Is it possible to get pictures off crashed hard drive.
I think my hard drive crashed. The computer screen turned blue and said restart if you haven't seen this screen before. I restarted and the screen was black. I had two options on screen, one set up utility or reboot. Neither one helped. Could not reboot. I ran IDE diagnostics and results said: Drive 0 WDC WD1200JB - fail return code 7. Don't know what that is. I have pics of my brother who passed away on my computer and that is why I am so desperate to try to retrieve them. I just purchased an external hard drive and didn't back them up in time. Just please be honest and tell me am I wasting my time. I don't want to get my hopes up. I have been told I could have them retrieved and others have told me if the hard drive crashed not to waste my time.
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I have three "crashed" hard drives in my own. I pulled them out and they were dead (as computer guy said after check them) but i still using them as an external drives. Just buy the adapter
3.5' IDE to USB for instance here or here
These links just to give you the idea what to look for. You can find even cheaper (around $12) with free shipping. These adapters are coming with complete instructions how to connect the hard drive.
This is a safest way. And in most cases it works.
Please kindly contact me if you need more info or if this solution is not appropriate for you. I am here and always ready to help
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You can still recover your data. Just follow these instructions:
Connect that harddisk to another computer with Windows XP. Check if harddisk is detected on that computer. If yes then check that partitions are showing if yes then simply copy your data. If partitions are not shown that you have to download software named Get Data Back / RxStudio
And run either of these software to recover your data.
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Check the cables of VGA, Mouse , Printer , Scanner and Keyboard for loose coupling at the back of computer box. Determine if you changed anything recently. The most common cause of the Blue Screen is a recent change in your computer's settings or hardware. This is often related to new drivers getting installed or updated. Drivers are software that allow your hardware to communicate with Windows. Check your computer's internal hardware. Sometimes, a poor connection inside the computer can cause a Blue Screen. Open your case and check to make sure that all the cables are firmly connected and that any cards are seated firmly in their sockets. This is more difficult for laptops. You can check the hard drive and the RAM to make sure that they are connected properly. Remove the panels in the back that cover the hard drive and RAM with a small Phillips-head screwdriver. Press the components firmly into their connections. This step is not recommended due to damage in customer device risk. Check your computer's temperature. Overheating can lead to your hardware malfunctioning. One of the most common components to overheat is the graphics card. In BIOS post test the computer shows on black screen at start up the temperature conditions of computer box. To check it customer can restart the computer and on first screen top right or left corner will show the information of temperature. If it is more than 40 celcius then it is more likely to crash the computer. Reseat the computer in a more cooler place i.e top of the table and away from the wall for venting purpose. The malfunction of processor fan can also be the reason. Test your RAM. A common culprit in system crashes is a bad stick of RAM. When RAM fails, it causes the system to become unstable. Open the box unplug it from the Slot Remove the RAM clean it for carbon and dust particles and plug it back on make sure when you plug it back you hear the click sound. Test your hard drive. Run the "chkdsk" function on your hard drive to scan for errors and fix potential problems. A failing hard drive can cause Blue Screens due to corrupted files. To run chkdsk, open command prompt and type CHKDSK entre. Strip your computer down to the essentials. This is possible on desktop pcs that take out all hardware including hardisk, keyboard, mouse etc and start plugin them one by one until error comes again.
This is late response.....maybe it can help someone else....I had the same problem with Verbatim SuperSpeed 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive - plugged into Fujitsu Lifebook notebook running Vista SP1 and got the blue screen. Solution: upgraded to Vista SP2 which solved the problem (also Fujitsu had me update the chipset on my laptop, but I don't think this made a difference). Hope this saves someone else time!
Most likely problem is a physical problem with the hard drive, but could be plenty of other things. Best bet is to back up your information (if possible) and do a fresh windows install, if you continue to get the message after a clean windows install, your hard drive is not stable, and has a problem.
Have you installed any application/program prior to the blue screen? Most blue screen causes your system not to boot to your operating system anymore. It is possible that your hard drive is crashed due to a virus infections or spywares. Incompatibility and corrupted system registry may affect your system to have blue screen as well.
You may try the following steps below.
1. Restart your computer. After you pressed the power button to restart. Keep on tapping F8 key on the keyboard on and off.
2. Boot advanced option will show up on the screen. You may boot your computer to the following option.
a. Last known good configuration b. Safe mode with Networking.
If Safe mode w/networking works, restore your computer to an earlier using the system restore features.