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I got a laptop from my wife's friend and the HD is near death. It wont boot up and I can only randomly get it to be noticed on my machine. I can transfer some files normally, copy/paste but this would take days to manually go through, to another internal drive. Some times it just freezes up and will not let me continue. I can still view most of the files on the bad drive. Is there a good program to assist with this or a better way to recover the files off the bad drive?

This women has 7 years of her two children's photos on this drive with no back up. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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If the drive still spins up then try on track easy recovery. I've had good luck with it
 
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thanks I have tried getdataback but it keeps freezing up an hour or so in.
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Any one else have a go to in this situation?
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Ok, heres a trick Ive used many times with excellent results, place the drive in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer for a few hours, when you get it out connect it and immediately start copying the needed data, itll work for a while usually if you dont get all the data in one try put it back in the freezer after it cools down and go for round 2. We use this on data center drives and desktop drives at work when users dont have backed up data and a drive dies, usually it works if the drive has mechanical problems. If the problem is the circuit board then the best option would be look for a drive of the exact same model with the same firmware version and swap the board over from the new drive to the dying drive,, this will allow you to read the data usually.

Also for a software solution to recover files this is one of the best programs out there if you follow the instructions on how to use it

http://www.r-studio.com/

They supply a decent guide on the best way to recover files on the main page at the bottom


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Edited by Relevant Wing - 3/21/13 at 5:55pm
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