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Data recovery from an un formated drive

Last response: in Storage
December 8, 2012 6:39:18 PM

I bought a HP Pavillion laptop with windows vista on it about 11 months ago. Recently the fan stopped working and then i could not get access into windows.

I took to the retailer I bought it from, although it was under the warranty but the said they can not recover the data because the disk is showing as unformatted (corrupt).

Can anyone please tell me how do I recover the data from the laptop. As I mentioned I can not get into Windows. The laptop just turns on and take me to HP recovery mode.

Thanks for your help.
a b D Laptop
a b α HP
a c 89 G Storage
December 8, 2012 7:44:22 PM

duplicate post
December 8, 2012 10:04:10 PM

It is first and only post.
a b D Laptop
a c 291 G Storage
December 9, 2012 2:41:02 AM

IMHO the safest DIY approach would be to assume that the drive has bad media and then clone it, sector by sector, using a tool (eg ddrescue) that understands how to work around bad sectors.

Then use data recovery software on the clone.