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    Question retrieving data from 7 year old laptop HDD

    Dear All,

    I used a laptop from 2006-2010, it had a 2.5" 80GB SATA HDD. Then I was using WinXP.
    The HDD had the following partitions:
    C for WinXP, D,E & F for data....

    I have not used the HDD for last 3 years, as my laptop broke down, some problem with powerchip, & such old parts are not available anymore...

    I have recently acquired a HDD external case and tried to retrieve the data from the said drive....

    There was no response from the HDD at first, after warming up for 30 minutes, there were sounds like that of the HDD running...

    Ubuntu 13.04 couldn't read it in the end....

    Any ideas on how to retrieve the data from that drive?
    Any pathways will be of great help as I have a lot of important data just lying on that disk.....
    bhatta

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    Re: retrieving data from 7 year old laptop HDD

    Have you tried any other hard drives in the external drive case? I know my cheap one can be a bit iffy at times

    Have you got a desktop? Connect the drive as the second drive and see if you can read it from there?

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    Re: retrieving data from 7 year old laptop HDD

    If you have a desktop connect it directly to a sata port.

    What does sudo fdisk -l give you with the drive connected?

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    Re: retrieving data from 7 year old laptop HDD

    Thanks for the replies...
    I do not have a desktop with me anymore, but that can be arranged this weekend... am surely gonna try that..

    I do not have any more laptop HDD's with me to try that china made case so i dont know if that is flawed...(all i can say is that the power light shows on i.e. it is glowing red)
    Here is the result of sudo fdisk -l:

    Code:
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xa33b6c03
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *          63    84198054    42098996    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary.
    /dev/sda2       168072032   976768064   404348016+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda3        84199422   168071167    41935873    5  Extended
    Partition 3 does not start on physical sector boundary.
    /dev/sda5       158072832   168071167     4999168   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6        84199424   158072470    36936523+  83  Linux
    
    Partition table entries are not in disk order
    
        There is a valid Mac label on this disk.
        Unfortunately fdisk(1) cannot handle these disks.
        Use either pdisk or parted to modify the partition table.
        Nevertheless some advice:
        1. fdisk will destroy its contents on write.
        2. Be sure that this disk is NOT a still vital
           part of a volume group. (Otherwise you may
           erase the other disks as well, if unmirrored.)
    
    
    Disk /dev/mapper/cryptswap1: 5119 MB, 5119148032 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 622 cylinders, total 9998336 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    
                      Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    That 500GB is my current laptop HDD....

    The HDD is running, its making periodic click-click sound, thatz all i can say...
    bhatta

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    Re: retrieving data from 7 year old laptop HDD

    i have at times had issues with external adapters. sometimes changing the usb port has helped
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    Re: retrieving data from 7 year old laptop HDD

    Clicking usually means a head crash and it's unlikely the data on the drive is accessible.

    As far as recovering the data, I guess you could try the whole "put drive in freezer" and then try to access your data, but that procedure is a bit iffy at best.

    If you really want that data, you'll probably have to pay for a data recovery service to take a look at it, which can be quite expensive.
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    Re: retrieving data from 7 year old laptop HDD

    Thanks again... I have already tried the 3 available USB ports in my laptop... only thing left is usin another case... or trying it in a Desktop, which i will try this weekend...

    "put drive in the freezer" i got no clue about... but paying for data recovery, yes costly!

    Got no projects in hand currently, so recovery will have to wait....
    bhatta

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    Re: retrieving data from 7 year old laptop HDD

    I've never tried it, but there is a disclaimer on this wiki page..
    http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Save_You...by_Freezing_It
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    Re: retrieving data from 7 year old laptop HDD

    Way way way before I ever thought about putting a hard drive in a freezer, I would seek out a recovery specialist first.
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    Re: retrieving data from 7 year old laptop HDD

    Really, thatz not something i would try, better to live without that data...

    Anyways, thanks for the suggestion...

    ps: Please dont take it as an insult or trolling/attack or flaming: I just dont like the guy in your avatar picture (James Bond, forgot which 1)
    bhatta

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