Retrieving files from a corrupted 500gb internal desktop hard disk

my 500 gb internal desktop hard disk was corrupted and i need to retrieve my files. what am i to do to retrieve them?
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  1. depends on how it was corrupted. best case you send it to someone in california and pay 500 bucks to have them try and retrieve parts of it, and if they cant get anything, you get 100 bucks back of your 500. worse case, you cant.

    my father's hard drive died 3 years or so ago, it was a work pc with ~700 gigs of artwork (screen printer) and company data. they couldn't get anything off it, so its hit or miss.|

    if its just your computer, no business *** on it, then forget it.
  2. The easiest way to prevent data loss is to remove the hard drive and connect it to another PC as a secondary (slave) drive. You can run CHKDSK <drive letter> /f /r from a DOS prompt or use another program like EASEUS data recovery.
  3. any respectable data recovery company has no data no fee policy in place. paying $500 and only getting $100 back in case they fail is simply outrageous, how do you know that they even did anything?

    Drive is corrupted now, can you tell us more? there might be a way to recover data at home...

    when connected, what is happening?
    drive spins?
    drive clicks?
    drive is silent?
    drive is beeping?

    if it spins up and stays spinning do you see the drive come up in disk manager?
  4. Well do you know if it's file coruption (software) or phyical problems which caused the coruption. you can get an IDE/Sata USB adaptor and try to to manually copy files or like the poster above said you can try to sent it off for professional recovery.
  5. You could try a hard drive recovery freeware to help you:
    This freeware has helped my friend recover his inaccessible data from his corrupted drive. You should have a try!
    Actually, corrupted drive can be damaged in two ways: physical damage and logical damage. The physical damage always makes it very difficult to recover the inner data back. However, oppositely, the logical damage can be fixed at the aid of a recovery program. Therefore, you could try this recovery freeware at first.
    1. Stop writing anything new on the drive immediately to avoid the original data overwritten by new data, which can make your data gone permanently.
    2. Save your recovered data on a different drive or memory card in case of recovery failure.
    3. Not forget to format this drive to see whether it could work again.
    4. Ask a specialist for help, if the recovery tool doesn’t work.
    5. Back up your important data regularly on a different drive in the future.
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