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Old 10-02-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

My hard drive crashed on me the other day. Turned on the computer and it indicated that the OS was not to be found. Bios does not detect it either. So I bought a new hard drive. My question is if any one knows of a software to detect an undetectable hard drive to recovery all my data on it. I had this problem happen to be before but was able to find a freeware to do it, but I forgot which software it is. I've tried a few so far, and none can detect the crashed hard drive.

fyi...the hard drive still spins, no click noise coming from the hard drive.

Any help is appreciated. I don't want to pay someone to do this yet. Thanks.
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:47 PM   #2
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Try booting up on a live-eval linux CD or USB key. I've had luck in the past pulling data off of a bad hard drive that could not be detected by Windows. I just used the regular old file manager that came with whatever version of Linux I was using at the time. Linux is far more flexible when it come to detecting different types of file systems.
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:58 PM   #3
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Is it the bios or just the OS not detecting the drive?
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Both Bios and OS is not detecting. I had this issue last year with another drive, and I was able to find a program on the net, free, which found the drive and from there I was able to get the data off.
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If the BIOS won't detect it, then a linux CD won't do anything.

If the hard drive is still detected by the BIOS, but Windows doesn't see the partition, a data recovery program would work.
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How are you connecting the bad drive? Have you tried an external USB enclosure? I would still try connecting the drive to a Linux system via USB enclosure. I have had this work for me in the past...
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How are you connecting the bad drive? Have you tried an external USB enclosure? I would still try connecting the drive to a Linux system via USB enclosure. I have had this work for me in the past...

i've connected it to both a sata port and also an external usb port with sata to usb and power supply. both does not detect. i don't know much about linux and how to connect it that way. can you give me more info?
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It's probably a mechanical failure in the device. There isn't really a way to recover the data from that unless you want to send it out to a company that does it and will charge an arm and a leg with no guarantee of recovery.
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