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Laptop hdd crashed want to try to recover

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August 15, 2011 2:18:31 PM

Ok so my old laptops' hdd carshed the other day. Now I have not open the laptop up yet but the thing is 7-10 years old, and does it have a IDE connection for the hdd. What I want to do is hook up the laptop hdd to my desktop and try to recover the data. Now I think this is what I need: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2.... I hope that is what I need to connect the laptop hdd to my desktop and luckly I have an IDE connection, since everything I have SATA. Thanks in advance
a b D Laptop
a c 271 G Storage
August 16, 2011 1:46:02 PM

If your desktop computer has an IDE port, then you should be OK with that 44-pin to 40-pin IDE adapter.

That said, I don't know what you mean by "everything I have SATA".
August 16, 2011 5:06:04 PM

fzabkar said:
If your desktop computer has an IDE port, then you should be OK with that 44-pin to 40-pin IDE adapter.

That said, I don't know what you mean by "everything I have SATA".


Now that will work, what will be the best software to try to recover what is on my crashed hdd. I dont care how much it will cost for the program I just need to save what ever I can on it, buy a new one and get my server back online because this laptop holds the information to keep the server running. Just hope I can retrive some of that info. Thanks
a b D Laptop
a c 271 G Storage
August 16, 2011 8:32:33 PM

That depends on what you mean by "crashed".

If the drive is making horrible noises as if the heads are contacting the platters, then nothing you can do will recover your data. A "head crash" may be something that Ontrack could handle, though.

Otherwise, if your drive spins up and is detected in BIOS with its correct model number and full capacity, then your best approach would be to clone it and then work on the clone.

Some preliminary checks to determine the extent of the damage would involve examining the drive's SMART report. Look for reallocated, pending, or uncorrectable sectors.

HD Sentinel (DOS / Windows / Linux):
http://www.hdsentinel.com/

HDDScan for Windows:
http://hddscan.com/

See this article for SMART info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.

If the report looks good, then run CHKDSK in readonly mode. This will verify the integrity of the file system.

Alternatively, if the SMART report is full of bad sectors, then you would be best to clone your drive, sector by sector, using a utility that understands how to work around bad patches in the media. Ddrescue and dd_rescue are excellent freeware tools for this purpose.

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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