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Help me….my hard disk is damaged!

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Hi everyone , I am employed as a manager in a firm. I have a problem that I had like to talk about. My system was working fine the other day, but while copying a file by nero….the system hanged and I had to restart it. But I got a disk boot failure error. Then , I tried to run a windows xp installation CD, but that is also showing some error message during installation and the installation fails.I did check the bios settings and the disk fails to show…and had it checked on another system also…but bios cannot detect the hard disk.I think the disk is damaged or something like that.The disk has important data from my company’s point of view…..that I need to recover.
Please let me know if there are any ways to get my data back from this disk!!!!
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My advice to you is to stop messing with the drive until someone who is qualified to help can post something back to you here. Every second of the drives use is crucial if the drive is dead or dying. So don't use it until you get help! Also let us know if you hear the drive spin up. Are you hearing any clicking sounds coming from the drive?

Edited by superstar, 24 May 2008 - 01:04 AM.

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best bet if it's not detected by the computer would be to send it to professional data recovery but that is expensive ( hundreds to thousands ). It's also possible if you are tech savy to try and replace the electronics on the bottom of the motherboard but to do that you need to find an exact duplicate of the drive and take the electronics from it.... However it could also be a mechanical failure in which case the first idea is your best bet....
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