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by: alidickson May 4, 2006 5:38 PM PDT

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How to recover data off dead hard drive

by alidickson - 5/4/06 5:38 PM

I'm using WinXP w/sp2. Last week, I had to do a complete system recovery, reformat, and reinstall windows. I have an HP Pavilion desktop, with 40GB master (w/OS) and 200 GB slave. I have no idea what happened. As far as I know, it just happened for some unknown reason. I just rebooted, and the system never came back on.

Somehow when my OS went belly up, so did my slave drive. I've been all over the internet and looked at multiple forums here, and need some simple direct assistance. My head is spinning.

OK. I've ordered a new PC because I've had nothing but problems ever since the re-install of the OS. Various error messages. And this thing is about 5 years old, and it's been upgraded as much as it can be. I've considered erasing Windows again and re-installing one more time. Would that be wise? Could a poor reinstall result in these error messages (cycle redundancy error is a common one). BTW, I used my recovery disks that I made when the system was new.

My main issue though is that the slave has all of my data on it. It is now not being recognized by my system. I put a different HD on as the slave, and it IS recognized. So I assume this drive is dead, and I need to recover my data! I know companies that do this charge hundreds of dollars. I've looked at various software programs, but who's selling you crap and who's product will actually work?

So, please, someone tell me what to do to recover my data (mostly LEGAL music files) the least expensive way, and in a way that an almost-novice can understand. Is there a program I can buy to do this?

What do you guys recommend? Also, since I'm expecting my new PC any day now, is it possible to put the dead drive on the new PC and retrieve the data onto another disc? Or would it even be recognized?

I've got a headache!

Thanks for any and all suggestions/advice! Please keep it simple!! thank you

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