Recovery
  • Storage
  • Hard Drives
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April 17, 2014 12:33:51 AM

Well about a year ago now my Hitachi 500gb HDD in my Dell Inspiron 1545 running Windows 7 died, so I finally decided to try & fix it, it got passed down to me a couple years ago now & it's got a fair bit of stuff I would like back & the previous owner had some important documents they also wanted. (which is actually what I was doing when it died, I hadn't used it for a fair while and went on it to get documents off it and it froze when I was transferring them so I turned it off & on again and couldn't get back into my account again)

At first I thought it was a virus or something to do with the OS and thought it would be fixed by simply re-installing Windows 7 but I thought before I did that I would get a HDD enclosure to retrieve my data/files just in case they got erased by the re-install, so I put the HDD in the enclosure and plugged it into my laptop it cam up with the following RECOVERY (G: ) & Local Disk (F: )
in the RECOVERY (G: ) there is 1 file 'ReeSys' & 2 files 'DELL' & 'Recovery' Recovery is empty & DELL has another folder called 'Image' inside that there's 3 files 'Catalog' 'Factory.wim'
'FactoryImage' all last modified back in 2010 so I'm guessing they are the factory settings and will not contain any of my files/data I'm after
when I click on Local Disk (F: ) it try's to open it for a while then tells me it needs formatting & then comes up with the message F:\ Disk is not accessible.. Data error (cyclic redundancy check) and when I go into Properties> tools & try to check for drive errors it comes up with 'disk check could not be performed because Windows cannot access the disk' and when I try and open it in disk management it does the same.... (It might be worth while to mention the HDD makes rhythmic some sounds when you try and access it)

So, yeah I'm not really sure what to do, I thought I'd seek some advice before I go ahead and try anything else and probably make the situation worse and lower the chances of me recovering my files/data haha
And before anyone says I should of backed it up I know and regret that I didn't and from now on I think it would be wise to start backing up my files from now on because anytime a computer or phone dies unexpectedly I end up loosing everything!

Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks! :) 

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a c 106 G Storage
April 17, 2014 1:53:39 AM

Hi,

As the drive is already showing unusual behavior and possibly leading to permanent failure I would suggest that you clone that drive to a healthy one. Try to use ddrescue its a free GNU application under Linux which is quite effective for cloning and recovering data from dying hard drives. I hope this link below would be helpful for you and keep you guided.

http://techmuck.blogspot.com/2012/03/data-recovery-with...
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April 17, 2014 10:50:24 PM

trekzone said:
Hi,

As the drive is already showing unusual behavior and possibly leading to permanent failure I would suggest that you clone that drive to a healthy one. Try to use ddrescue its a free GNU application under Linux which is quite effective for cloning and recovering data from dying hard drives. I hope this link below would be helpful for you and keep you guided.

http://techmuck.blogspot.com/2012/03/data-recovery-with...

Yeah I was considering cloning it and using ddrescue seemed like the best software to use. Is there any other ways to get the data off, could I try using data recovery software such as MiniTool or just end up making it worse?

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April 19, 2014 9:50:01 PM

In your case, it would be necessary to take a prompt action and focus on saving your data first by cloning it to a healthy drive. Then you can just play anything with your old drive... after you've done cloning.
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