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My Slave Harddrive Failed

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by , 12-08-2010 at 11:50 AM (2983 Views)
I can't believe this. How come that all of the stuff I have fails to work so early? I have two harddrives in my computer: a master harddrive on which Windows 7 is installed with 120GB of space, and a slave harddrive on which I save about all of my data and files with 1TB of space. Yesterday, the slave harddrive failed for some reason. Some of my data is lost, but there's a fair amount of data I still have on my external harddrive. Sadly, I haven't back-upped any school related files since the end of november, and I also lost some video-projects as well.

I have tried all recovery tools I know off, various SATA cables and inputs on my motherboard, and even different computers. The BIOS still sees both harddrives, but once in Windows, it just doesn't show up, whatever I try. All EASEUS applications seem to not recognize the broken harddrive, either. Really only the BIOS does, and that's something I still am struggling over. Because of this, I'm almost sure there is a way to get the important files off of there, and perhaps re-format it if possible after I have everything I need.

I have tried a lot of things, but nothing really worked. I haven't tried putting it in the freezer yet, and I am not going to until there's no way to get in there. It's probably not something obvious, but if you have a lot of experience with harddrive recovery and/or file recovery, could you suggest all of the recovery tools you know off, and perhaps other actions which you think are worth a shot? You will have my thanks.

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Updated 12-08-2010 at 12:04 PM by InvincibleSloth

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  1. Carlos36's Avatar
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    the EASUS software have helped me, in the past I could recover about 95% of my data( I found it very disorganized )with that but it took me sometime to go over all the EASUS recovered files if your computer can't see it maybe you should try another computer( i mean a different version of windows or maybe linux). I believe you have a good chance to recover your stuff. I suggest you try the freezer thing it might work. now if you go crazy and want to opened it to check the head just do it in a clean environment and that should be your very last option. I wish you good luck. is it clicking?
    Updated 12-08-2010 at 01:03 PM by Carlos36
  2. InvincibleSloth's Avatar
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    Thanks for your reply. As I said, really only the BIOS detects both harddrives, but nothing running on Windows or a bootable Linux CD does. Have tried it with two other computers, but no luck. It does the same as my computer does; only the BIOS detects it.

    I also believe I have a good chance of reviving my files, but one wrong action could ruin it all, so I'd like to proceed with caution, as there are some very improtant files on the harddrive. Since the harddrive decided to not respond, I opened up the computer and removed it from the motherboard. I cleaned up the whole computer, including the CPU-cooler (which by the way seems to have a good impact on the processing speed :)), and reconnected all the cables. Re-attached the harddrive to the motherboard, and then it did click for a while, but that doesn't surprise me, or else I believe the BIOS wouldn't even detect the harddrive. If I can't get into the harddrive via any software, I will give the freezer a shot, but I don't think it will fix it, though. I have used this method with a few older harddrives, and can't really imagine it works well with the newer ones.

    Anyway, thanks for your reply again. I hope I can just access the drive for a little while, 'cause that's all I need, since these files aren't big at all. :)
    Updated 12-08-2010 at 01:22 PM by InvincibleSloth
  3. Carlos36's Avatar
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    Why dont you try Easus in the master Hard drive ? you might have kept some data in there temporarily and then moved it to the slave. depending in your budget and in the value of the data you might opt to send it to a lab. I sent mine to ONTRACKDATARECOVERY. and they gave a crazy quote for $1800 to $2600. so I told them no way! and I sent it to ecodatarecovery and for $149.99 and after a week of wait they said it was impossible to recover because it had extensive damage to the platter surface. so I took it home and I could recover about (5% but most of it was damaged) from the actual bad drive and the rest of the recovery was done with easus in the "master drive mostly" and in the camera sd cards. my data was mostly family pictures and I did try the freezer thing too but that didnt help.
  4. summersyn's Avatar
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    This may seem like basic troubleshooting and you may have attempted it already, but do you have a SATA external enclosure you can attempt to use? I had a problem with the power on my 2tb SATA drive, and I was able to use my external enclosure from my Wii to troubleshoot (turns out the sole SATA power on my PSU is failing, now using PATA to SATA power converter).
  5. Traceable's Avatar
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    Recuva is a good file recover.
  6. silent1's Avatar
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    get hirens boot cd 12.00 this cd has all apps you need fallow the instruction you have to boot from cd you will get all files back
    this cd is a life saver
  7. silent1's Avatar
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    don't open the hard drive you never will a have a full clean room like a labor if you open it your drive is death !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. InvincibleSloth's Avatar
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    Thanks, all, for your suggestions. And thank you, Krank, for deleting the useless spam. :)
    I couldn't reply at all as I'm extremely busy with school, and my internet connection is really poor last week.

    I've finally managed to get in my harddrive by using the freezer method, and I now have most of my data back using EASEUS Backup Wizard.
    Some files were corrupted, including a PlayStation emulator Memory Card with a lot of savegames on it (Yes, a LOT. Maybe a total of 350 hours gameplay??), a very few school-related files and some other stuff. Luckily I got the most important files back, including various passwords and videoprojects, on which I am working for about four weeks already.

    Thanks again. :)
  9. aussieguy.'s Avatar
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    save, save, save, & save again, & backup. You can never save & back up things enough. I decide what stuff I am not bothered about if I loose, for vital stuff I back up on external drives each week.

    I also use a recovery program called stella pheonix