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Kavika2014
1 Copper

How to recover data without initializing???

My laptop died, so I pulled the hard drive and connected it to my Desktop computer via SATA/USB cable.

Disk Manager sees the external drive, but says it must be initialized ... which would erase the data I am trying to rescue!

Is there another way?

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8 Xenon

RE: How to recover data without initializing???

If Windows won't mount the drive, and you need the data, you will need to weigh the need for the data against the cost of recovery.  There are some utilities that can attempt to read drives that Windows won't - Ontrack's Easy Recovery is one -- but anything you do can reduce the chances of professional recovery, if that becomes necessary.  It costs at least a few hundred dollars to recover a drive - one reasonably priced, well regarded recovery service is Gillware (www.gillware.com).

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Kavika2014
1 Copper

RE: How to recover data without initializing???

Thanks for your reply.  Can you tell me in simple terms why my desktop won't recognize or mount the external drive?  I had no trouble doing this with another dead laptop drive.

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8 Xenon

RE: How to recover data without initializing???

It sounds like whatever damaged the notebook caused hard drive damage in this case.

The only certainty where hard drives are concerned is that all drives will fail at some point - and the only sure road to recovery is backup before they do.

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Jack Williams
1 Copper

RE: How to recover data without initializing???

The partition might be in inactive state. You can activate it using the disk part commands or recover the data using recovery software like Remo Recover

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Dataq
6 Indium

RE: How to recover data without initializing???

Did you manage to sort out your data recovery. With most laptops there is more than one partition, such as boot, recovery and also your data parturition. I would suggest not altering these partitions if you want to have any chance of getting your data back.

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Kavika2014
1 Copper

RE: How to recover data without initializing???

No, I rescued 2 other hard drives but not this one.  The solution is too expensive via store, and too complicated to try at home.

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Dataq
6 Indium

RE: How to recover data without initializing???

Have you enquired to have it recovered professionally. Or is the data not that critical for you.

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Kavika2014
1 Copper

RE: How to recover data without initializing???

Yes ... it's too expensive and I believe the data is just personal photos.  

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Dataq
6 Indium

RE: How to recover data without initializing???

Have a look at the costs on Dataquest International Ltd website they may be more cost effective.

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