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I am assuming that your hard drive is internal not external. Turn off the machine. Open the case and unplug and plug back in the connector(s) from the hard drive one at a time. Do this to both ends of the cable. If it is an SATA drive, you will have to squeeze the connector to get it to release. Close the machine up and turn it back on.
If this does not fix it, try taking the hard drive out and putting it in another computer. If it works there, the BIOS/Motherboard is bad on the original machine. If the hard drive does not work in the other computer, then it is likely that the electronics board on the drive is shot. You will have to take the drive in to a computer shop or send it somewhere to have the data recovered. That can get expensive. They will put a new electronics board on the drive to read it out. They will really gouge you.
There are utilties that you can try to download to a good machine, attach your bad drive to the good machine as a "slave", and run the utilities. That may or may not work to recover the data if the drive is screwed up but the utilities require a certain degree of expertise to work correctly and if the drive is not recognized at all, then they will not work.
I know you don't want to hear this, but backup, backup, backup.
Posted on Sep 08, 2010
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.
Posted on Sep 08, 2010
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