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S.M.A.R.T.status BAD, backup and replace

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June 1, 2011 12:18:59 AM

When i boot up my PC, this warning appears on the screen.
When it goes on the windows booting screen, it just loads up forever. And then when i restart it it appears that there is no hard disk connected. If i reconnect the wire of the hard disk, it shows the SMART status Bad thing again. The same thing happens when i connect it to another PC.

Please help me i'm already replacing it but i really need a lot files in there. Is there anyway to still access my files?
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June 1, 2011 12:32:21 AM

Hello,
What OS are you using? And is this your system (operating system) partition or a data drive?
It looks as if this drive has failed.

If win-7 you could try the installation DVD and boot to the Recovery Environment, cmd , then run chkdsk /r.
Or you could run a DOS program called SpinRite, which takes time but sometimes can repair a disk so you can copy your files off of it. It's a program by Steve Gobson which costs $89. No guarantees here, as this disk may have already completely failed.
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a c 316 G Storage
June 2, 2011 11:20:29 AM

Clone your drive sector-by-sector using a tool that knows how to work around bad sectors, and then use data recovery software on the clone.

Some freeware cloning tools are ...

dd_rescue: http://www.garloff.de/kurt/linux/ddrescue/
ddrescue: http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html

Comparison between ddrescue and dd_rescue:
http://www.forensicswiki.org/wiki/Ddrescue

Ddrescue can perform multipass cloning. It clones the easy sectors on the first pass, and attempts the more difficult ones on subsequent passes. It can also clone your drive in reverse, thereby disabling lookahead caching. It keeps a log, allowing it to resume after an interruption.

The following thread discusses various freeware and commercial cloning tools:
http://forum.hddguru.com/the-best-disk-cloning-hardware...
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June 3, 2011 12:53:36 PM

My OS is XP. it seems to take forever to boot up and when i restart the pc it seems that the hard disk is disconnected as it does not detect it anymore. when i turn it off, replug the hard disk and turn it on it detects it but the same thing happens again, it never stops loading and the drive is not detected.

Any help is appreaciated, i already have a new drive i just want to recover my files if it is possible. Thanks.
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a c 104 G Storage
June 3, 2011 2:35:57 PM

My OS is XP. it seems to take forever to boot up

Hi again,

OK, your OS is win-XP 32 bit. It sounds like the StartUp phases of Win-XP take a long time, but finally it does boot to the desktop.
Are your data files on this same "system" disk, in the same Partition as the OS, in a different Partition, or are they on a separate "data" HDD?

You can disconnect the disk off of your present computer, and attach it to a separate (either Win-XP or Win-7) computer, as a secondary drive, and see if you can see your data files in "My Documents". That way it doesn't have to boot the OS on the "suspect" drive.
If so, you can copy your "My Documents" files to a separate good disk for safety.

That's the first step. (Safety)

Then if you want to interrogate the "suspect" drive, you could download the free "HDTune" program to look at read and write speeds, bad sectors, SMART data, etc., or use SpinRite to move data on bad sectors to good sectors, or other HDD evaluation or recovery programs.

Or you could reformat the "suspect" drive, install your applications, and move the saved data back over,

Or you could not take any chances and get rid of it to use your new HDD.

Remember HDD's are only semi-permanent storage. Sooner or later the moving parts, PCB, or platters fail and you have to coopy your data or use your back to move it to a fresh HDD.

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