Data recovery from a crashed hard drive

When your computer hard drive fails, you can often recover data from the hard drive as long as the crash was not caused by a major mechanical failure. You can install the crashed hard drive as a secondary drive on a different computer, allowing the computer to load the crashed hard drive into a working operating system. Once the drive is loaded, you can move the data to another computer or memory device for storage. Things You’ll Need
SATA or IDE Data Cable
Show More Instructions
Installing Your Beaten Hard Drive
Shut down and disconnect tower from computer.

Remove the panel from the left side of the tower using a screwdriver.

Locate the hard drive jumper on the back of your hard drive. This will look like a section of silver pins with a small black jumper box.

Read the jumper switch on the surface of the hard drive. This will tell you how to position the hard drive jumper depending on your hard drive model and brand.

Move the jumper to the “Slave” or “secondary” position, indicating that this drive is a slave drive and the computer should not attempt to boot from it. You may need to use tweezers to remove the jumper from the hard drive.
6 orange SATA ports on one motherboard.

Locate the SATA and IDE connection ports on your computer’s motherboard. Depending on the type of motherboard you have, you can find hard drive ports close to where your current hard drives are connecting. IDE ports tend to be gray in color, while SATA ports are often colored such as orange, blue or red.
7 IDE and Bridging Ports on a Hard Drive .

Locate the SATA or IDE data port on the back of your crashed hard drive. This port will match the size of the SATA or IDE cable.
8 SATA and the power cable connected to the hard drive.

Insert one end of the IDE or SATA data cable into the hard drive data port.

Plug the other end of the data cable into the SATA or IDE port on the motherboard.


Connect a power cable from your computer’s power supply to the second port on your hard drive. The hard drive will be connected to your motherboard and your power supply.
Recovering Data

Replace your tower’s side port, then plug in and turn on the computer, allowing Windows to boot.

Double click the “My Computer” shortcut on the desktop. If your computer can detect the crashed hard drive, it will be
listed here.

Double click on the crashed hard drive icon and navigate to the folder you would like to transfer. < br> 14

Right-click on the folder and select “Copy”.

Navigate to the folder or memory device where you would like to save the data.

Right click inside the folder and select “Paste”. This will make a copy of the data from the crashed hard drive to the new folder.

Repeat the process until you have moved all the necessary data from the crashed hard drive.


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