Originally Posted by johnny.dot.exe
After a few minutes yes, but I am unable to access it or view its properties and no software recognizes it or the partitions on it.
If it appears in Explorer, my program will recognize it too. The question is how the HDD will respond to read requests. We know that some read requests succeed (albeit slowly) because Windows can read the partition table. It wouldn't appear in Explorer otherwise. If some read requests succeed, I don't know why others wouldn't as well. In your first post, chkdsk had gotten quite far (for a non-functional HDD, anyway); it could only do so if reads and writes were succeeding. So there is reason to believe that your HDD may still be working well enough to recover something. I guess I want to see this program succeed where others failed!
The only HDDs I've not
found it to be useful with are the ones giving the click of death or not spinning up at all.
If your issue with my program is lack of space on your computer for the 320 GB image file (plus additional space to recover the actual files to), you could start the imaging operation now, and see how it proceeds, first. If it looks like it is making good progress, then stop the imaging operation and find a way to expand your storage space (i.e. buy a new HDD). Move the partial image (and map) files to the new storage space and start imaging again—my program will resume where it left off. Also, you could try letting the program go until it has nearly filled your destination HDD, and then mount the partial image with Gizmo and scan the mounted image with Recuva to see what's recoverable with the partial image. Long as you mount the image as read-only, my program can resume imaging at a later time with more space. Just an idea.
Whatever you do, don't forget to keep the HDD cool when running it; the ICs on failing HDDs frequently run too hot and could fail as a result. A good fan is usually enough. However, one HDD I recovered data from was so slow that data recovery took several days. It was getting so hot that eventually moved it (and the USB converter) to the freezer. As the others mentioned, be very wary of condensation/frost when doing anything with the freezer.
Edited by Techie007 - 3/15/15 at 6:20pm