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Recovering Hard Drive Data ?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by tymillz, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. tymillz

    tymillz Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    O.k so lately the BlackHat lounge has been my personal ask Jeeve's. But I like the answers and advice i get. So here I go again....

    Recently my laptop went under(Just had funeral yesterday), I purchased a new one. Now I need to get the data from out of my hard drive onto my new laptop.

    I called someone and they told me $100 for the service. I am not a cheap person at all, but I think that is pretty steep.

    Does anyone know a good Do It Yourself site, or a tool that I can purchase to get the info out of my hard drive onto my new laptop ? There is thousands of dollars worth of software on there (most cracked and nulled) that I do not want to lose.

    Thanks in advance for the replies.
     
  2. DrzMedia

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    $100 is not cheap trust me. People charge as much as thousand dollars for recovering harddrive data!
     
  3. Arthas

    Arthas BANNED BANNED

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    buy a USB hard drive enclosure from best buy or any local computer electronics store. you can then put the lappy drive in the enclosure, plug the enclosure into your new computer via USB, and transfer the files.
     
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  4. nonhacker

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    If you hard drive crashed and you can not turn on your laptop then all suggestions above are useless.

    if your hard drive / laptop are dead you need to take the HDD out and out use a program that can dig deep and find the files you need.

    I do this for customers and can charge up to $500. I know companies that charge $5000 ( yes 5 thousand) and do not garrentee the results.

    And then to retrieve data, I have had a computer working for 7 days before it finished what it was doing.

    Now if you can start up your old laptop then yes a usb drive would work. You can buy 4 and 8 GB drives these days for less than $15
     
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  5. Arthas

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    if your hard drive has actually crashed/gone bad in some way what you need to do is run a program called spinrite. there is nothing better. you can get it via torrent. if it works for you buy a license.

    its simple.. do the same thing i mentioned before about connecting the drive with an enclosure. then, pop in your spinrite CD, boot into it, and use it to repair the drive. It will take a long time for it to complete but if there is any hope at all of recovering the data without sending the drive to a data recovery company, spinrite will do it.
     
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  6. DrJekyll

    DrJekyll Senior Member Premium Member

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    id pay the $100, i purchased a file scavenger, and still did not get everything i wanted just because there is so much to look through and i did not really know what i was doing.

    would have saved me money that i lost in time, and probably would have more of my files.

    [500gig external is now my best friend]
     
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  7. tymillz

    tymillz Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I still do not know why my original laptop stopped working. I took it to a repair guy and he said it could not be fixed. I do not think the hard drive crashed, but at the same time I am not really sure. Thats why I am looking for a way get into the hard drive.

    Thank you guys for the help. That is exactly why I posted the question here instead of wrapping my brain around a bunch of useless g00gle searches.
     
  8. Arthas

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    your repair guy sucks balls
     
  9. tymillz

    tymillz Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Lol. I found him in the Yellow Page. He was right around the corner from my job. The crazy part is after he told me it could not be fixed he tried to hijack me for my ram and my power cord. He told me there was nothing that I could do with it.
     
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    what an asshole

     
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    DrJekyll Senior Member Premium Member

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    If you dont know why it does not work, get the usb hard drive enclosure and find out if it is still good.

    My pc repair guy did not have time, so he gave me the enclosure for a few days free, but you can get them on ebay for a few bucks.
     
  12. DrzMedia

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    That's his Blackhat skills he was using on you. ;)
     
  13. tymillz

    tymillz Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Someone is selling one for $20 on CL locally. I am going to give them a call.

    Lol ! What it is is that some people take me as some dumb "thug" until they insult my intelligence. I read alot of strategy books (Art Of War, 48 Laws Of Power, Machevelli's Prince), and sometimes its better to appear ignorant at first glance.

    You would be surprised at how many people attempt to take advantage. But once they make that first fatal move I have the upper hand, and the ball wounds up in my court.
     
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    I don't recommend doing this since it can make things worse but a few times over the years I have put crashed drives (dead drive that isn't recognized so no usb) in the fridge or freezer for a while and got them to work long enough to make an image of the data.

    I had one a while back that I put back in the freezer about 3 times, after it would warm up it would stop working but eventually was able to copy what I needed. After it would heat up it would also be all wet from condensation and I don't know if that creates moisture inside but that probably makes it worse and dead for sure. So you could end up doing more harm than good.

    I have seen this posted in other forums over the years and people say there is no way that will work but I have done it a few times.
     
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    try partition magic. just install it on ur desktop hdd. connect ur lappy hdd to the usb enclosure.

    Just try it.
     
  16. djedje70

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    none of ur fr#$%ing biz dude!!!
    Arthas is right.
    Plug the old drive in a usb drive reader and you can view all your files. Your new laptop will see it as an external hard drive no problem.
    The only time this will not work is if the sector 0 of your recently deceased drive is fucked.

    Then do not even spend $100 for it. Nothing will do. (maybe spinrite from grc.com, but I don't know about this though).
     
  17. tymillz

    tymillz Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    thank you guys again for all of your help. As I said b4, I do not know if there is even anything wrong with the hard drive, but I am going to start off doing what Arthas stated. If that does not work than I will the spinrite program.

    I am completely "dugh" when it comes to this type of stuff, so I do not know if the process is complicated but I pick up very fast, and Im very persistent, so I know I am going to get my old data back.
     
  18. Arthas

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    good luck