external drive damaged and unreadable

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by camille88, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. camille88 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    My hard drive suddenly stopped working. Maybe after my friend that has a PC inserted it in her computer, that might not have been as protected as she thought. anyway.

    when i plug my drive in, it says : the disk you inserted could not be read and i have as options "initiwalize", "ignore" or "eject...
    i have dowloaded data rescue 3 but it would not scan my hard drive. I tried both scans.

    I have then bought another hard drive, a 500GB like the other one, but a different brand and smaller.

    I formated it (maybe it is "restored") and then i cloned the old hard drive on the new one. took 5 days but it was done. i tried to plug my new hard drive on the computer and it says the same message as before "could not ber read".

    I then tried to scan it and it worked but i could only recover 222GB....

    any ideas how i could do to have all the datas???
    I am seriously not good with computers and trying to get better. I would welcome any help!

    Thanks already,

    Camille
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    The Cool Part of CA, USA
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    If Data Rescue 3 can't salvage anything, the chances are very high that the only way you're going to get anything off the drive is sending it to a professional data recovery service. Those usually run on the order of several thousand dollars, so this is only a realistic option if you absolutely must have whatever is on the disk.

    Sadly, as a general rule, it's not a matter of if a drive will fail, but when--it's a moving part, and an incredibly sensitive one at that. Having a backup is really the only thing you can do in the future.
     

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