Can i access data on "unformatted" HDD?

  mccaffrey 16:46 16 Jun 2005

My old HDD gave up the ghost last week, has since been replaced but i would like to access the data that was on the old HDD. I have disconected the CD drive and connected the old HDD. The pc boots off the new HDD and detects a new drive has been connected, but when i try to access it i get a message saying that the drive needs formatted. Anybody any ideas how i can get my old files back?

  mattyc_92 16:48 16 Jun 2005

Try BadCopy Pro from click here You could also do a google search on something on the lines of "Data recovery" for more programs that may help... :)

  Aspman 16:59 16 Jun 2005

You could try some of the Linux forensic distros such as Helix.

  Aspman 17:00 16 Jun 2005

I should have said it's CD based and doesn't need the HD to run but the more memory the better.

Knoppix STD CD distro may also give you some help.

  TomJerry 17:06 16 Jun 2005

EasyRecovery™ Professional click here

WinInternal Administrator's Pak click here

or pay someone do it for you click here

  mccaffrey 17:34 16 Jun 2005

Is there any way of doing it for free? shareware demos?

  Aspman 14:03 17 Jun 2005

the linux distros are available free. But they are not the easiest things to use. They can recover drisks to a very high standard. The Forums on the relevant web pages would be a good place to start.

click here

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