Hard Drive Data Recovery

If you think a drive is going bad,
DO NOT use chkdsk!
DO NOT try to boot from the drive!
Instead, either remove the hard drive and connect it to a good computer, or boot to a usb drive. Run a program like "Diskcheckup" to check the "Smart" status of the drive. If the Smart status is "OK", the drive is probably not going bad.
 

  1. First, run a program like "UnstoppableCopier" to attempt to move the data to a working drive.
  2. If that does not work, the user will have to buy better recovery software :-).
  3. If that does not work, the user will have to spend thousands to have a professional recover the data.

If you ran chkdsk and errors started scrolling down the screen, STOP IT. There is a good possibility that it is destroying data. CHKDSK is great for removing errors in the data on a hard drive, but it is very bad for a drive that is failing.

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