Hard Drive failure and what to do.

Recently, my 500GB hard drive failed on me and I looked on the inter­net for any­thing that could recover my files from the hard drive, which admit­tedly, I should have backed-up.

Hard drive failure

F:\ is not acces­si­ble. Data error (cyclic redun­dancy check).








Cyclic Redun­dancy Check Error & what I did.  

I searched on the inter­net for a solu­tion and found out what the error mes­sage means. CRC (Cyclic Redun­dancy Check), I looked at a few solu­tions how­ever none of them worked for me. So, I thought instead of try­ing to get my hard drive acces­si­ble again, I thought I’d just get the data off first that I needed. (The data I should have  backed up)

Recovering files on a failed hard drive

Recov­er­ing files on a failed hard drive


So, I found this as a solu­tion. I’ve man­aged to already get access to around 1,000+ files (Though they aren’t the files I need, so I’m con­tin­u­ing the scan), how­ever there is a data-limit on the pro­gram, since I’m using the trial ver­sion. (The pro­gram, bought, costs around $59.) The paid ver­sion allows you to down­load as much infor­ma­tion from the defec­tive hard drive, while the trial allows you to only take off around 1GB of data.

That’s all I need as I’m purely try­ing to recover a web design which I orig­i­nally bought and I want to place it for free on my web­site over at SimpleTemplates.org. It’s only a small file.

How long?

How­ever, accord­ing to the pro­gram to scan the entirety of the 500GB hard drive, I need to wait 255 hours, which is around 2 weeks of con­cur­rent scan­ning. I can do this, but even­tu­ally or before all that, it will find this web design, so I no longer need to con­tinue any more scans.

So, what pro­gram are you using to do this?

The pro­gram I’m using was cre­ated by Power Data Recov­ery. (Google search; not direct link to their site) — They make other pre­mium pro­grams for hard drive fail­ures which includes auto­matic back-ups and the like.

Also for future ref­er­ence, I have also done some research into other pro­grams that have been rec­om­mended in the blogosphere:

  • PC Inspec­tor File Recovery
  • NTFS Reader
  • Restora­tion
  • Undelete Now!

Hope­fully, some­one will have found this use­ful. Hard­ware fail­ures, espe­cially hard drive fail­ures are not fun at-all.

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