2.5" SATA drive - data recovery

By javastring
Feb 23, 2011
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  1. My laptop stopped booting in either safe/command or normal mode. it keeps shutting down after first Windows logo screen(animated block moving from left to right) and keeps repeating...

    So to recover data i took drive out and connected as via adapter to USB port. Now when i open it it says 'drive not formmated'. So used EASEUS - it went though and pulled about 25GB data but all are in 'SWF' and 'GZ' format. nothing else.

    Can someone guide me what can i do to either fix or recover data?


    Thank you,
  2. robin_bga

    robin_bga Newcomer, in training Posts: 258

    Hi, i think you should download Hiren use Acronis its better at restoring partitions...

    Hope that helps
  3. mike1959

    mike1959 TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,046   +15

    I have had very good results recovering all types of 'lost' data using this;
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva
    Be sure to save the recovered data to a different drive than the one it is coming from.
  4. javastring

    javastring Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Ok thank i will try those today and input the result.

    do you know, what could have caused this problem?
  5. javastring

    javastring Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Hi robin_bga
    i downloaded thsi file but it needs password to unzip it - do you know what that is?
    Also can you give me high level how to use this software?
  6. robin_bga

    robin_bga Newcomer, in training Posts: 258

    Its usually xxx, try that and see...
    Cheers bro
  7. javastring

    javastring Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Robin_bga, pw worked, looks like it has bunch of utilities, i will try ones that show its by 'Acronis' - let me know if i understood wrong...

    Mike1959,
    periform software is not working, i believe beacause windows still show drive is not formatted.


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