PDA

View Full Version : Laptop Crashed


SDAhockey21
07-12-2007, 04:48 PM
So my laptop crahsed about a week after the two year protection was up..... Go figure

Anyone on here know how to recover data from a laptop hard drive?

M-Funf
07-12-2007, 05:34 PM
So my laptop crahsed about a week after the two year protection was up..... Go figure

Anyone on here know how to recover data from a laptop hard drive?

Did the hard drive go bang, or was it something else? We recently had our old IBM thinkpad go out on us, and it was some really strange error that even our IT guy had never seen. He just pulled the drive out and put it into another machine to get the data...

SOoooooo, if it was not the hard drive that went bang, you can probably save the data....maybe the Geek Squad could help?

endl
07-12-2007, 05:45 PM
Keep it local. Dont send it away it you have important stuff. You will be one of those guys on the help line going nuts because they erased all his info.

nuckinfutz
07-12-2007, 06:18 PM
what kind of Laptop? Most Hard Drives can pulled out and and connected to another computer to extract.
You will need to investigate what hardware you will need to convert connection from your Hard drive to your desktop computer.

EIDE connections are pretty standard and Most USB hard drives (not the small USB Flash drive) use a regular Hard drive. You will find alot of smaller (in physical size) USB Hard Drives utilize Laptop hard drives.

Take a look at this link. It explains how to connect to a laptop hard drive from your Desktop.
http://www.mikeshardware.com/howtos/laptop_hd_upgrade/

Although I dont think you need another program to help you extract data from one drive to another. You be the judge.

cmack
07-12-2007, 06:36 PM
If the HD is not dead, then you can boot off a cd and recover your data. I use ERD commander. It is a bootable version of Winblows on cd. You can boot the laptop off the cd, plug in a USB drive and move your data. This is only viable, IF your hard drive is not toast.

but nuckinfutz's solution is cheaper.

bigmac
07-12-2007, 07:00 PM
So my laptop crahsed about a week after the two year protection was up..... Go figure

Anyone on here know how to recover data from a laptop hard drive?

You mean it won't boot, or is the drive making the "clicking sound of death"?

My approach is to pull the hard drive and plug it into another computer as an external, then pull the data off. Reinstall the new drive in the laptop, reformat, reinstall my programs than transfer the data and documents over. You'll need a USB 2.0 IDE drive adapter (http://www.newertech.com/products/usb2_adapt.php). After getting the data off, you may be able to reformat and restore your boot sector.

http://www.newertech.com/products/images/2usb2_adapt_0507400x250.jpg

SDAhockey21
07-12-2007, 08:06 PM
The computer just wont boot... Operating system error. I will try to boot to the Cd and see what happens

Thanks for all the help you guys know more than just MCs

SDAhockey21
07-12-2007, 08:27 PM
Ok So here is the sistuation. About a month ago I went to turn on my laptop and it gave me the "white screen of death". So i hooked it up to an extranal monitor and the laptop screen sayed white but the monitor was doing its nomal thing until it go to the "Error loading OS" sreen. I am able to get into F2 or the bios and F8 recovery wizzard.

Just thought i would give you more info on my situation. Going to go ahead and try to boot to a CD

Thanks for all the help

SDAhockey21
07-12-2007, 08:29 PM
Where can i buy the drive adapter besides online?? Best buy, Ciricuit City?? ETC.

Leroy
07-12-2007, 08:35 PM
I would guess you either have a virus, some basic boot error, or fatal boot error, try getting it to boot up in safe mode or go into the hidden boot screen to see what is working.

Anything else pop up and can you hear the HDD spinning? Could even be a network checking problem hanging it up.

http://www.pchell.com/support/safemode.shtml

dmayer84
07-12-2007, 08:44 PM
if you do happen to find it at Best buy or any other place you will spend 3-4 times as much

bigmac
07-12-2007, 09:30 PM
Where can i buy the drive adapter besides online?? Best buy, Ciricuit City?? ETC.

My guess is you have a corrupted boot sector. It happens. I back up frequently using actual disk images so restoring is straightforward. I've always found Restore on XP to be a rather unsatisfactory solution.

I'm not sure I've seen those drive adapters in consumer stores, but I I'd check some of the upper level stores. CompUSA or equiv might have them. Alternatively, you could buy a 2.5 inch external drive and swap the drive in it for yours. Hook the external up to a desktop or other computer via USB 2.0 or FireWire and it will come up as a new volume so that you can drag files from it to keep them safe. The other way to do it is pull the bad drive, reinstall/reformat a new one, then use that adapter to mount the bad drive. Should mount fine if it's just the OS that's borked.

SDAhockey21
07-12-2007, 10:03 PM
My guess is you have a corrupted boot sector. It happens. I back up frequently using actual disk images so restoring is straightforward. I've always found Restore on XP to be a rather unsatisfactory solution.

I'm not sure I've seen those drive adapters in consumer stores, but I I'd check some of the upper level stores. CompUSA or equiv might have them. Alternatively, you could buy a 2.5 inch external drive and swap the drive in it for yours. Hook the external up to a desktop or other computer via USB 2.0 or FireWire and it will come up as a new volume so that you can drag files from it to keep them safe. The other way to do it is pull the bad drive, reinstall/reformat a new one, then use that adapter to mount the bad drive. Should mount fine if it's just the OS that's borked.

And a corrupted boot sector would be caused by....

bigmac
07-12-2007, 10:15 PM
And a corrupted boot sector would be caused by....
Many, many things, but probably more common in a laptop. Moving it can can jiggle the read/write head enough to cause bad info to be laid down. You computer writes and reads data to and from the hard drive thousands of times a minute. Every now and then, it miswrites some data in the wrong place (boot sector, for example) despite error-checking and all the redundancies and bam! the drive doesn't have access to info it needs to load the OS. The data is all there, but the drive won't boot so there's no way to get it out. Typical manuever is to boot from some other source (like a CD ROM), and you should have access to the data.

TheOneandOnly
07-12-2007, 10:58 PM
Smells like a VIRUS too much porn SDA lol jk :D . I agree boot from the operating CD (ie. cheapest way, if thats the problem), if windows is curropted that bad and will not boot, reinstall windows on a different drive.This will allow windows to be reinstalled thus giveing you two OP systems. When rebooting select the new version that was just installed, this will allow access into your computer and you'll to be able to search all drives and get the data that you want. PS:just be careful when doing this so you dont rewrite on the current windows version else all data can and/or will be reformatted.

JDK
07-12-2007, 11:09 PM
And a corrupted boot sector would be caused by....

....toasted integrated graphics section of your motherboard or the graphics card (if this laptop has one), judging by what you said about the external monitor working.

Ryan27r
07-13-2007, 12:46 AM
Spinwrite was a good program to recover some files on an old crashed comp of mine...

cmack
07-13-2007, 10:44 AM
SDAhockey21- I have all the adapters and external drives. I'm an an IT person, although I don't professionally support Windows. I would be happy to help you out. PM me -- I can send you an external drive, or help you out over the phone.

bigmac
07-13-2007, 11:08 AM
Yeh, the thing is you're going to need another drive in order to get your data off. Booting from a recovery disc is fine, but you still need someplace to put the data, so you'll have to rely on moving it to either CD/DVD or an external drive, assuming your boot disk will support provide the CD or DVD drivers necessary to do that, or that it will support mounting another drive. My approach when this happens is to buy another drive (OEM drives from NewEgg are pretty cheap), install it in the computer after removing the other one, format and install the OS on the new drive. Then use a drive adapter to access the old drive. There are many ways to do this same thing.

beatle78
07-13-2007, 12:27 PM
if the BIOS on your laptop can see the hard drive that's the first step.

Sounds like the OS started to boot and what others said, the boot sector may have gotten whacked.

If you have or can borrow an external USB hard drive and boot off of one of those recovery CDs you should be able to copy your data from your craptop to the USB drive.

Keep in mind if the drive is on it's way out, it could take HOURS for the data to copy. Just be patient and let it do its thing and hope for the best.

SDAhockey21
07-15-2007, 04:06 PM
Ok so here is where I am at. I got a 2.5 hard drive enclosure, and I have my hard drive in it. When I go to click on it in My Computer it says "The disk in drive J is not formated. Would you like to format it now?" Do I want to format it??

SDAhockey21
07-15-2007, 04:10 PM
I am usually good with computers but.....

dmayer84
07-15-2007, 04:10 PM
Do not format it or you will lose your information. Try running check disk on it.
Go to start click on run then type in "cmd" and press enter. It will bring up a dos prompt window. Then type in "chkdsk /f /v j:" it will then attempt to fix the file system structre on the drive, which will hopefully allow the machine to see it correctly.

Farmer Ted
07-15-2007, 04:11 PM
Ok so here is where I am at. I got a 2.5 hard drive enclosure, and I have my hard drive in it. When I go to click on it in My Computer it says "The disk in drive J is not formated. Would you like to format it now?" Do I want to format it??


no, it should just recognize the hard drive like a usb flash drive

SDAhockey21
07-15-2007, 04:11 PM
ok I knew I shouldn't format

SDAhockey21
07-15-2007, 04:16 PM
It says
The type of file system is RAW.
chkdsk is not avalible for RAW drives

dmayer84
07-15-2007, 04:18 PM
It soulds like you may be out of luck, now its time to try data recovery programs

SDAhockey21
07-15-2007, 04:21 PM
ok i was able to get to error checking through computer management

This is what the window says

Check Disk Local Disk (J:)

Check Disk Options

(check box) Automatically fix system errors
(check box) Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors

SDAhockey21
07-15-2007, 04:22 PM
which one do i want dmayer?

dmayer84
07-15-2007, 04:27 PM
check both of those

SDAhockey21
07-15-2007, 04:30 PM
don't think it worked once I checked it the box went aways and nothing happened

SDAhockey21
07-15-2007, 04:44 PM
So what are my options now??

SDAhockey21
07-15-2007, 07:07 PM
Success!! Used a data recovery disk and bam yes I have all my pics, web design files and everything i needed thanks so much guys for all the help!

beatle78
07-16-2007, 09:25 AM
sweet!... happy ending!

cmack
07-16-2007, 11:00 AM
Congrats SDAhockey!! Glad you have all your data back