Newuser1200 17:20 14 Mar 2004

My 120gb HDD supplied as new in my Evesham All in Wonder PC, suddenly died. I have now replaced it and added a 40gb boot drive. I need to recover the non-systems data that was on the original HDD. An IT skilled friend has checked the HDD with the latest Western Digital diagnostics but can't get beyond recognition in BIOS. Nothing appears under My Computer in XP Professional.
Do I need to spend a fortune on this (and does anyone know of a reliable firm in the Winchester area?) or is there some reliable DIY or friend-operated software that I could get?
I know of nothing which caused the HDD to apperently die.


  Chegs ® 17:41 14 Mar 2004

"suddenly died..." In what fashion did this death manifest itself? Was there any error message? (drive not found?)

  Newuser1200 19:29 14 Mar 2004

It was several weeks ago now and I can't remember precisely. What I do know is that the whole system ceased to operate and wouldn't boot up - it would only recognise the HDD about 1/10 times but then not its contents, only its presence. Effectively, "disk not found".

  Chegs ® 10:47 15 Mar 2004

Chances are,you will need the services of a "Data Recovery Specialist" who charge vast sums.In the meantime(whilst you decide whether its worth the cost)connect the hdd up as a slave to your present hdd(s)and try click here

There are also several other file/data recovery apps,most offering a free trial(so you can check if the data IS recoverable)but limiting the filesize recoverable until you pay for the prog.

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