Extracting Data from Laptop Hard Drive


I recently dropped my laptop onto cement. When rebooting it, it will take 15-20 minutes to reach the user login screen after loading Windows.

Once this screen is reached, I can move the mouse but when attempting to click the user icon or other icons the laptop is non-responsive.

At this point, I'm wondering if there is a means through which to extract the data from the hard drive of the laptop without being able to access Windows.

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  1. you could try to boot of a Linux Live CD and see if you can still access the data and move it to a USB Flash drive
  2. Hi Emerald:

    I appreciate your time in responding as well as the suggestion. I'll give it a trip and let you know how it goes.
  3. Hi Everyone:

    I booted up the laptop using Ubuntu. In order to attempt to pull files off the laptop I selected the "Home Folder" icon on the left menu bar.

    This opened a screen similar to Windows Explore. I selected the icon on the left that appeared to be a hard drive labeled "OS" in order to attempt to access the file system. I received the following error message:

    Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 13: $MFTmirr does not match $MFT (record 0). Failed to mount '/dev/sda3': input/output error. NFTS is either inconsistent or there is a hardware fault; or its a SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware

    In the first case run chkdsk/f in Windows then reboot into Windows twice.

    The usage of the /f parameter is very important! If the device is a SoftRAID/FakeRAID then first activate and mount a different device under the /dev/mapper/ directory; (e.g. /dev/mapper/nvidia_eahaabcc1).

    Please see the 'dmraid' documentation for more details."

    I'm assuming this means the hard-disk is damaged. Any insight would be genuinely appreciated.

    Is there another means to access the HD files using Ubuntu?

  4. have tried running an Error check/Scandisk in Windows?
  5. Hello Emerald:

    Thanks for replying. The laptop will not successfully boot in Windows. It is for this reason I am booting in Ubuntu in attempt to extract the data from the hard drive.

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