How to Recover Data from Dead Hard Drives

1. What is a dead hard drive?

When you find your hard disk's not responding anymore, you probably hear a few pathetic buzzing noises when you're trying to boot and then it stops and is inaccessible. In such condition, your hard disk drive might become dead.

2. How to recover data from dead hard drive

You can purchase a new hard disk to replace the dead one easily, but you'll lose the content forever. How can we get back the files, movies, music, photos, or even the system operation that saved on the dead hard drive? As a matter of fact, there is a way working well to perform dead hard drive recovery.

Get a bootable disk before you do anything else, which can help you to access your computer first.  My recommendation: Wondershare LiveBoot Boot CD/USB, a powerful computer bootable CD/ usb drive that can boot your computer under any situation.

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Step1. Create LiveBoot bootable CD/USB

Step one is to create a bootable CD or USB, to boot up your computer. You can make this on another computer.

When launch LiveBoot, you'll get the wizard interface as follow. Get your prepared blank CD or USB drive inserted to the computer, then follow the wizard and burn a bootable CD or USB drive with one click.

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Step2. Boot your computer from LiveBoot CD/USB

Insert the bootable CD or USB drive into the computer whose hard drive is dead. Start the computer and press F12 when the computer begins starting. Then choose "Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive" to get a boot menu as follow. Here select the first one to boot from LiveBoot, which offers you a pure and safe system to retrieve data from your own system.

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Step3. Perform data recovery from dead hard drive

After entering the system, launch LiveBoot and you'll get the window below, with which you can recover data from your dead hard drive.

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#1. Recover data from dead hard drive

If you only want to recover data like documents, music, photos, videos, etc. from your dead hard disk, you can go to "Data Recovery" to recover all these contents from your dead hard drive and save them on another disk.

#2. Recover operating system from dead hard drive

If you want to recover more contents, specially operating system files from the dead hard drive, you need to go to "Disk Management", which allows you to clone the whole hard drive to a new one, and you can boot your computer from the new hard drive with no problem.Know more about Wondershare Liveboot 2012

3. Wondershare Dead Hard Drive Recovery Software

Wondershare Data Recovery is a professional dead hard drive recovery software,it is a safe and effective data recovery software, recover your lost videos, photos, music, documents, emails, etc. from your PC's hard drive as well as from USB drives, external hard drives, and other storage devices.It also can recover data from dead hard drive,or this hard drive storage damaged.

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  • Recover lost or deleted files, photos, audio, music, emails from any storage device effectively, safely and completely.
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  • Preview before recovery allows you to make a selective recovery.
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.10, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra) on iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro etc.
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Step 1: Launch this dead hard drive recovery software and select the type of files you want to recover.

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Step 2: Select the partition where you want recover data from. If you are not sure the partiton, go to the option "I can't find my partition" to start

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Step 3: Select a partition to scan files from the list.

select a partition

Step 4: After the scanning completed. You can preview the recovered data from deah hard drive and save to another safe storage device.

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Note: This hard drive data recovery will start a quick scan first. If the quick scan can't find your data from hard drive, go to deep scan which will deeply search more data from hard drive.

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