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    Hey gang,

    as some of you might know I'm building mom a new computer, as her old one perished not long ago. As the hardware is falling neatly into place and the major tests (memtest, prime95 24hrs etc) have been passed she let me know she wanted her data from her old hard drive. This would normally be easy to do as I have an external enclosure that'll fit an old IDE hdd. However things are not that easy as neither windows nor spinrite see the drive. It makes some clicking noises for a little while as it's trying to spin up or something, but ultimately it just gives up and refuses to show up for a whole night of spinrite. Mom's pretty fond of her data, and I'm still not giving up on her hard drive. Does anyone know of any good ways to recover some (or all) of her data?

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    Last chance saloon...

    Put drive in freezer for 24 hours then repeat your tries at pulling data off

    This has been known to shrink bearings etc etc enough to re allign enough to grab what you can before it is totally dead (which it may be already from the sounds)

    As it warms again things will go south so it may be necessary to repeat if you have any success at all
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    Thanks for the speedy replies. Here's the progress so far:

    Connected the drive directly to the mobo via an IDE cable and powered it. The computer is then turned on; it makes the same noises over and over again, when it stops, the computer actually goes on past the start up screen or into bios, where it doesn't see it. I tried this with various orientations of the hard drive, to try and gravity assist the process. This hasn't done much, other than delay my start up times while the noises mock me.

    Tried GetDataBack and NortonGhost but they didn't see the drive at all. Needless to say I could recover data this way.

    Tried Spinrite again with the drive hooked up to the mobo, and it keeps telling me "error reading partition table drive 00 sector 0BIOS reported 0 sectors/track, as summing 63!". A new one of these pops up after each session of noises from the HDD. This happens 3 times, then SpinRite starts up after some other error. Once in SpinRite we spend some serious time discovering system's mass storage devices while series of noises run their course. SpinRite then proceeds to tell me it enabled SMART on my main HDD and on the next screen (which is very red and has chain link Xs in the background) it tells me of a division overflow error, occurring "at 6DB1 from which SpinRite CANNOT recover. The system has been halted." The following is also displayed:
    eax: 00000000 esi: CFEF0000
    ebx: 00000100 edi: 001081A9
    ecx: 00000000 ebp: 000F3F7C
    edx: 00000000 esp: 00003F5E

    ds: 1063 es: 6FE8 fs: 5000
    gs: 067A ss: 33F2 fl: 0246
    From here the only option was a restart.

    Right now the drive is in the freezer.

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    Please, keep us posted. I'm actually curious to see if this freezer trick would work or not.
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    Well from what I hear it does work sometimes. This was not the case though. I even unleashed another program at it (recover my files) , but overall i had no luck at getting it to give me some data back. I've googled of ways to dispose of a hard drive and everyone stressed that I should wipe the data off it so that evil doers can't recover any of my private files :rolleyes:. I think that I will actually take a drill to it. Not to make sure that the data is unrecoverable, but just out of sheer frustration with the drive.

    Now for the lesson of the day: mom needs to backup her data. I figure the best way to do this is via another hard drive. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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    If you are talking about doing an image of her "C" drive then I would recommend a freeware Macrium Reflect.

    If you are talking about just backing up various data files then I would recommend a freeware GFI Backup.


    Yes, I would recommend you do the backup to a different drive either internal or external; cant recommend anything free here though.

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    Thanks for the reply, I'll have to look into those programs and see what's more advantageous.

    I wasn't expecting the hard drives to be free. So you can recommend stuff that'll cost too I just don't think I know much about hard drives.:$

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    Quote Originally Posted by PruritusAni View Post
    Thanks for the reply, I'll have to look into those programs and see what's more advantageous.

    I wasn't expecting the hard drives to be free. So you can recommend stuff that'll cost too I just don't think I know much about hard drives.:$

    I am sure others will have their own idea of what's the best HHD. I really like these from Samsung.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

    large enough you could partition it and store images on one partition, data on another, music on another, etc.........

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    Thanks guys, an F3 is on its way. I'm most likely going to have it set up in an external case as mom's hdd is only 250Gb. I could probably use it as an additional back up of the important stuff too and as storage of movies/shows (I have soooo much BBC stuff).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KIPPER View Post
    If you are talking about doing an image of her "C" drive then I would recommend a freeware Macrium Reflect.
    I'm trying to fully upgrade my moms pc as well, She has a HDD thats like nine years old, and I want to put the whole OS on a newer HDD, mainly because she cant find the OS cd, so would this free version of the software do that? I also found Acronis True Image Do you know which one would be better and if these would work with IDE going to SATA?

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    TI will have more of a learning curve and is starting to become a little bloated. Macrium reflect Free will work and best of all its free. I put it on the builds I do for friends and enemy's alike. LOL

    I prefer Pargon products which are easy to use, not that expensive and have never failed me yet.

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