Dead Hard Drive what can I do?
Posted 25 October 2009 - 05:01 PM
Posted 25 October 2009 - 05:50 PM
You can try to hook the drive up in a working system as a slave drive and see if you can access it then.
You can put the drive in a external enclosure and try to access it on a working system.
You can put the drive back in your system and use a Linux live cd to see if the drive can be accessed. and then be able to backup the data you need.
None of the above mentioned ways is in any way a guarantee of working.
If the drive is totally dead then the only option is professional recovery.
Posted 25 October 2009 - 05:56 PM
Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:01 PM
I would suggest doing backups of your data just because of this.
I will include the directions for that just for future references.
Good luck and please let us know how everything turns out.
What I would suggest you do is to Backup your Data Files.
For this I would suggest using a External Hard Drive Enclosure. This will allow you to keep your Important Data safe and Separated from the main system in case of problems. The cost for this kind of Backup System has come down a lot. I would suggest a 500 Gig capacity for your needs. Since you will only be Backing Up Data Files Only this should be sufficient to do that for you. Follow the next two links to see examples of the price you will be looking at.
I suggest going to Microsofts Backup Tutorial and follow the steps to do a Backup to a External Drive and also it will guide you on how to do a Scheduled Backup even at night.
Another way you can do a Backup is by using DVD’s. This method is just as effective and can be done using the same steps as above.
Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:35 PM
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