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I have a hard drive that when I plug it in it says "This disk needs to be formated" and I cant open any files to save them or anything. How can I get the data off of this?
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These guys can do it.. and are experts at full recovery. -> DCS Inc.

more info on them here-> http://www.copiersecurity.com/about-...-13-story.html

They specialize in HDD restoration [copy machines use standard HDD's which makes there methods 100% for data recovery of home computers and laptops as well].
post #3 of 12
Try some hard drive recovery software? Unfortunately I'm at work so there isn't really anything that I can suggest, I've tried a few free ones and they work with varied degrees of success.
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Apparently some people have been able to get past this by just clicking cancel on th message box then they can view their files. You can also right click on computer icon go to manage and in the manage window select that drive ad remove the letter on it i.e. C: or H: this should stop it from displaying that message or you can disable autoplay.
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I was looking for some free program to maybe try. Hmmm
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Originally Posted by ChrisB17 View Post
I was looking for some free program to maybe try. Hmmm
Try Carbonite, Free trial.

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post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by CL3P20 View Post
They specialize in HDD restoration [copy machines use standard HDD's which makes there methods 100% for data recovery of home computers and laptops as well].
This part of the statement is misleading. There is no guarantee at all with data recovery.

They're various ways to attempt recovery on your own but first you must ask yourself if you are willing to go through the steps or if you want to pay for a service such as CL3P20 suggested.

Keep in mind that ANYTHING you do to the drive may cause more data loss. So if you attempt to recover it on your own and then later pay for a service, that service is dealing with a heavily damaged drive.

Most programs will not work with a drive that shows to the OS that it has no format. You can try freezing the drive(putting drive into a air tight anti-static bag, expelling air from the bag and putting it in freezer for 8 hours then immediately hooking it up and attempting to read it and recover data) but that is usually saved as a last resort.

Norton Ghost might be able to copy the HDD into an image file if you run it from CD/Dos prompt. I have had a little success with that but Norton is pay only.
Edited by Sarec - 11/4/11 at 12:16pm
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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Sarec View Post
This part of the statement is misleading. There is no guarantee at all with data recovery.

They're various ways to attempt recovery on your own but first you must ask yourself if you are willing to go through the steps or if you want to pay for a service such as CL3P20 suggested.

Keep in mind that ANYTHING you do to the drive may cause more data loss. So if you attempt to recover it on your own and then later pay for a service, that service is dealing with a heavily damaged drive.

Most programs will not work with a drive that shows to the OS that it has no format. You can try freezing the drive(putting drive into a air tight anti-static bag, expelling air from the bag and putting it in freezer for 8 hours then immediately hooking it up and attempting to read it and recover data) but that is usually saved as a last resort.

Norton Ghost might be able to copy the HDD into an image file if you run it from CD/Dos prompt. I have had a little success with that but Norton is pay only.
I was in no way saying that they can restore 100% of your info... only that the HDD's are the same, so their methods and software work for Computer HDD's no matter if they are standard or laptop drives.

*thats all

... I completely agree with your statement- making an image of the drive you may be more successful in identifying file formats and then recovering them [if the HDD is damaged.. if not.. it shouldnt matter really].
post #9 of 12
I believe if you put the HDD in the freezer in a anti-condensation bag over night, you have about 30 minutes to move all your flies off the hard drive.
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http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

TestDisk can probably fix it by writing a new partition table to the drive. If it works, toss them a donation.
     
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