The retrieval of files and data from hard drives is known as data recovery and in the UK there is a blog called Recover Deleted Data which has many different examples of hard drive failures and recommendation about what you can do to get your files back. Here are three examples along with advice.
Hard drive is broken
I’ve got a hard drive from my desktop which I took out before I scrapped the rest of the computer about 6 Years ago. I haven’t got a desktop any longer, only a laptop. I recently bought a 3.5” hard disk external enclosure to fit the hard drive into, which I can then connect to my laptop. But I fear the hard drive is broken or faulty, as nothing shows up when I connect it via the external hard disk enclosure. The hard drive was working 6 Years ago when I took it out. I cannot remember wether Windows was installed on this hard drive or I just used it for data storage.
Can you help me getting it to work? Or at least take out all the data that’s on it?
Advice: As long as you’ve got the PATA or SATA interface right, once you plug the power cable in, the hard drive should burst into life. If it doesn’t then there could be any number of faults with the hard drive.
Cracked Micro SD card
I’m hoping you can help, or tell me if you might be able to help with the following. My partner had a micro SD card in an adapter, plugged in to the side of her laptop…which she dropped. The micro SD card has cracked in half, around the middle of the card. Is this something which could be fixed? She has multiple work photos which she was in the process of backing up and is having a bit of a panic.
I’m based in Glasgow, so could pop along tomorrow (Tuesday) if this is something you can help with.
Advice: The data on a micro sd card is held on a single wafer thin chip. If the chip is cracked, broken in two or otherwise damaged the data on it will not be recoverable. I know that Data Clinic have a file recovery office in Glasgow so you could always take the device in for a second opinion, but from what you tell me there is no chance of recovery.
The external HD is rarely being registered by my Mac laptop and on the odd occasion it is, it won’t load any files. A pop up appears saying that I can access my files but not save or replace them – however I can not access them.
Advice: This is typical of bad sectors – parts of your drive becoming unreadable or very slow to access. If your data is valuable, turn your drive off and get it into a decent data recovery company.