Recovering data from a broken HDD

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Sun Sep 17 22:51:03 UTC 2017

On Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 5:39 PM, Shamim Shahriar <shamim.shahriar at>

> Good evening all, hope everyone is well.
> a little background:
> I have a couple of portable HDD. One of them was dropped a few weeks back,
> and then the computer stopped recognising it and asked it to be formatted.
> Once formatted, it appeared to start working again -- even though all
> previous data had been lost, and no, I am not trusting that device to hold
> any important data.
> Last week, another HDD slipped through the hands (literally). This one too
> is showing the same/similar symptoms as the previous one. I believe that
> the data is still there, but somehow the alignment has shifted and hence
> the HDD controller is unable to provide the data. I am wondering, can
> anyone please suggest a data recovery programme that I can try on the
> drive? The HDD being not in the western/relatively-more-techy region cannot
> be sent to a data recovery company (and I have been told they cost you a
> fortune), but have access to m$ or Mac or Linux or BSD systems. So if
> anyone could please suggest something to try on (Yes, I had been on google,
> and found a huge amount of tools -- but I would much rather try out
> something that someone has already tried and can give some insight on).



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