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Hard Drive Data Recovery

Hard drives always seem to fail just outside the warranty period. I've got a WD5000YS 500gb Caviar with a boatload of irreplacable digital photos stored on it; making the usual click noises and not recognized by the computer. I'm sure the data is still intact on the disk but have no idea how to get it off. What are the odds of recovering?; the most cost-effective way to do that?

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Well, in your case the MOST effective way is to try some so-called data recovery software.

First of ALL - Connect your hard drive to your personal computer. And install this software Wondershare Data Recovery on the computer in order to perform data recovery. Get the program from its site.
data recovery (for Windows OS)
Mac data recovery (for Mac OS X)

Good luck. I hope that my reply has shed some light on the problem!

Posted on Jan 13, 2011

Hard drives break down - - recovery of data is difficult and expensive. One should keep a copy of all the data on CD - - DVD or another on some other media. I have 3 computers. I installed a spare hard drive in each. Therefore I have a master C drive and a spare D drive. I use a program called Ghost to clone or copy (program uses DOS) all the data form C to D. I do this about once a week and it takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the amount of data being transfered and speed of your computer. It is not complicated but there is a system or way of doing the transfer. A suggestion: A broken hard drive might not operate as a C drive but if you set the pins as a slave - - install it as a slave in MOST computers - - you have a good chance of retrieving you data.


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There is no easy and quick solution for this failure type and model.
The clicking is and or one of the following;

  1. Head stack failure
  2. Microcode issues
  3. PCB issues
You need to speak to a professional data recovery company for advice and how to take this forward, please do not switch the drive on any more as you may compound the recovery.

I hope this helps.

All the best with your recovery.

Posted on Jul 04, 2008

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