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Help ! Clueless kid trying to recover data from old HDD !

Hello everyone !
I was clearing junk in my house today and i managed to find an old laptop which i left it lying a couple of years back ( i believe it was 2010~ when i got the laptop ). It's an acer 4820TG and i plan on retrieving old data that's left in the hard disk.
I tossed the laptop aside a couple of years back because it was unable to boot due to hard disk errors and i had no idea on how to solve it. So, today i took out the hard disk from the laptop, decided to try to connect it to a separate desktop to cheek whether the drive's still working. To my surpise, the drive was detected by the desktop and it could be opened from my computer, so when i want to retrieve the data, it asks for permission to view file ,i click yes and it goes into a long load.

So , my question, Is there any other quicker ways to retrieve the data safely ,/ should i be using apps like recuva to get my files ?
Thanks in advance ! :)
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  1. Does the load ever end? Because if your computer couldn't boot because the hard drive failed, it wouldn't work in a different computer
  2. Ryarwood99 said:
    Does the load ever end? Because if your computer couldn't boot because the hard drive failed, it wouldn't work in a different computer


    I kinda cancelled it halfway , but i was able to access other files on the hdd easily. I think there's bad sectors on the hdd which i'm not sure ..
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    Yeah, sounds like bad sectors to me. You might be able to try defragmenting it, but I'm not sure how much that will help. Make sure if you have a SSD in your desktop DO NOT have it defragmented!
  4. Ryarwood99 said:
    Yeah, sounds like bad sectors to me. You might be able to try defragmenting it, but I'm not sure how much that will help. Make sure if you have a SSD in your desktop DO NOT have it defragmented!



    Yeah sure thing ! I realized that the hdd was partitioned too, its split into two partitions. Also , i went to disk management and both partitions registered as " healthy " .
    So i'm currently trying to retrieve files from the hdd from recuva. It loads quickly to about 55% then it goes on a slow load , it's loading but at a VERY slow rate, i guess its searching the bad sectors of the hdd ?
  5. Yes, probably at a bad section
  6. Ryarwood99 said:
    Yes, probably at a bad section


    Alright , thanks for your prompt reply ! I'll update when it's done loading. Hopefully it doesn't take too long !
    thank you once again !
  7. Hi there r3miniscence,

    You can try the Ubuntu Live CD approach as well. Sometimes, this works when dealing with drives with many bad sectors. Just boot up from a CD or external drive and try to access the drive.
    After you've recovered your data, you can test the drive and see what is wrong with it: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/282651-32-best-diagnostic-testing-utility

    Sometimes, writing zeros(data destructive) on the drive helps. So, you can do that and retest afterwards.

    Cheers,
    D_Know_WD
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