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Hard Drive Data Recovery

I am trying to recover data from a PC hard drive that is probably damaged. When I turn on the computer, it cannot boot into Windows and gives me an error message saying "Disk Read Error, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart." When I restart the PC, it takes me to this same error message screen. The BIOS can read the hard drive, however.

-What are my options in terms of recovering the data on my hard drive?

-Is there any way to boot up the computer without accessing this hard drive and then trying to recover data from it?

-Can I take the damaged hard drive out of the PC, put it into an external enclosure, and connect this hard drive to another PC in order to salvage the data? How about simply taking this hard drive and putting it into another PC and reading the data this way? Will these 2 methods damage the hard drive or corrupt the data further?

My PC is a HP Media Center m8120n desktop running Windows Vista Home. I have 2 internal hard drives--a primary one (that is probably damaged) and a second one. Both are SATA 320GB hard drives.

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Try "Kernel for Windows Data Recovery" data recovery software to recover data, You can get it from and follow the steps :
1. Get the HDD out of the external casing.
2. Connect the HDD to the Other system as External drive
3. Then run data recovery software on it will take time for the scan to be completed.
4. After scan completed u got d list of files ready to be recovered
5. Recover the files you want to recover.

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Yess it is:

Put that hdd in another pc who have WIN XP SP2 and REMOVE JUMPER from HDD!
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Re: Hard Drive Data Recovery

The best thing to do is what you said. on the 4th paragraph.
Take out the hard drive and put it in another pc that has the operating system up and running and make it a slave hard driver to retrieve the Data that is on that Hard Drive. There is no other way to recover. if you try to install a OS on that hard drive it will ask u to format HD. so i suggest you to Put it into another PC that is up and running.

I hope that answers your Question.
Thank You

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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.
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