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How can I retrieve photos/videos from a dead hard drive? Can I do this myself?

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Hi.

I've had the same thing happen about 6 months ago.

I bought a larger 80gig drive, and an external drive box (and a rear 4xUSB to make it neater.

Set up new drive and load up your software like a new PC. load software and connect dead drive. It will show up as drive E or F, and you can run searches for data from the search facility to transfer files.

When you get the opportunity delete all windows applications in that old drive, and just extract the information.

Worked for me - Just follow the details with the external drive case.

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You might still be able too. It may not run windows but you can try hooking up as a slave drive. If you have replaced the supposed bad drive with a new drive & have installed windows.
For two IDE/PATA drives. Set the pin jumper on the old bad drive to function as a slave. Check the sticker on the new drive & set it's jumper as a master with a slave. After windows starts you'll either see the old drive or you will not. If you do see the drive, try to copy & past to the new drive. Copy small amounts of data at a time. If you're new drive happens to be a serial ATA SATA hard drive, make sure it's the only drive listed in the bios boot menu. There are other programs out there that may help if the above does not. Try this link:
http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html
Things can get kind of geeky, so don't let it spook you. Large companies pay thousands to recover data from a dying or dead hard disk drive. Some folks claim they freeze their drive & were able to retrieve their data. Click on this link. http://clipmarks.com/clipmark/8D2D616A-E8D4-4D73-AF3B-77BCD532FFB2/

Good Luck!
Nothng to loose but time.
Mike

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Yes you can if you have another computer. There are several ways to do this.

I will have to know what kind of hard drive it is to give you a way to do this. I will also need to know what the other computer is and what type of hard drive it is capable of using. Give me any of this information that you can. Then we will go from there.

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Will not boot up
its not recamended that you try to retrive this from your hard drive

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Its better to take to a data recovery professional, or you can try a software named filescavenger.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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