Computer will no longer boot, how to retrieve data off hard drive ?

By I_hate_MYDELL · 4 replies
Sep 12, 2007
  1. I managed (don't know how)
    a, to get my 8100 to fail to boot.
    b, try an incorrect restore disc (that created an invalid partition)
    c,then enable a hdd password i can't remember or bypass(using DELL)

    If that lot doesn't seem unlucky enougth after loosing my mobile i now realise my (lil millenium bug) is the only HD with my childrens pictures on it.

    Been diviorced with a real bunny boiler of an x i would be grateful for any asssistance in getting to the stored data...(that can't be replaced)

    I aplologise if this thread isn't writen the best but is first forum i've ever visited...

    Can anyone offer assistance as i would really like to be able to retrieve the pic's some taken 10yrs ago that can never be reproduced

    Thanks in advance (a stupid beginner)......
  2. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    I'd suggest paying someone to do it professionally as then it will get done properly, as opposed to someone here telling you how to DIY.

    Just my 2 cents.
  3. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Good 2 cents as the process of creating the bad partition may make the recovery difficult/impossible without specialist equipment.
    Whatever you do, stop trying to fix it as the more you do to the hard drive, the harder it will be to extract your personal files.
    You could google for "data recovery" and find someone local to you - if you are in UK I have a couple of contacts who might be able to help.
  4. I_hate_MYDELL

    I_hate_MYDELL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cheers to both of you..... I was thinking about getting the correct kind of cable and attatch and use as a slve drive (think thats right) so i can see files as i would if i connected a mass stoeage, would this cause more issues??.... The (millenium Bug ) Dell has definatly seen better days...but as my first laptop and the company it's given me (I've used it all over) had it sat on a pile of rubble just so i had enougth music while i worked. Be a shame to put in bin lol...

    Now established the laptop is expendable...(reluctanly) is they a simple solution to my issue Thank you for your replies, Have been braying my head against the wall for ages but am a D.I.Y enthusiast

    Your 2 cents have been heard loud and clear..... And Gratefully accepted.

    I was about to attempt to retry making a shorter to dissabe/jump the 24XX16 chip or eprom or whatever it's called.

    Would hate to get it wrong....But would like after the hours put in resolve (with help) myself.... Is this possible?

    Kind Regards

    Stupid Beginer (UK)
  5. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    The only stupid beginner is the one who doesn't ask questions.
    Not sure which chip you want to jump but it will not make any difference to the hard drive. If the laptop has a slot for a second drive, you could fit one; otherwise not. You could fit the drive into an external USB caddy (cost about £10) and try and get at the contents that way. If you are in the UK east midlands, send me a private message through the forum and I will help further.
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