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Hard Drive Failure and Recovery

I have a 500GB Maxtor Drive that failed upon one power outage. When power came back and I tried to boot up, the Boot logo would stay for about a minute and a half, show a black screen then shut down. I tried the windows recovery utility to try and recover the drive but it gave me an 'unspecified error' message even though the 'C:' drive itself was visible. So this effectively prevented me from scanning and repairing any possible bad sectors. I bought a new drive, installed win 7 and attached the spoilt HDD so that I may try to use the usual recovery method but I couldn't boot even to the welcome screen, it just hang at a black screen and the PC shut itself down.

My final option was to get an external USB drive enclosure and connect it to my PC. The previous' C:' drive enumerates and even shows the file list but I cannot open the folders due to a 'cyclic redundancy error' The other 3 partitions just showed up as RAW. The USB enclosure isn't faulty either, I tried it with a different HDD and it worked perfectly.

When I tried using GetDataBack, it showed an I/O error the a 'no file system found' error. I need the data in this HDD and I am out of options, any other suggestions?

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Clarification Request
Did you try the other titles at link?
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DATA backed up successfully

I have new respect for Linux/Ubuntu, I backed up everything, not even an MB was lost.

The drive has 4033 bad sectors, I think its time for it to retire; I am even surprised it has lasted this long. It had a permanent 'error with drive has been detected' message since the PC was new.

Thank you.

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(NT) Good to read that it turned out so well.

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