Question about Western Digital (WD5000AAKS) 500 GB SATA Hard Drive

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Before my head explodes I thought I'd ask here. The problem started with a 500 GB WD HDD when it apparently had bad sectors and prevented Vista (32 bit) from starting (on PC1). Bought a new HDD that wouldn't work until I used a 64 bit Vista disc. That took a few days to figure out. Tried the bad sector disc on another pc (PC2) to see if it would work. IT DID! (that's when I discovered it had bad sectors through scandisk etc. that were then isolated) So I was happier then ever thinking my 235 gigs of data was recovered as I was able to see it and access it. My happiness quickly ended when I began moving the data to the HDD on PC2. It started to freeze. And then blue screen!! Tried to reboot but only got a black screen over and over. I can hear and feel everything starting but no OS and only black screen. I removed the 'bad' HDD and PC2 started normally again. Tried the 'bad' HDD on PC1 and also got a black screen only. Once I removed it from PC1 the pc stared normally again also. The bad HDD does spin as I can hear it and feel it. I even tried it with all other HDD's unplugged except the bad one. The mobo or bios sees it but it wont let anything be installed on it and the WD utility cd says it has "errors below the threshold" and asks to shut down the pc. Is there any hope of recovering the data on this drive? Any freeware programs to help? I made the mistake of thinking the data was safe as the drive was only 6 months old. I hope it wasn't a fatal mistake!!! Any advise or info really appreciated. Thanks

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You should boot from a Linux live cd and see if you can copy the data. Hopefully the bad sectors are not where your data is stored, but if that is the case you can use Hiren's Boot CD also booted from CD (not runned from Windows) and use one of it's tools for bad sectors recovery. That should isolate the bad sectors from beeing accesed to that the OS could run on that HDD, but this also means that some of your data may be lost. If you don't have a Linux CD get it from here . Also download Hiren's Boot CD from here .

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