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Old 11-22-2010, 19:54   #1
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Data recovery gone good!!

My neighbor brought her laptop over yesterday, windows won't boot even in safe mode. Hiren's Mini XP won't touch the docs, the HDD freezes my PC and shows 0% used/0% free. It won't mount for a chkdsk /r either.
Turns out that, of course, every single picture she's taken since 2006 is on that bad hdd....with no backup.
My intention was to fix this for them gratis as a going away gift (they're moving to the down undah next month).

Well the data gods were smiling, I fired up Spinrite and it crunched for about six hours but recovered the data! I copied all data to a USB drive and reassembled the laptop and everything works fine. Tomorrow I'll give the laptop back with a shopping list for a new HDD and I'll clone it over before it fails again.

Nothing more, just wanted to share this good news!
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Old 11-22-2010, 21:56   #2
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Way to go ... Spinrite is a handy utility, I use it and/or EasyRecovery Pro for data recovery.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:27   #3
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sweeeet. godo work my man
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:03   #4
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Good Job!

Glad to hear others have good results with data recovery.

The Data Recovery gods rarely smile on me... I have tried a couple of products, but no joy. I have pretty much decided to farm the work out these days...

Perhaps I will take a look at Spinright. It's just - What do you practice on? Delete a bunch of files on a drive and go hunting them down?

Would be nice to have a Data Recovery *win* under your belt!
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Old 11-24-2010, 15:06   #5
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What do you practice on? Delete a bunch of files on a drive and go hunting them down?


I'm not sure that you can practice ... recovering data that has been deleted is a snap compared to recovering data from a damaged hard drive.


SpinRite is very good at bringing a damaged or dead hard drive back to life but can be VERY slow, I've seen it run for a weekend while Easy Recovery Pro will allow data recovery without repairing the drive in a fraction of the time.


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