Make a Linux DVD or USB stick and use that to access the drive. No installing needed.
I have a Samsung M3 portable 1TB external hard drive that broke on me years ago. Back then I had no interest in fixing it myself but I kept it knowing how much personal stuff was on it. Hoping that maybe some time in the future by some miracle it might just start working again!
Anyway recently a reason to fix it has arisen and I REALLY wanna get that data back. So I took to the Internet forums and such.
I discovered that the beeping sound it was making when plugged in was due to the heads being stuck on the platter so I took it apart and carefully freed the heads back into the parking location. (Latex gloves, a fan, a filter and a makeshift gazebo were used. I'm not a complete imbecile just a half'a one!)
Plugged it in and it starts whirring away just as it should! Great! I thought... Then came the dreaded error message:
You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it? [Format disk] [Cancel]
Of course if i format the drive I will lose everything on it. So that's not an option. And just to be clear the hard drive itself can do one once I get the data back. I just need it to open a folder in my computer so I can grab the contents copy it to my desktop or somewhere and then take a rocket launcher to the hard drive I have also checked in disk management and the hard drive is not being read there either.
One of the forums I visited said to use the sea gate data recovery tool to get it back and the guy posting was very confident about its usefulness. So i gave it a try. I downloaded the program and ran it. Which prompted me to burn an image file to a disc. Then instructed me to start the computer with the disc in it. Which brings me to the latest issue. I can't boot from the disc. My computer just won't recognise the disc. Did I burn it wrong?
So in summary I guess my question is. How do I burn the disc properly in order to boot the recovery software I've downloaded? OR do you know any other ways I can access the data on the drive with out formatting it? By the way I rang a recovery specialist who said they'd want £120 just to clean it then a £40 to diagnose it then parts and labour on top and after all that there's no guarantee of actually recovering any data -.-
Any help at all will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance,