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My brothers HDD says Missing Operating System and we can't seem to get it to work again without loosing all his stuff. We tried the Vista recovery cd but it didn't work.

What program can I use to recover all the files if any?

How can we get the files off the "dead" HDD and put them onto an external?
post #2 of 8
You can connect it as an external and use recovery software.
Here is a review on data recovery software. If the data is truly important you wont have an issue spending $100 on software to recover it.
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If you tried the recovery CD, you probably wiped everything. If not, here's a way to recover: get an external enclosure or hook up another drive to the secondary IDE or SATA, whatever. Then, using a new drive, just install an OS on the new drive and see if you can read the corrupted drive. (Tigerdirect sells a good enclosure under the brand Ultra). If you can, copy the files or image them onto the new drive ASAP, just in case the old one dies again. You can then reformat the old drive and use it as an external. Always back up, though.
post #4 of 8
you could run a live linux cd, then copy the files (or the whole hard disk) to an external disk then format and re-install windows and still have access to your old files. With a fresh operating system.

you wont have to install linux to access your files.

downloads Ubuntu and burn the .iso to a disk. Then put it in your pc with the wrecked hard disk in and select the live option.

good luck.
post #5 of 8
I've used SpinRite time and time again on "dead" hard drives and it has saved my bacon every time. Unfortunately it comes with a the high price of $90. The nice thing though is that you can get a refund if it doesn't work.
 
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google 'Recuva'
very good program man!
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google 'Recuva'
very good program man!
I have used that but if you want to get good results you have to buy software. Recuva works to an extent but not that well.
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You can always send it in to a drive recovery specialist. It may cost you 2,000 dollars, but if the data is important, it's well worth it. I've used Ontrak to recover data for my dad. Saved 3 years of financial data from a drive that had the "click of death". After that, he didn't have any problem ponying up for RAID1 and good disaster recovery setup.
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