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<p>Back up your important files and programs absolutely
necessity for time.<span> </span>Fortunately, Windows
7 has a built in your favor in the implementation of data backup and recovery
procedure for your computer support. Use Backup and Restore Backup Windows 7
and all data stored on the hard disk. Although the Windows utility does not
have many extra features such as third-party tools, is more suitable for the
backup process and cost you a penny.<br />
<p> <br />
<p>1. Connect the USB cable from the external HD into a USB
port on your computer. Connect the "Startup" window that opens.<br />
<p>2. Click Start, click Control Panel. Click "System and
Maintenance, click Backup and Restore" button.<br />
<p>3. Click on "Configure backups to backup and restore
window that opens. Click on" External Hard Drive "in the destination
window and click Next. This means that the hard drive as the location of backup
<p>4. Click the "Let me choose" option to a dialog to
open files on your computer. Click to select Include system image units. "This
option ensures that the backup is a copy of Windows 7 operating system, so
belong to reformat or hard disk crash can be recovered.<br />
<p>5. Click "Next" and click "Save Settings and
Run-up" on the confirmation window to start creating a backup of your
operating system Windows 7. Do not get your hard disk to the process.<br />
Before you use the Recovery CD you need to backup your data because to restoring your laptop will wipe your data off the hard disk. To backup your data when you cannot boot up your laptop, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter. Connect this hard drive/USB adapter into the USB port of a working computer. The computer will see it as an external storage device, you can then open the folders and backup your data. You can then fit the hard drive back into the Dell laptop and boot up with the Dell recovery CD to reinstall Windows etc.
If it won't boot because of this problem, then the hard drive with your operating system may have failed. If it offers several boot options, then choose safe mode and the use the scan disk programme (set out below for XP, other o/s slightly different) to try and resolve the problems.
Your hard drive is probably split into 2 partitions a large one for general use, a smaller one for backups and support data.
Try going to Start - All Programmes - Accessories - System tools - Scan Disk for both partitions
This is my suggestion for you to possibly recover the back up file in your external hard disk.
Remove the enclosure cover of the external hard disk. Detach the hard disk from the ide connection. Change the jumper setting of the hard disk to slave. See the sticker in the hard disk to see how to set up the jumper to slave. Connect the hard disk to the ide cable inside your pc. If your computer is equipped with sata cable, just find some ide cable and connect it the the ide slot in your motherboard.
Restart your system and you will find your hard disk as drive (d:) in your system. If this was successful then problem can be cause by loose terminal solder in the usb/ide connector of the enclosure, or possible voltage drop of the power supply of the enclosure. USB driver issue or problem with the usb slot in your computer can also cause this issue.
If the power supply doesn't delivers the correct current the hard disks can't spin fast enough and this is detected as a failure by the pc, which cuts the connection. Hopefully by replacing the source all will go back to normal. Otherwise you will have to crack open the cases, remove the disks and install them directly in a desktop to try to access the data on them.
If the BIOS does not detect the hard disk then the hard disk could be faulty.
Retrieving data from damaged hard disk is possible. There are companies that can remove the disk platters from the damaged hard drive and with special equipment may be able to recover your data, but it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services. The reason for this high cost, they dismantle and remove the platters in the hard drive in a clean room environment and set up the platters up in jig/drive to retrieve/copy the data. First thing I would try is to remove the damaged hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and then plug this adapter into a working computer's USB port. If this computer sees this hard drive as an external hard drive and you can open the various folders and files, then I would backup your data. If the hard drive is not detected then the hard drive is dead and data cannot be retrieved with this method.