|Date||:||21 Aug, 2005 on 08:36|
I have a computer that crashed.
Needed to put in new 80GB hard drive. All emails and other data deep inside previous 20.5GB AT Fireball Plus AS (3.5 Series)
Please advise as to how to proceed for recovery of data.
(1) Your experience with retrieving data?
Please give me detailed advice about the problem. I really appreciate your time and concern.
|Date||:||21 Aug, 2005 on 19:50|
If you are considering using a service like OnTrack, the first question you have to ask yourself is, how critical the data you have lost REALLY is. At $500 to $4,000 for recovery, if the data wasn't of an important business, or financial nature, it's probably not worth the expense, assuming you don't have money to burn.
With OnTrack, you will have to submit your drive for analysis before they will quote you. You can google them, and get more info on their web site, or call them for details on the process.
As far as recovery, your odds are actually pretty good that most of your data will be recovered.
|Date||:||22 Aug, 2005 on 04:36|
|What's the state of the drive? Does it spin up and does the BIOS recognize it? If so, you may be able to recover the data with DFSee. I had a big success with this when a laptop drive I had failed. Lots of sectors were failing, and I couldn't boot it. I mounted it in a desktop machine and Windows couldn't read the FAT32 or NTFS partitions and OS/2 couldn't read the HPFS partitions. But, with DFSee, I was able to recover all the important data from it. And a lot of stuff I didn't need. The main issue when I was recovering the data was that I didn't have enough space to put it!
If the BIOS doesn't see the drive, I have heard of people finding an identical drive and moving the electronics from working to the non-working drive and recovering the data that way. Search this board as I think there was a discussion on this earlier in the year. Otherwise, you will have to resort to one of the recovery companies. I haven't tried this as I've never lost data that was important enough. (Why did the sound of crashing drives echoing through my brain as I typed that?)
In any case, good luck.
|Date||:||22 Aug, 2005 on 06:25|
1. Is the drive being seen by BIOS?
2. Can you hear the drive "spin up" when you power up the machine?
If the drive isn't spining up, it could be the spindle is sticking. Pull it out of the machine and twist it a number of times quickly in the palm of your hand (essentially to break the spindle-bearings loose). It may allow you to recover the data.
If the drive can be seen by BIOS, and for some reason DFSee can't recover the data, you can also try SpinRite. It costs a bit, but is apparently quite effective.
|Date||:||22 Aug, 2005 on 09:31|
What were the exact DFSee commands you used?
|Date||:||22 Aug, 2005 on 10:30|
|Most important question - your location.
Second - full explanation of drive's failure (unusual noise, burned PCB/chip, etc).
Data Recovery Engineer
|Date||:||23 Aug, 2005 on 01:48|
Sorry, it's to long ago. I also did a couple of things to try and get the partitions back, so that I could copy the files using the OS. I think this worked for one partition, but, not all.
Looking at the DFSHOWTO.TXT document, I think I used the commands in scenarios 34 or 35. I think I used both, as I was learning how to do it at the time.