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Offline John F

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Hard Drive Failure/Recovery
« on: September 02, 2019, 08:39:22 PM »
Does anyone have any experience with this subject?
I have a 10 year old computer that seems to have died.
It is a Dell XPS with Windows Vista on it. Yeah I know, Vista? Yes Vista.
It was basically an email/web browser for me.
The problem is my wife has not been backing up after adding many pictures.
I have seen some videos on YouTube but I have no experience trying to take apart a hard drive.
I have heard it is sometimes possible to recover data but it is expensive and not guaranteed.
It will not start and goes into repair mode to no avail.
It shows error code 0142
2000-0142
Unit 1:drive self test failed
Status byte=79
The basic research indicates I am screwed but I know some of you are computer gurus.
Any ideas?
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Re: Hard Drive Failure/Recovery
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2019, 08:45:51 PM »
Does anyone have any experience with this subject?
I have a 10 year old computer that seems to have died.
It is a Dell XPS with Windows Vista on it. Yeah I know, Vista? Yes Vista.
It was basically an email/web browser for me.
The problem is my wife has not been backing up after adding many pictures.
I have seen some videos on YouTube but I have no experience trying to take apart a hard drive.
I have heard it is sometimes possible to recover data but it is expensive and not guaranteed.
It will not start and goes into repair mode to no avail.
It shows error code 0142
2000-0142
Unit 1:drive self test failed
Status byte=79
The basic research indicates I am screwed but I know some of you are computer gurus.
Any ideas?

take the hard drive out, bench test it on a good computer via a USB to Sata adapter. see if you can see the drive. the more you try to access it, the worst you make the physical drive.

you can mail it to me. i'll try some stuff on it.

http://www.printers911.com/datarecovery.htm

ignore the rate, you just pay to ship and pay to get it shipped back. i have not updated that page in 5 years. i really need to :P

when it gets past my skill levels, then you have to pay 100s to 1000s to a data recovery company. they replace the main board on the hard drive, and sometimes rebuild the platters and needle structure.

a buddy of mine manages a large data recovery center. he tells me the facts of those places.

their success rate is low. you still pay up front.

if anyone reading this cares about their data, keep 3 copies of a backup. i've seen solid state flash drives die just sitting in a drawer. DVDs get scratched. hard drives die daily. SSD hard drives die daily.

good luck.  :)
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Re: Hard Drive Failure/Recovery
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2019, 02:11:48 PM »
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Re: Hard Drive Failure/Recovery
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2019, 04:53:27 PM »
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