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A friend has experienced a hard disk failure, I'm not sure the exact cause of the failure but I believe it is mechanical. They have about half the data backed up but have some important data on the disk they need to recover.
I believe the failure to be mechanical because a new disk has been installed in the machine, the machine boots but the other disk is not detected by the bios. The jumper settings are correct. How can I tell exactly what the issue with the disk is and is there any way of recovering the data without paying for a recovery service?
Thanks in advance
However, before panicking, it's always worth trying the drive in a USB disk box, you might get lucky.
If you do have a failed drive and you MUST get the data off, I would not tamper with it at all if you intend to salvage the data.
If you need your data recovered PM me and I'll send you my contact.
I am not affiliated in any way with this company. I only use them because they get the job done quick and won't charge you if it can't be recovered. I have several clients that run HDD intensive applications (industrial automation SCADA nodes) whereby the drives fail every couple of years because of so many writes.
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The usb disk enclosure as suggested in a previous post may also be very worth trying.
If the data is critical you may be best seeking professional advice.