1.    05 Jan 2016 #1
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    Data recovery


    Hi all,

    So my laptop died [I do know a dead one when I see one] during a writing session. Totally dead. 2 uninterrupted hours of stream-of-consciousness with background saves every 5 minutes so I guessed I lost 5 minutes worth, max.

    How wrong am I? My problem is that the old days seem to be gone - I take the drive out, put it into other machines/external boxes and try ALL my old tricks.

    No data. Zip.

    All help/suggestions greatly appreciated.
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  2.    05 Jan 2016 #2
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    Spinrite? Does the hard drive spin up at all?

    Pro and Con arguments ref. condensation (internal) and putting it in a fridge/freezer. I suppose with progressive temperature reduction and dessicants you could reduce the risk and gain the chance of some recovery.

    It all depends on the value of the data vs the effort (and expense with commercial data recovery) you wish to expend.

    Somewhat disconcerting that both the laptop and drive are dead- suggests significant power problem.
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  3.    05 Jan 2016 #3
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    Hi dalchina thanks for the answer - I guess I wasn't clear. The drive is fine. SMART checks out totally. The drive is not the problem - I am guessing some encryption from MS is locking me/anyone out.

    The laptop mainboard is totalled. I work with hardware and a soldering iron is not going to fix this :(
    Last edited by broket; 05 Jan 2016 at 05:12. Reason: additional info
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  4.    05 Jan 2016 #4
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    Last piece of SW I heard of that can burn up HW was "Door Stopper" for Atari. It would accelerate processor until it literary burned out. Since than a lot has changed and processor and other parts have built in safeties to shut down or at least throttle down system if overheated or overvolted.
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  5.    05 Jan 2016 #5
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    Ah.. did you use bitlocker? (Am familiar with soldering irons.. )

    Just came across this .. but I'm 99.99% sure it won't help with encryption.. despite the remarkable price if sold
    Free Disk Recovery Wizard (100% discount) - SharewareOnSale
    so just for interest- maybe.

    Ref. Bitlocker FYI:
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/recove...ncrypted-drive
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  6.    05 Jan 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Ah.. did you use bitlocker? (Am familiar with soldering irons.. ;))

    Just came across this .. but I'm 99.99% sure it won't help with encryption.. despite the remarkable price if sold
    Free Disk Recovery Wizard (100% discount) - SharewareOnSale
    so just for interest- maybe.

    Ref. Bitlocker FYI:
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/recove...ncrypted-drive


    That's an interesting link ;)

    Thanks.

    ...ad .. nope - I guess 10 has encryption keys somewhere I have no access to :(
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  7.    05 Jan 2016 #7
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    No.. I've just tried attaching a HDD I had in this laptop- can read it.
    Can you see all the partitions?
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  8.    05 Jan 2016 #8
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    yep partitions are there - is your other machine W10?

    none of mine are.
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  9.    05 Jan 2016 #9
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    Ok, there is a difference in our situations- I have the one win 10 laptop and a Win 7 netbook for travelling. I put the Win 10 HDD I had in this laptop in a case as a USB disk connected to the same laptop. (The netbook has been put away).

    What happens if you try to read any of the partitions?
    Note: if you want to overcome any restrictions imposed by running Windows use the boot disk from e.g. partition manager or a data recovery program, or one of the (older) boot disks like Falcon's or Hiren's.
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  10.    05 Feb 2016 #10
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    Sectors on hard disk can get defective due to several reasons like file system corruption, virus infection etc. Formation of bad sectors in HD increases beyond a number then, it may make hard drives dead. By using efficient recovery tool you can easily recover data from dead hard drive within any complex procedures. For reference follow this page: http://www.chabadkids.org/software-t...erating-system
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