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Recovering Data from a Failed Encrypted HD

Last response: in Storage
January 12, 2013 6:10:59 PM


I am having serious issues with my work laptop computer. I recently started getting a blue screen of death on boot, and when I ran a self-diagnostic of the computer through the BIOS, the hard drive failed the test. I handed the computer off to my IT guy, who agreed that the hard drive has failed, and is ordering me a new hard drive. The problem then is that I will end up with a brand new computer that's missing all my data, including numerous reports which took me hours to create. Yes, I know, I should be backing this stuff up, and I am now making far more frequent use of our network drive to store important files.

The error message I get is as follows:
STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
or its log or alternative.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.

Our IT dept is stretched very thin, and since the data I am missing is not truly "mission critical", I doubt they will spend much time trying to recover it. We employ full hard-disk encryption on all laptops, but I do have the password. How would I go about attempting to recover data from it?

When I turn on the computer, it immediately requests my password to get past the encryption, and then begins booting Windows XP Pro. After about 20 seconds, I get the blue screen of death. I take this to mean that my HD may not be completely fried, and that there is some chance of recovery. I have a spare computer sitting around, if the hard drive was not encrypted, I would probably attempt mounting it as a slave drive and seeing how far I get with it. How do I do this with an encrypted disk? Or is there a better way to attempt it?


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January 14, 2013 3:17:32 AM

You could try to mount it as a slave drive and see whether you could access the inner data.
If you still cannot reach the inner data, you should try a free hard drive recovery tool that has helped me recover the inaccessible data from a hard drive. It is efficient and easy to handle.
1. Do not store any new data on this drive to avoid the original data overwritten by new data, which can make it gone forever.
2. Do not save the recovered data on the same drive in case of recovery failure.
3. Do not forget to ask a specialist for help, if the recovery process doesn’t work.
4. Do not forget to back up your important data regularly on a different drive in the future.