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Complete Damaged HDD - Extract as much data as possible to multiple locations?

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Hi all

So in one of my other threads I had a dodgy 2tb Seagate drive, that has roughly 1.7tb of data on it.

The drive is not working properly at all. When connected it causes the computer to boot up very slow, easily taking 10 minutes or so to get into windows. The hard drive shows and works, but it is very very very slow, so its on the way out.

Its got a bunch of media on it, I would rather try and save what I can.

So unfortunately I dont have a spare drive of the same size, I do have enough space but its spread among 3 local disks and another one on my HTPC hopefully (if this is even possible)

So I'm wondering does any one know of some software out there that does a slow copy and paste type function across a whole drive, and able to spread out the pasting?

If need be I could do one operations for each destination drive.

Thanks
post #2 of 13
What's wrong with using My Computer / Windows Explorer copy / paste?
Actually, I'd do a copy and when that's done just leave the source files on the dodgy drive.
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post #3 of 13
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Its really dodgy, I tried to delete some Jpegs and it took about 4 hours to delete 13 of them.

I was hoping there was some specific software designed to work with really really damaged HDD.
post #4 of 13
Does it operate the same way when you boot your system into safemode and try do some changes over there?
post #5 of 13
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Yep, its hard enough to get windows to recognise it at all, takes about 3 or 4 restarts for it to show up.
post #6 of 13
I'd test a couple of the file transfers to see if the data even makes it to the good disk undamaged.

If the disks you have are free, I'd create a spanned dynamic volume and just copy/paste everything over to it.

Unfortunately I'm unaware of an software that would automatically place data to different disks as you describe.
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post #7 of 13
You could try the freezer trick. Ziplock it with a water absorbing item for a few hours.

Also I have adapters for hard drives to USB so I can easily hot-swap them. That way you don't deal with the slow start-ups.
post #8 of 13
DO NOT DO THE FREEZER TRICK!!!!!!! You can and will permanently damage the drive as it causes condensation and rush on the platers.

Buy a second 2TB hard drive, download unstoppable copier and just let it go.

Or copy what you need to copy off to one drive, copy more off to another drive and so on.
 
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post #9 of 13
I've done the freezer trick a few times (just in a plastic baggie) with good results.

The problem is that if it even works you just get 5-10 minutes usage since as the drive rewarms it just fails again.
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post #10 of 13
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Sadly I think its a lost cause guys, the drive is so bad, I set it doing stuff last night, and from what I can tell, its still "discovering" the 40 or so files I told it to copy/paste, and its just making weird noises over and over.
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