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How to Recover Data from a Dead Hard Drive

Oct. 13, 2013 09:17 am / Updated by Jerry Cook to Data Recovery
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It happens to all of us, sooner or later. You boot up your computer and found hard drives stop working, experts say they are either "dead" or "perceived dead." Hard drive can "die" for any number of reasons, but the most common is due to a faulty or destroyed file structure on the drive itself. But the baby birthday photos are on there! But your doctoral paper is on there! But your wedding videos are on there! You are at one of those frustrating moments in life when you find out so many your precious files and treasured memories are lost.

There are two ways that drives crash: logical failure and mechanical failure. For the former one, the components in your drive are still functioning, but the drive is not able to find and navigate its own data due to either accidental formatting or a corrupt file system. The data still exists on your drive unless it has been overwritten by a new file. For the latter one, your drive is physically damaged, you data may be still intact, but you need send it to the experts to get the data back.

In this article, we are talking about salvage data from logical disasters by ourselves. How can we get back the files, movies, music, photos, or even the system operation that saved on the dead hard drive? There is a way working well to perform dead hard drive data recovery. Dead Hard Drive Data Recovery enables you to access to the inaccessible Windows system by booting from CD/USB with a boot CD/USB and then perform data recovery.

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Here is a complete guide to get your files back from a dead hard drive.

Step 1: Burn ISO File to CD/USB Drive

Install Dead Hard Drive Recovery in another workable computer. Insert a CD or USB to it. Then start the program. This software selects the ISO image file by default. Of course, you can click "Browse" to import another ISO image file. Then choose your CD/USB to start burning.

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Step 2: Boot up Inaccessible PC from CD/USB

Insert CD/USB to the unbootable PC. Run the computer and press "F2", "F10" or "Delete" to enter BIOS setup. In the Boot Device Priority, check the drive you would like to boot from. If it is CD, select CD-ROM. If it is USB, choose 1st drive from USB. Then press F10 to save your settings.

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After restarting your unworkable computer from bootable CD/USB, you will see the interface of Dead Hard Drive Data Recovery. Firstly, we suggest you trying "Partition Recovery". If you can't get back the data, then have a look at "Raw Recovery".

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Step 4: Unplug CD/USB Drive and Restart Computer

After finishing restoring hard drive, eject the CD/DVD/USB Drive. Then Reboot your computer. Now you can use the computer freely.

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