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I have a corrupt laptop hard drive that I want to retrieve pictures from. I have put it in an external enclosure to try to access it that way but it doesnt even recognize that the hd has been partitioned...anything I can do?

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Try these titles. Find them with google.

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Have you allocated a drive letter??

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Hey - Maybe, just maybe the drive isn't being recognised/read because you haven't allocated it a letter?

If the drive is showing up in 'Disk Management' but not accessible from 'My Computer', this will almost certainly be the cause.

Just right click on the drive display in Disk Manager and select the option to 'Change/allocate drive letter'. Ignore any option to 'Format' not format under any circumstances. Once the drive letter has been applied you should be able to access all the files via My Computer.

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Corrupt Hardware

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Go to and buy the Data Recovery Pro software. Install it and it will run for hours. I had the exact same problem and I did not actually lose anything, it is amazing. After I recovered everything, I reformatted the drive and now use it for a back up of my main external drive.

Losing everything was not an option and thank GOD I found this software/

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Unfortunately, you are learning a hard lesson here...

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I'm sorry to hear this. I tell people all the time that it's not a matter of IF it will fail, but WHEN. And if something is important to you, have multiple copies... But I digress.

My fiancee was in a similar situation. I had been nagging her to backup her hard disk for a while from the first time she told me about a blue-screen-of-death hard disk error that came and went. Then the disk finally died.

Depending on the type of failure, one thing you might try is to give the drive a good solid rap and then see if you can get it working for a little while. This frees the write-head. It worked long enough to save 95% of my fiancee's data. Another method is the freeze and than method (materials shrink and expand rapidly), which might shock your disk into working again. But only if a stuck write head is the problem.

If your disk failed for other reasons, your only other solution is to send it to a specialized company for data retrieval. Unfortunately, these companies charge hundreds of dollars (or more). Those photos would have to be very valuable to you to go down this route.

Good luck!

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It all depends...

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... on what kind of corruption you actually have. If you've head crashed, there is little hope of recovery but if it's just a logical problem, it may be recoverable. You say the system doesn't recognise the disk has even been partitioned. Does that mean you can still "see" the disk, albeit unformatted, or can you not see it at all? If the former is the case, you may have a corrupt Partition Table or FAT and the data is still there. If you can't see the disk at all, that isn't good and you are into the specialist recovery firms - this is not cheap.

If you can still access the disk, download TESTDISK (Google for it) and point it at the disk but on the first pass do NOT let it change the disk. If it can find any partitions on the disk, it should be able to show you what it can find if you let it go ahead, if so, run it again and let it repair the partition table. If it gets the data back, do not do anything else until you have a full backup of the disk! Another option is Partition Table Doctor but there are many others. The secret is not to let them change the disk until you find one that can find the pictures you are looking for.

If you can't see the disk, you could give Kroll Ontrack (Google for your country) a call and ask their advice. These guys are very good, when I needed them for a client, they discussed the problem over the phone and suggested what they thought might be the problem and the likely cost of a solution. You can then decide whether that cost is worth it to you. As I said, they aren't cheap but if the photographs are your wedding or your first born, it may be worth it to you.

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Hard drive corrupt

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You are not clear in your description so I will assume you mean the hard drive with OS will not boot and no access.
Try installing as a slave drive on another computer that is operating and access the directories and copy to flash drive or another drive.
If this is just a backup on a separate drive do a chkdsk /r from run on the drive from your os.


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