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Need to transfer OS and data files from Failed Harddrive. is this at all possible?

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It will depend if the hard drive is readable at all. A repair tech can try to plug it into a shop pc and see if it loads, there may be someone out there who can recover from a failed hdd, but it is not really likely if it cannot be used at all after being plugged into a shop pc.

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You can't transfer the os, but if you buy a HDR caddy you maybe able to plug it into a new pc to recover your data. Does your hard drive make any noises?

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Remove the harddrive from the laptop located on the bottom of the computer usually held in with two screws. install the harddrive into the hard drive enclosure and connect it to a working computer to see if your files are still present. transfer them imediately to the working computer if they are there. After the transfer insert the hardrive back into the laptop and test the hard drive with dft.( a bootable cd to test harddrives) IF the drive passes the test then use the recovery to restore the computer. here is a link to the drive fitness test.

If you didn't see your files while connected to the coputer using the encloser then you can still send it off to cali for data recovery services but it will cost atleast $500 Datalifeguards is one I know of.

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Also please note that if your laptop is under quarantee then trying the following steps can void your warranty.

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