questions on failing HDDs

  Lee12 04:18 19 Oct 2007

Hi, I have two long questions, who ever reads this please bear with me, as you can see there rather long.
Question #1: When there are multiple applications in a failing hard drive that companies or small businesses use to implement their important data into and they are not able to bring up the applications, what’s the best software to use to retrieve it?

Question #2: What if the HDD stops working and there are important applications in it, can there be a way to get the HDD to temporary work in order to retrieve any of the applications, then transfer the applications to another HDD?
The reason I ask about this particular question is because a friend of mine HDD stopped working and he hired a computer repair tech. The tech was able to temporary get the HDD to work and retrieve some of the applications. I ask these questions so that I can become familiar with fixing computers.
Can anyone with experience please assist me with these two questions?

  €dstowe 06:49 19 Oct 2007

I have a small business and the thought of hard drives failing, whilst an inconvenience, doesn't worry me too much as I know that all my data is backed up in at least two places.

If a hard drive did fail, I could have the machine up and running again (possibly better than before) within an hour by replacing the drive and loading the data from the backup on to it. I know this is possible because I've recently done it.

All computers that contain data of the least importance should be backed up - it is folly for them not to be. To have a business computer not backed up is unwise to say the least and the word stupid comes to mind.

  skidzy 06:53 19 Oct 2007

Recovering the applications from a failing drive would be almost impossible,due the registry entries being all over the place.
The best way would be to clone the drive with something like Acronis or Norton Ghost,this will take an image of the drive enabling you to load this image and all apps and settings to a new drive.

Once a harddrive fails,normally thats about it,sometimes you can recover a few pieces of photos/docs etc but rarely the applications.

  jam500 07:40 19 Oct 2007

If you read Custom Pc it tells you how to get a dead drive to work for a short while, Enough to retrieve your data. :)

  PP321 07:52 19 Oct 2007

There are companies that specialise in data recovery, but you DO NOT want to know how much this costs!

As has been echoed in this thread , if its important BACK IT UP!

I work for a large computer manufacturer in the repairs dept and hear this every day.

"I'm sorry sir but i'm going to have to format the computer , WHAT!! , it has irreplacable photos of dead relatives on it ect , we'll if there that important why arent they backed up?? blank cds cost pennies , ext hard drives are as cheap as chips.

Theres no excuse.

  crosstrainer 08:02 19 Oct 2007

Soloution to this if your drive(s) contain mission critical data is to implement a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) With (preferably 4) hdd's and raid enabled, the BIOS in most modern mobos will detect the failing drive, your data is automatically "mirrored" by the raid function, and you simply change the broken drive.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:09 19 Oct 2007

200 ways to repair a HDD
click here
None of them guaranteed

Acronis True Image

  DieSse 13:50 19 Oct 2007

200 ways to repair a HDD
click here

Not guaranteed access to the link either ;-))

  DieSse 13:53 19 Oct 2007

Here works (right now) click here

I used the freezer method once - the drive worked for about 15mins - but it helped.

  Lee12 16:22 19 Oct 2007

Thank you everyone on your input

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