Where, who, how to recover a WD external hard drive
I’ve had success in getting at stuff by copying whole partitions onto new/spare drives using MiniTool Partition Wizard, free version from cnet download site. Then using dos/filemanager/Recuva to get the data safely out from the copy, when the HD has become incapable of maintaining it’s partition table after powering down.Posted 4 years ago
My friends external hard drive has ceased working, when plugged in it says something along the lines of:
“this hard drive must be formatted”
on my Mac it says:
“the disk you inserted is not readable by this computer”
it can still be heard whirring but clearly something is up.
There are files she would like to recover.
Has anyone got any suggestions of what to do next or who to take it to for a look?
Thanks.Posted 4 years agoDain_BramagedMember
Don’t be tempted by those “we’ll scan it and fix it….for $59”Posted 4 years ago
Try running “chkdsk” in the cmd prompt.
“best in business” and “pretty reasonable price” are likely to be mutually exclusive.
That said, if you want to maximise your chances of success then yes absolutely, send it to a professional. There’s a risk of making things worth as soon as you do any sort of DIY work that involves writing to the disk. In my experience though, most people aren’t willing to pay professional data recovery rates to get their “vital data” (holiday photos and iTunes library) back.Posted 4 years ago
OK, progress update.
Checkdisk did not work
Drive Image (recommended by someone else) did not work
Minitool is doing something!
Pressed ‘full scan’ and it has been running for 12+ hours now, it has found a lot of files but not sure what it is actually doing, is it just a health check or will it fix it or is that the point you pay up to recover the files 😀 ?Posted 4 years agojoemarshallMember
If minitool finds files, recuva quite likely will too, and I think it is completely free. In recuva, you can tell it part of the file name you’re looking for and it will get that out.
Apparently a linux boot disk will often be able to read disks that are in this state too.
Last time I knew anyone needing professional data recovery, cost them £500 for a single disk, although that was a proper dead disk which didn’t spin up, not just a little bit corrupted. Got all their data back though.Posted 4 years ago
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