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How to recover data from an external HDD when it saw the ground

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February 22, 2012 5:00:32 PM

Hi,

A friend of me gave me his hard drive, the laptop has felt on the ground. The disk doesn't boot windows anymore so he asked me if I could try to recover his data. So I plugged in the hard drive with an external kit to my laptop, I see the disk in my Disk Management, I hear the drive spinning but it sound like there is water in the HDD. But when I click initialize disk I get "Incorrect Function". I tried it with a linux cd but this doesn't recognize the disk.

SO what can I do to read the data?
a b G Storage
February 22, 2012 5:18:49 PM

Goto the driver vendor web site and dl the dianostic software to run on the drive. It should tell you the condition of the drive.
February 23, 2012 4:19:54 AM

I hope Western Digital has something like that, will chack there website.
February 23, 2012 6:01:12 AM

I downlaoded the software from WD, it displayed 300 errors but it can't fix anything.
TestDisk and Knopix didn't worked either.
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