How to Recover Lost Data

June 11, 2018

Data Recovery Columbus OH

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.


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 (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.


  • bhavin's June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Sir, how did you find a doner drive using hdd baseplate number.

  • -SakiSkai- June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Α few years back i had a 1tb HDD working fine. I put it inside a dock, and had a dodgy chinese variable power supply from ebay. The dock used 12v, but i had it set to 19v, which my laptop needed. It put quite a smoke show, the dock worked fine afterwards by the hdd did not spin at all. I still have it and i wonder. What could have gone wrong? Is the pcb dead or the whole motor assembly?

  • Andy Watson June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Your on 🔥

  • Marty Hastings June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    wow, my friend you make it look so easy. nice job. thanks for sharing

  • californiannn June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Erkin, can you suggest training courses or seminars to learn how to work with pc3000 and ace software? Thanks

  • DestroyerJ69 G4L June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I build my 1st budget pc in my life.
    But Ants loving my Keyboard and HDD.
    I cleaned the keyboard but HDD not working.I am trying to open the HDD but i dont have tool.When i connected to my pc again.. Massage says "You need to repair your pc"


  • Juan Gonzalez June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Such a nice trick!!! I did not know about this, the brands make same drives and they just disable one of the heads…Just like cars… same engine but less horse power by electronic limitation just to reduce costs and make a car for every pocket…. Thank you for the info, so interesting.

  • mogwopjr June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Time to pause Solomun, it's another recovery! Nice improvisation and getting it done. Props

  • Hy D June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Great vid!

  • Thomast Tham June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Yeah! It's like in olden days of China.. When u marry a girl.. They'll throw in a younger sister as spare.. for free..

  • T G June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Great video, awesome lightning and cool outfits!;)

  • MaxSantos June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Remarked hardware, nothing new, and frankly the reason why its so cheap.
    They do it with almost everything. Even in the single core CPU days, they just lowered the clock speed.

  • Jose Francisco Medeiros June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Good to know.

  • Youssouf Nassir June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I have the same issue , mine was working well for over a year and it started clicking and sometimes buZing

  • rapturas June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I have a Seagate Barracuda ST3160827AS which makes a clicking noise. It sounds like the head isn't able to move. The platter shows no obvious damage and the heads don't appear to be stuck. There is a mechanism inside the HDD which I think can stop the head from moving.

    Anyway, I bought another ST3160827AS with the same label information except the serial number. Can I still swap over parts between the two HDD's?

  • Quetzalcoalt June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    They do the same with CPU dies too. The architecture is one, and if a core fails they hardwarerly cut the lanes so from a 6 cores becomes a 4 core and so on. So if you buy a i3, you basically buy an i7 with stripped cores and cache.

  • Jorno June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    so… maybe can we buy 500GB drives and hack it to 1TB? (assuming it wasn't disabled because of defects)

  • akash c June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    My Toshiba pendrive is not letting me to format even though CMD,safemode . when I trying to open the pendrive all data vanish after few seconds & could right in it. Is my pendrive is permanently damage or not?????
    Waiting for your valuable reply sir..

  • abdul gaffar June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    It is real video

  • Cereal Tech June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Ei, there is a difference between mrt and pc 3000? I mean they are two different brand, but do they offer different things?

  • Derin Piano June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    well done man…😜

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