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My laptop was smashed and won't turn on. How do I retrieve hard disk data?

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You can try to physically remove the hard drive and install it in another similar laptop and get your data that way. If you can find a a two drive bay laptop to install it in just put it in the second bay and go into it that way (this would be the best solution). If this doesn't work you may be able to get one of those external hardrive cases and try to get one for the hard drive format you have (if possible). The only issue with that is most of these units (that I have seen anyway) are meant for regular desktop hard drives. If the data you have is extremely important you could send your drive out to a data restorer but this is very expensive and only recommended if you have really important stuff on their. Good luck, hope this helps.

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Accidently delete important filesusing Shift+Delete keys in Windows XP? Can't get valued pictures back from therecycle bin after you emptied it? How to retrieve data from 'not recognized'hard drive and reconstruct inaccessible partition?

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If the hard drive can't be detected(means can't showup in 'My Computer' as a drive letter like C: drive),you can try this way.Putthe hard drive in a zip-lock bag and put it in the freezer for 2-3 hours. Thenwhile it's still cold plug it into the computer.If it fails, you will have to go to a recoveryoffice but let's hope not because it will cost you a lot of money and whetherthey can recover the data or not is not guarantee.

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Most common problems of Hard Disk which may arise anytime are Booting problem, OS Installation problem, Hard drive crashing and another Hard Disk not showing original space or not showing partition etc. But in every case the risk is loss of data. In some of cases formatting and reloading of Operating System can recover your Hard drive and make it useful but formatting can recover a blank Hard Disk only without data. But you have to recover Hard Disk with data, so formatting is not possible.


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Logical data recovery: In a data loss situation when the Hard Drive is perfectly fine and the BIOS recognizes the Hard Drive but reports a read error, logical data recovery technique is very helpful. Here the files that are damaged or corrupted by any user error or virus attack are rebuilt rather than repairing the Hard Drive.


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When you say crash what do you mean? It's not spinning? corrupted data?

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