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Laptop is dead; can I still retrieve data from hard drive?

Ok. Now that I've been told my laptop is officially 'fried' (due to water damage), is there any way to retrieve what's on the hard drive? I did back everything up about a month ago, but would love to save my latest data.

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You can remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter or an USB hard drive adapter case and connect it to a working computer's USB port. If this computer sees it as an external hard drive then you can copy your data off this hard drive. If it doesn't see the hard drive, then it is faulty. There are companies that can recover data from faulty hard drives BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.
If the hard drive is OK you can put the hard drive into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an USB hard drive.

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If it still turns on you can get a enclosure for it on some websites for about 2 bucks a piece!

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Can I retrieve data from a non-working hard drive?


There are people who can retrieve data from dead hard drives but it can be costly so get quotes first-- look in the phone book
other than that the data is long gone

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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?

You'reLuck!Deleting or formatting won't make the data erased permanently.Thosedeleted data are still stored in the hard drive. They're just invisible orinaccessible.Only the FAT or NTFS table is erased (the information about wherethose data were saved), but the real data are still intact there in sectors ofthe hard drive.
So long as those deleted data are not overwritten by new data, it's highlypossible to recover them. The most effective way is to rely onsome data recovery program.

Tenorshare DataRecovery is a powerful data recovery program that can easily recover lost,damaged, formatted and accidently deleted data from your laptop or computerhard disk and all kinds of USB media drives.It can recover data afterdeeply scanning your hard drive to look for lost data you accidentally deletedor formatted.
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Withinfour steps, you can get back your data:
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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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I tried putting a bitlocker on my external hard drive, but during the initialization a power interruption occurred, the battery of the laptop I was using is not actually working, meaning the laptop turned...


Edwin,

Not sure if you still can recover your files. There are some good recover programs around, but not that many good ones for free. Some programs you can use to see what you can recover, and then you can retrieve 5 files or so and for more you have to pay.
Anyway when not to many files are already encrypted, you should be able to retrieve some or most files. Be aware you should not write one bit to the drive, till you really got back what you need.

Check out these sites, and see if you can get a program that helps enough. If not, you always can buy.
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Retrieving data from dead hard drive


Retrieving data fromdamaged hard disk is possible. There are companies that can remove the diskplatters from the damaged hard drive and with special equipment may beable to recover your data, but it will cost you an arm and a leg for theirservices. The reason for this high cost, they dismantle and remove the plattersin the hard drive in a clean room environment and set up the platters up injig/drive to retrieve/copy the data. First thing I would try isto remove the damaged hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapterand then plug this adapter into a working computer's USB port. If thiscomputer sees this hard drive as an external hard drive and you can open thevarious folders and files, then I would backup your data. If the hard drive is notdetected then the hard drive is dead and data cannot be retrieved with thismethod.

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Damage hard drive


If you've damaged your laptop's hard drive, there isn't too much you can do about the issue depending on the amount of damage. If it is only crashing, but still operable, you may just have enough time to save some of your information with an external hard drive or other form of data storage. Retrieve your preferred data storage device (an external hard drive would be the best choice in this situation) and try to save as much data from the broken hard drive by copying your data over to a backup folder on your external hard drive. You can find your external hard drive under "My Computer" once it has been plugged in. After you've saved your data, I would suggest buying a new hard drive for your laptop and replacing it carefully. Most laptops can be opened up from the bottom (DON'T undo any screws) and have their hard drives removed, so that you may be able to place in a new one. Be sure that you buy a compatible laptop hard drive, and not a larger hard drive meant for desktop computers.

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The chances are that you would have burnt the Power IC's, so there might not be any damage to the Hard Disk itself. you culd try buying a cheap External Enclosure at the closest IT store or moun the Hard drive on to a desktop computer. you should be able to retrive the data.

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If you know someone who can disassembly your laptop (for safety refer to a laptop specialist) to remove the storage device hard drive inside your laptop. You can retrieve all your data, you can use an usb external case wherein you can insert your laptop hard drive on it and it will work as your storage device of all your computer files, pretty cool because you can use that storage case in any laptop because of it's usb cable connector function.

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Did the computer man remove the harddrive from your laptop and connect it to some other machine?

If he did not, this is what needs to be done - the drive must be removed from the fried laptop and connected elsewhere to retrieve the data.

If he did and the drive is dead, then your chances are very limited. The only option will be to contact professional data recovery company, like ONTRACK (www.ontrack.com) for example - but you have to be prepared to pay lots of money...

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My aio is dead. want data retrieval.


Option 1. pull out hard disk. then insert to another laptop

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