I live on the eastern coast and we had a series of recent electrical storms. During this time, my hard drive stopped working in my laptop. I have been unable to boot Win7 from the drive. Subsequently, I tried to run a start up repair (one of the options on boot) and it was unsuccessful. I dismantled an external hard drive and plugged my laptop's hard drive in since they are both SATA drives. My other pc seems to recognise the hard drive (it makes an icon ni My Computer for it), but I do not know if it's recognising the hard drive or just the adapter itself. When I try to open the drive from there, it tells me it cannot access the drive due to an I/O error.
I would appreciate if anyone has an advice on good open source and free software that I could use to recover the data from the drive. I have already tried Piriform Recuva and it was unsuccessful in recognising the drive in the first place.
Any advice would be good. I am a college student and cannot afford professional data recovery services so any solution needs to be DIY. I really need to recover these files as they are both school and work related quite crucially so any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I am not sure if this helps but the failed hard drive is a Western Digital 320 GB 5400 RPM with 8 MB cache speed. I don't know if this information is useful. i am a few days out of a two year warranty but i need to recover my data before i can return the hard drive to the company if that's even ultimately an option (I have heard that WD will not honor problems that are related to logical failures which this seems to be, since the drive can power up and by all indications audibly it is working fine (you can hear it spinning and clicking inside and sounds like a normal operating drive)).
TestDisk, Data Recovery TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.
NOTE If seeked lost file are still missing, give PhotoRec a try. PhotoRec is a signature based file recovery utility and may be able to recover your data where other methods failed.
PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.
PhotoRec is currently recovering my files. It claims it will take about 256 hours to do a 320 GB hdd.
Hopefully this pulls my files back, I tried to use Test Disk but it said the file system was too corrupted.... I was wondering... I know that PhotoRec doesn't keep the file system, but does it keep the same file names or will I be facing reorganizing a lot of files? I don't really mind doing this as long as I can get my files back in the end..
Have you got all your files back yet? Let me introduce you a freeware and I hope it may help you anyway. I just recovered my lost files by using it.
Download Here: http://freeware-recovery.blogspot.com/2012/07/free-dele...
It is free and easy to operate.Connect your hard drive to your pc and launch the freeware, follow the tutorial and wait for your files to be recovered.
But the scanning may take much time if your files are large. You can preview the files before saving them.
I just wanted to say thanks to the poster who recommended TestDisk. Despite other softwares saying the drive's data was unrecoverable, somehow TestDisk was able to read the original file system and let me copy all my files with the path and file names left intact. So grateful, it really saved my bacon!