How to Recover Lost Data

June 8, 2018

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It's happened unfortunately to many people. You turn on your computer and hear that dreaded click and realize that not only can you not get into windows, you have not made a backup of your precious files. At this point you have a few options.

**** The following suggestions are offered as FREE advice and should be taken as such. I am in no way responsible if you destroy your hard drive by using any of these methods. ****

1. Put it in the freezer for 24 hours. SEAL IT IN A BAG TO PROTECT IT FROM MOISTURE. Hard drives are electrical devices and sometimes electrical devices overheat. Getting the drive good and cold and then trying to boot it again might make it function just long enough for you to get those precious wedding pictures.

2. Take the handle end of a screwdriver (while the drive is unplugged) and give it a firm but not hard tap on the center of the top of the drive (not the circuit board.) If you hit it too hard you can permanently destroy the disks. However, if sometimes a firm tap will get the drive spinning again long enough to get your data.

**** NONE OF THESE SUGGESTIONS ARE PERMANENT FIXES. YOUR DRIVE IS DEAD, REPLACE IT !!!! ****

3. If the drive is not clicking but you just can not get it to boot into windows try the following. Hook it into another computer as a slave drive. Hopefully you can boot off the good computer and once in windows get your data from control panel.

4. Google Knoppix and download the latest .iso. You will need a program like power iso oweriso.com (shareware) to burn the image to a CD. Obviously you need a CD burner too. Reboot your computer into Knoppix (boot from CD) and you'll be in a fully functional linux operating system. I will write another article soon about using Knoppix but its not too entirely different then windows. Just remember to mount the drive and to make it writable. Also you will definetely need a flash drive to transfer your files.

5. If your files are really irreplaceable and you must absolutely get them back, you can look up data retrieval on the net and find a company that can retrieve pretty much anything. Just be prepared to pay them thousands of dollars with no guarantee. Your the one that did not do a backup after all.

28 Comments

  • David Vučina June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Please do top 10 memory on the market

  • Brian Flores June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Ha! Finally a job we could actually do in house! Love the videos as always. Keep m coming Erkin!

  • Steven young June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Just curious, have u ever recieved one of those microdrives? Would those be recoverable?

  • Petri Toivonen June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    I've repaired a friends CF couple years ago that had exactly that same problem. He still uses it today. πŸ™‚

  • Tenacious Angel June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm
  • Josh Straughn June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Rats! I wanted the Chip Off Repair πŸ™

  • rs agarwaen June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    hdd any clue is that card refurbished or just very old one.refurbished would explain why it failed.

  • Maico June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Erkin what is the device you're holding @ 3:28 ? Love your vids. They are very interesting and I like your kind presentation.

  • Peter Hovorka June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Probably one of customer device have bend pins in C.F. reader. It will be good to let them now to chceck it. πŸ˜‰

  • N0Z June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Could you make a video of the tools you use?

  • ArthursHD June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Just in case you didn't know https://www.raymond.cc/blog/repair-and-fix-corrupted-images/2/
    Some programs for corrupted file repair. Could be good for getting more quality files out of platter damaged drive.

  • Adam Bernstein June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    My firewall uses that CF card to store the firmware.

  • Francisco Santos June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    This videos are AWESOME keep it up bro πŸ‘

  • Magellan June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Hey! You are nice! Not interested in data recovery, but another electronics stuff. Hello from Portugal πŸ™‚

  • al zimmerman June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Hey Erkin, do you have a recommendation on training courses ? eg Scott Moulton

  • Juan Gonzalez June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    I use to see compact flash cards in many domotic computers, industrial computers, mini itx boards aswell.

  • wysetech2000 June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Nice job as usual.

  • Juan Gonzalez June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    What about your arm? I love your videos. I wish I had all these tools and your knowledge about recovery and forensic. Thanks.

  • Joshopolis June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Your setup is awesome. How much do you think your lab has cost to build?

  • Hy D June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Great video, πŸ™‚

  • 38911bytefree June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Nice vid. Love your worplace. It is pretty cool.

  • Data Rescue Labs Inc. June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Good job!

  • wtfmate June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Nice!

  • NBT WPG June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Well Done man! Keep it up! Learning Lots!

  • Tiiazllm June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Great to see you getting an easy win!

  • Lukman Nazhmudinov June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Nice job

  • mogwopjr June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    was listening to Tricky when notification popped up for this vid. Tricky can wait

  • Fck_U GAMING June 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

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