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hi guys, i have a hard drive that is dying, it is only showing up half the time when i boot, i changed the sata cables and power cable, im booting primarily from a new drive i got.

sometimes when i boot into windows i can see it, but its slow, has errors accessing files and sometimes dissappears from windows explorer altogether.

so theres obviously some sort of i/o error with the drive. that said is there any recommended way to get files from it? i want to get my outlook pst file for work.
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I'd say, grab that PST file whenever you get the opportunity and do it ASAP.

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post #3 of 4
Hi @mothrpe!

The best option will be to make a backup of anything important next time the drive is recognized.

However, if it doesn;t help, then you can give Linux Live CD a shot and see if it will help in this situation. You can take a look at this Ubuntu KB article for additional information:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD

Shortly, you can follow these steps and see if you can retrieve your data:

  • Download/burn the ISO image to a CD or USB.
  • Change the boot order to the media you burned the Linux on.
  • Once it loads, you could try and mount the drive (or if Linux can read it, it will mount by itself) and see if it shows up. In case it is - transfer the data.


If it doesn't help, then contact a data recovery company and see if your information can be retrieved from the drive. Also, do have in mind that the more you use the drive and try to repair it, the worse the damage and the extraction of files may become. Here's a list with few companies that you can check:

http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=K2G1Km

Hope this helps and best of luck!
post #4 of 4
I've had some success with the freezer method. Just place the drive in a zip lock bag and let it sit overnight in the freezer. During the times it did work the drive stayed up longer than usual and was enough to get what I needed off.
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