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cometflash

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I have two hard drives in my computer, but it seems one of them is not longer working. The computer can not longer detect the hard driver, and I hear noises as the HD is trying to turn on, and is like turning on and off.

My question is can I use the system restore to recover any files from this driver?

I'm using XP pro, with service pack 2.

Thank you for your time.
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Neil Jones

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System Restore probably won't help you - the files are on the drive in question. Sounds like the drive is mechanically dying. You may be able to run file recovery software on it but if the front screen can't see the drive, nothing else will either.
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I got a USB converter cable, so now I got the HD detected, but if I try to double click on the drive I get the fallowing message:

"E:\ is not accessible the request could not be performed because of an I/o device error"

Is it any hope?

I ask about system restore, because before the drive failed, windows try to scan the driver for problems, and start to delete everything. It scan itself without asking me.

When the windows start after that, all the files were gone, and when I click the driver, it said that I need it to format the driver.

When I used system restore, the drive got back as it used to be, with all the files restored. I know I should had saved all the files after this happen, but I didn't and because I have automatic updates on, my computer restart by itself on the day after, and I couldn't get the drive to work anymore.


I still have the restore point, but if I try to use it now, I get the error:

System restore:

(yellow !) Changes made to driver(s) E:\ after this point cannot be reversed because the drive was either excluded from System Restore monitoring, or was turned off or removed.
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I guess there is nothing I can do, Hun? :)
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I/O output errors are a sign of a dying drive.
System Restore will not help you. You need file recovery software which is not guaranteed to bring anything back.
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Is it any free available software? Which one would you recommend?
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If you can't access the drive, you can't run any file recovery software against it, sorry.
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