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April 21, 2014 5:01:39 PM

Either windows XP or Windows 7 could someone please help me find decent software or hardware that can recover a laptop hard drive near its death, so I can recover the data from it? I Ordered an Icybox for it but I'm wondering what do I do if its failing how can I regenerate it just enough to backup the data to another pc?
April 21, 2014 7:46:17 PM

Hello HeroLegend,

Since this is a laptop, this is a hard one. The laptop has only one SATA/IDE cable and 1 HDD slot, so what should you do?

Go look for an external HDD, then do the back-up on it. Once everything is backed-up, you may now buy and use the new HDD. Note that you will need to install the Operating System and the drivers in the new HDD.
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April 22, 2014 6:26:55 AM

There is not much you can do to fix a hard drive if you can't read it at all. Is the drive seen at all by the computer and assigned a drive letter? If it's "near" it's death, it should be readable, if it's not readable, it's dead already. If the partition information is lost (it tells you to format it), you can try the program "testdisk" to recover the partition, and Recuva can be used to try to read the files off the drive as well.

If nothing works and you don't have backups, you will need to bring the drive to a data recovery shop or mail it to one. Cost will probably start at a few $100 and can go up depending on what they need to do to get the data out.
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April 22, 2014 8:39:41 AM

Hey and thanks for the replies I got an external Icybox for 2.5 inch this one to be exact http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00B20JYCC/ref=oh_de... so far It seems readable so I'm currently backing up the data using my old windows xp machine lol emm Yeah I figured its near its death because when I boot up with windows 7 on laptop its sluggish really slow pauses and stops causing a blue screen https://www.dropbox.com/s/wzgcxjftp32f0wh/20140421_0416...

I figure its got to be the hard drive because one time during boot bios stated it couldn't find the hard drive but found all other components? Still if thats the case why is my icybox working with the hard drive? I did use HDD regenerator which stated I need to backup immediately as the harddrive in the laptop was showing signs of temperature and sync issues. How can I tell 100% if the hard drive is at fault say and not a memory stick or other component?
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April 22, 2014 9:05:46 AM

Install Seagate Seatools, will scan any brand drive and let you know how it looks.
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April 22, 2014 2:59:34 PM

hang-the-9 said:
Install Seagate Seatools, will scan any brand drive and let you know how it looks.



ok man I'm downloading the software and installing it now, by the way do you know any software that lets me backup a whole drive contents to another so I can just pop in the new one and boot windows without having to re-install everything all over again? I heard someone did it in a forum one time but I can't remember what software they used to transfer the whole contents of a drive to another.
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April 22, 2014 11:56:05 PM

herolegend said:
Hey and thanks for the replies I got an external Icybox for 2.5 inch this one to be exact http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00B20JYCC/ref=oh_de... so far It seems readable so I'm currently backing up the data using my old windows xp machine lol emm Yeah I figured its near its death because when I boot up with windows 7 on laptop its sluggish really slow pauses and stops causing a blue screen https://www.dropbox.com/s/wzgcxjftp32f0wh/20140421_0416...

I figure its got to be the hard drive because one time during boot bios stated it couldn't find the hard drive but found all other components? Still if thats the case why is my icybox working with the hard drive? I did use HDD regenerator which stated I need to backup immediately as the harddrive in the laptop was showing signs of temperature and sync issues. How can I tell 100% if the hard drive is at fault say and not a memory stick or other component?


Hello HeroLegend,

First, if BIOS cannot find the Hard-Drive and turns to be sluggish, then you'll know it is going to DIE. If the RAM sticks are dead, commonly the PC won't turn on or there is a MEMORY_MANAGEMENT blue screen.

Second, do not copy Windows to another drive, much better to start a fresh installed Windows. Do you want to get stuck with a sluggish Windows?
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April 23, 2014 1:30:30 AM

alz_solstice said:
herolegend said:
Hey and thanks for the replies I got an external Icybox for 2.5 inch this one to be exact http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00B20JYCC/ref=oh_de... so far It seems readable so I'm currently backing up the data using my old windows xp machine lol emm Yeah I figured its near its death because when I boot up with windows 7 on laptop its sluggish really slow pauses and stops causing a blue screen https://www.dropbox.com/s/wzgcxjftp32f0wh/20140421_0416...

I figure its got to be the hard drive because one time during boot bios stated it couldn't find the hard drive but found all other components? Still if thats the case why is my icybox working with the hard drive? I did use HDD regenerator which stated I need to backup immediately as the harddrive in the laptop was showing signs of temperature and sync issues. How can I tell 100% if the hard drive is at fault say and not a memory stick or other component?


Hello HeroLegend,

First, if BIOS cannot find the Hard-Drive and turns to be sluggish, then you'll know it is going to DIE. If the RAM sticks are dead, commonly the PC won't turn on or there is a MEMORY_MANAGEMENT blue screen.

Second, do not copy Windows to another drive, much better to start a fresh installed Windows. Do you want to get stuck with a sluggish Windows?



hey thanks for that bit of knowledge so a sluggish windows carries over to a new drive? ahh I thought that it was the hard drive that was slowing me down, guess I'll start fresh then it might take me half a day to get all software installed again and drivers but I guess that's the better choice right?

So I hooked up the hard drive using icybox usb 3.0 with exclusive rights to hdd regenerator program, to my windows xp machine, I'm running a hdd regenerator scan on it and Its regenerating sectors starting from 0 it seems like its found over DDDD in a row over 1558 Delays on it and I'm guessing thats near death of the hdd then? Its taken now near 8 hours to regenerate and still going only 7% LOL wow thats going to take a few days full time to complete?

guys I have to stress don't get a Dell laptop if you plan on using it a lot, its not robust and hardware fails easily, strange thing is the manufacturer Dell are so expensive to replace parts, coincidence I think not. Never again a dell machine ;)  Trust me I have experience with Dell you won't be sorry on first year the motherboard broke, less than a year after that blue screens all over the place, and another half a year hard drive dying, I'd say the hardware in Dell computers are 3rd or 4th to every other brand on the market.

Tried to get warranty but guess what I'm out of warranty because its just so expensive and to renew it near £200 price more than the parts are worth to repair. I just do it myself lol

on an off topic whats the better brand or the best brand of windows laptop to get based on 24/7 usage and gaming mostly. Also SSD is better to use than mechanical for a long term almost always on hard drive?
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April 23, 2014 1:44:12 AM

Hello HeroLegend,

First of all, expect a sluggish performance when you're using a IDE HDD. It's already outdated. If you can find an HDD with a higher RPM, then it'll max out the speed. If you can find a 7200 RPM HDD for your laptop, get it.

Second, upgrade to Windows 7, much faster than XP. And since XP is already dead, there are no more updates for it. For the drivers, there are Generic Drivers pre-built with Windows 7 so sometimes there is no need to download drivers. But you'll miss some features such as audio boost, high resolution upgrades, etc. Can you send me the Brand and Model of your laptop so I can check if that machine is compatible with Windows 7 and if it has drivers for it.

Lastly, not that typical of sluggish. I mean, why do you need to copy that? Atleast start a new life with a new OS.
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April 23, 2014 10:38:55 AM

alz_solstice said:
Hello HeroLegend,

First of all, expect a sluggish performance when you're using a IDE HDD. It's already outdated. If you can find an HDD with a higher RPM, then it'll max out the speed. If you can find a 7200 RPM HDD for your laptop, get it.

Second, upgrade to Windows 7, much faster than XP. And since XP is already dead, there are no more updates for it. For the drivers, there are Generic Drivers pre-built with Windows 7 so sometimes there is no need to download drivers. But you'll miss some features such as audio boost, high resolution upgrades, etc. Can you send me the Brand and Model of your laptop so I can check if that machine is compatible with Windows 7 and if it has drivers for it.

Lastly, not that typical of sluggish. I mean, why do you need to copy that? Atleast start a new life with a new OS.


The laptop already came with windows 7 home, its a Dell XPS 15 L502x I7 500gb hdd 8gb memory graphics Nvidia GT540M something like that, I'm just using my old pc to scan the hdd funny thing is this hard drive that came with the laptop currently scanning via icybox usb external now is showing over 2700 Delay's using HDD regenerator, all the sectors are D in yellow Figured since with all the delays am I guessing correct that its near its death?

Thanks to Icybox I was able to backup the content really slow though took 6-8 hours to backup near 300gb.

I'd really like someone to give me some ideas on better brand than Dell for a gaming always on desktop replacement quiet laptop. I know one thing is for sure Dell no longer exist to me they are dead to me lol.
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April 23, 2014 6:29:04 PM

If you want a real gaming PC, go get a Desktop. Laptops have limitations and you don't want them to heat up. Oh well, for me. Either pick an ASUS or MSI. They got good specs overall and the Support Staff are able to reach for help:

ASUS
http://www.asus.com/ph/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/Gaming_Prod...

MSI
http://dragonarmy.msi.com/home/weapons
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April 24, 2014 1:36:27 PM

alz_solstice said:
If you want a real gaming PC, go get a Desktop. Laptops have limitations and you don't want them to heat up. Oh well, for me. Either pick an ASUS or MSI. They got good specs overall and the Support Staff are able to reach for help:

ASUS
http://www.asus.com/ph/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/Gaming_Prod...

MSI
http://dragonarmy.msi.com/home/weapons


Thanks a lot for the info and help laptop is what I kind of need Asus sounds cool out of both of them which is better for games?
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April 24, 2014 5:53:34 PM

ASUS does have good speakers, I think they are using a good quality speakers and the software for it. One thing you should consider is getting a Good Gaming Headset. It is OK to use the built-in speakers because they will provide a good result. But using a gaming is way cooler than that. And also, make sure to update the Audio Driver, it boosts the audio quality.
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April 25, 2014 1:23:37 PM

alz_solstice said:
ASUS does have good speakers, I think they are using a good quality speakers and the software for it. One thing you should consider is getting a Good Gaming Headset. It is OK to use the built-in speakers because they will provide a good result. But using a gaming is way cooler than that. And also, make sure to update the Audio Driver, it boosts the audio quality.


I got the Turtlebeach PX5 headset, 7.1 digital audio but I use spdif audio slot, this dell has an optical spdif so I should get an Asus sometime in the future that has this, I just hope they do it since I use optical cable spdif from px5 base to the laptop audio is great with these headset for gaming.

Thanks Solstice for all the help and info!
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April 25, 2014 6:02:26 PM

No problem HerLegend. Oh btw, don't forget to pick a solution. It would be a great help :) 
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April 26, 2014 2:13:21 PM

alz_solstice said:
No problem HerLegend. Oh btw, don't forget to pick a solution. It would be a great help :) 


Which solution should i pick? I don't know whats the right solution to choose to help other people find the answer quickly as there are answers scattered on multiple posts.
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April 27, 2014 6:36:08 PM

Any would do :) 
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April 28, 2014 12:21:54 AM

ok here goes thanks later man
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