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Well one of my hard drive just died for some reason. I still cant see all files on it, but if I am trying to open them or move.. it gives me an error "file corrupted" or "file can't be opened"

I just launched disk check ... do you think it will help?

What should I do to recover my data? Everyone who replies will get a +rep. The one who will help me resolve this issue will get $15 by PayPal
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post #2 of 22
Hard drive has bad sectors or is failing, backup as most as you can and prepare for harddrive failure.
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put in in the freezer in a plastic bag for about 4 hours get it out and immediately read off what you can usually this will buy 15-20 minutes to recover data

Edit wait you mean a mechanical drive or SSD
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Originally Posted by Relevant Wing View Post
put in in the freezer in a plastic bag for about 4 hours get it out and immediately read off what you can usually this will buy 15-20 minutes to recover data

Edit wait you mean a mechanical drive or SSD
Since you have already run disk check, there is a possibility that windows will attempt to unsuccessfully recover the file fragments, or mark the sectors as unuseable.

Get what you can using the methold above, but prior to trashing the drive, try using Recuva and see if you are able to get more data from the disk. You will be more successful if you do your recovery hooking the disk up to a seconday computer if the drive contains your OS. If it is the OS drive, the OS may overwrite sectors that Check disk marks as containing no information (but not unuseable).
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Its a mechanical HD and yes it's failed disc check up.

ARE YOU SERIOUS WITH PUTTING IT IN A FREEZER? how is that going to help?
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post #6 of 22
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Since you have already run disk check, there is a possibility that windows will attempt to unsuccessfully recover the file fragments, or mark the sectors as unuseable.

Get what you can using the methold above, but prior to trashing the drive, try using Recuva and see if you are able to get more data from the disk. You will be more successful if you do your recovery hooking the disk up to a seconday computer if the drive contains your OS. If it is the OS drive, the OS may overwrite sectors that Check disk marks as containing no information (but not unuseable).
Agreed with bolded, great program. I'd say try to get as much off as you can now, that hard drive sounds like its failing / about to fail.
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post #7 of 22
I had a similar problem, DON'T FREEZE IT OR RUN CHDSK. I had a HDD that was so screwed it thought it was 10 partitions. Acquire a copy of Active@undelete and use it to recover your data.
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post #8 of 22
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Its a mechanical HD and yes it's failed disc check up.

ARE YOU SERIOUS WITH PUTTING IT IN A FREEZER? how is that going to help?
Its the same concept as baking a graphics card, except I'm not entirely sure how it works. Just search on here, there are some threads of people doing this and being able to recover the data off their drives.
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post #9 of 22
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running Recuva eta 10 hours.....
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post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Born4TheSky View Post
Its a mechanical HD and yes it's failed disc check up.

ARE YOU SERIOUS WITH PUTTING IT IN A FREEZER? how is that going to help?
It probably won't. Most people who suggest it do so not because they understand what's going on, but because it's a magic incantation that sometimes works in some circumstances for some people. Nevermind whether it's appropriate for you or not. Unfortunately far too many people give "advice" in this manner.

Anyway, paste the drive's SMART data and let's see what we have to work with here.
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