Hard disk corrupted and unreadable

Hallo esteemed community? My harddisk contains important files but currently unreadable. How do I get to recover my files?
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  1. Hehe, I just learned how to do this the other day with the help of a person on this forum. Just out of curiosity, was it a virus that made the drive unreadable?
  2. I think it must be a virus
  3. I had this problem with a hard drive.... did it show up as a raw partition after a reboot? If it was a corrupt partition.... partition wizard did the trick, just analyze the drive and let it fix it for you.... i cant count how many articles i ran through over the months to recover a partition.... I tried so many different boot disks, data recovery, partition table, mbr fix programs all to no avail..... Partition wizard was so easy and fast. Good luck
  4. If I boot from a different computer with the corrupted disk connected, it shows but with no details unlike the boot disk which shows the details of free and used space. Do I still try the partition way
  5. Have you tried booting via command line?

    I caught a disk infected with Blaster this way once.
  6. How do I do that?
  7. You are presented with options.

    Boot to safemode.

    Boot using network

    Boot using command

    Boot to normal windows.

    I would try safe mode first and scan if possible for infections.
  8. I get this when I run chkdsk
    CHKDSK is not recognized as an internal or external command
    operable program or batch file
  9. Try this: connect the drive to your computer, download and install Recuva (http://www.piriform.com/). When you first start it, it will ask you to go through a wizard, click Cancel, bringing you to Advanced view. Got to the Options button, and select "Deep Scan", "Scan for deeply overwritten files" and one more that I can't remember, there's also a fourth tick box if you want to select that. And make sure you have the corrupted drive selected instead of C: ( or whatever letter it is, it might vary. And once it's done, you can recover the files to a different location. Oh, and there's also a tab where you can specify if you want it to scan for say, Document files. Choose whatever you like.

    EDIT: the parentheses are not part of the URL, I just did that to make it more clear.
  10. Thanx for the advices. But unfortunately I have just formatted it. How do I recover some of the important files
  11. How did you go about formatting it? Just a simple Windows format or one of those overwrite programs?
  12. There are a few free bootable recovery discs you can try this:

    EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition

    or MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
  13. Windows format
  14. what does this achieve?
    orMiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
    Recovery or partitioning?
  15. Jimmkibogo said:
    what does this achieve?
    orMiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
    Recovery or partitioning?


    they both can recover data from formatted,lost, corrupt partitions you would need an external drive,udb flash drive or dvdwriter to copy the data to.
  16. I say just plug it into a Windows computer, boot into Windows, and run Recuva. Worked for me.
  17. chiefkikaho said:
    I had this problem with a hard drive.... did it show up as a raw partition after a reboot? If it was a corrupt partition.... partition wizard did the trick, just analyze the drive and let it fix it for you.... i cant count how many articles i ran through over the months to recover a partition.... I tried so many different boot disks, data recovery, partition table, mbr fix programs all to no avail..... Partition wizard was so easy and fast. Good luck


    FUCK that's good advice! I cannot thank you enough! :)
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