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Recover from HDD crash

I experienced a system crash and was able to copy the data from the recovery partition onto a dvd

Can I recover my operating system (Windows XP Media) and original files from the data on the recovery partition? If so, how? What programs to use?

I do not have copies of recovery CD's.

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Can the PC boot at all? If not, what about taking the drive out and connecting it to another, working PC as a slave and trying to copy the data off that way. You could do this internaqlly or externally depending on the cables / interfaces available to you.

You should be able to access your recovery partition directly on the PC and use it to reformat the drive. Unless the drive is physically damaged this is the best option.

If the drive is physically damaged, then you will need to try to remake the recovery partition on a new drive - this could be next to impossible as you will need to know how the drive was partitioned and get it exactly right. The recovery partition was probably hidden and may have had a vendor specific format ID. Not impossible to do, but a lot of messing about in the low-level technical areas of disk reconstruction, and far too technical to decribe here.

Have a look on the PC vendor's website and see if they can provide recovery media for you - they can often do this for a small charge to cover postage fees.

Good luck
John

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Definition of Hard Disk: Hard Drive is a storage device where you can store any types of data and file. Hard Drive is available as external and internal device. We know PC storage device as internal system Hard Disk. When you save data or install programs on your computer, the information is typically written to your Hard Disk. The Hard Disk is a spindle of magnetic disks, called platters, that record and store information. There are several interface standards for passing data between a Hard Disk and a computer. The most common are IDE and SCSI. Hard Disk is made of one or more aluminium or glass platters, coated with a ferromagnetic material. Most Hard Disks are found as Parallel ATA (PATA), Serial ATA (SATA) or SCSI device.

Difference with Floppy Drive:
The term hard is used to distinguish it from a soft, or floppy, disk. Hard Disks hold more data and also faster than floppy disks. As an example a Hard Disk can store anywhere from 10 to more than 100 gigabytes, where most floppies have a maximum storage capacity of 1.4 megabytes. Floppy is more risky device than Hard Disk for losing data.
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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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Recover Data from crashed Hard Disk: Power surges, Software Corruption or Malfunction, Hardware or system failure, Natural calamities, User errors may crash your Hard Drive. Data recovery software helps to retrieve or recover the data from the crashed hard Drive. Data recovery software gives an easy and Graphical User Interface with less difficulty so that the data can be recovered easily. The recovery software helps to recover the data and restore them on a second Hard Disk, the Hard Disk being connected to the computer and recognized by the BIOS, the recovered data can be stored on a safe location on the second disk.


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.


Fragmentation: When the FAT entry is lost during accidental file deletion, formatting or partition deletion that particular block of Hard Drive becomes inaccessible. Some data recovery software makes an attempt to rebuild the files without a FAT entry. This technique is very efficient if the file size is smaller than the clusters size. But it is inefficient in recovery the larger files.


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