Data Recovery on a Dead Disk Drive

Perform data recovery on a dead hard drive by connecting the dead drive to a USB hard drive adapter running on a working computer that is running the same or newer operating system as the failed drive. In some cases the drive will be readable and the data may simply be backed up or copied. More often than not a specialized data recovery software package will have to be installed on the working computer to recover the data and in extreme cases the drive will have to be sent to a specialized data recovery lab for advanced recovery services. Things You’ll Need
USB Hard Drive Adapter
Working Computer
Data Recovery Software
Storage location for retrieved files
Show More Instructions
File System Errors

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Connect the USB hard drive adapter to the work computer and install the necessary drivers for the device by following the onscreen instructions.
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Fix the failed hard drive to the USB disk drive adapter and a power source. Allow the operating system to detect and install drivers to the hard drive, but cancel any instructions that the operating system displays to automatically run the drive’s contents when it’s detected.
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Click “Computer” in the start menu and look for the drive not listed under hard drives. Right-click on the drive, usually the letter E or F, and click on “Properties”, then click on the “Tools” tab. Click “Backup Now” in the Backup menu and follow the instructions to select files and folders for backup. Store the backup on a different drive than the one being recovered, such as a USB flash drive or external backup drive .
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Click “Control Panel” in the Start menu and click “Administrative Tools.” Double-click “Computer Management” and click “Disk Management” to open a list of detected drives if the drive is not detected by operational system. Right-click on the drive marked as an “External Drive” and click “Import” to allow the operating system to access the drive. Follow the procedures for a backup once the drive has been detected.
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Click “Computer” in the Start menu and right click on the failed drive, if the drive is detected but no files or folders are found. Click on “Properties” and then click on the “Tools” tab. Click the “Check Now” button in the Error Checking category and check both boxes to automatically fix file system errors and to search for and attempt to recover bad sectors. Click “Start” and allow the system to restart if the operating system prompts you to do so. Allow the check to run to completion and then follow the procedures for a backup.

Formats, Partitions and Data Loss
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download and install a data recovery software package on the work computer.
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Connect the USB hard drive adapter to the work computer and install the necessary drivers for the device by following the onscreen instructions.
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Put failed hard drive to USB hard drive adapter and power supply. Allow the operating system to detect and install drivers to the hard drive, but cancel any instructions that the operating system displays to automatically run the drive’s contents when it’s detected.
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Run the data-recovery software and scan the system to hard drive failed.
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Performing an advanced hard disk recovery does not follow the onscreen instructions and save any recovered files on a drive other than the one being recovered, such as a USB flash drive or external backup drive. Refer to the help system of the specific data recovery software being used, or to the software’s website for specific instructions or more details.

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