One of my colleagues at work has asked me if I can help him to back-up/recovery some data (72.6Gb on 320GB HDD) from a laptop running Windows 7 which held very important data for his cousin’s tax return documents. He has described the symptom as “The laptop will not boot up properly due to Windows boot-up file corruption or some sort, also the hard disk cannot be recognized when connected via Sata to USB coverter or Sata to motherboard as a second HDD. The HDD wasn’t completely dead and plates spindling.”
Unfortunately, the Hard disk was 320GB in size but was only partitioned into a single partition, so both OS and data resided on the same partition. I have tried my usual tricks on both Windows and Linux OS and the damn HDD cannot be detected hence, I was unable to back-up any data from this failed hard disk, then a little bit of googling pointed me to this URL: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/256518-peppermint-live-cd-dvd-usb-create-emergency-backup.html. Wow! what a cool way to recover your data!!! This data back-up method can be used in both Windows and Linux data recovery. Thanks to the Author who documented the recovery process, it worked like magic on the First GO!
Step 1: Find an old USB flash drive
*I am using an old 2GB USB drive 🙂
Step 2: Download your OS from the following site:
*32bit OS will do the job just fine, do not bother with 64bit OS.
Step 3: Download Lufus bootable USB maker from the following link and make a bootable usb using above two:
Step 4: Run Peppermint OS from the usb itself, running in live OS mode, connect an external USB storage and start data backing up/recovery
Keep your bootable usb handy all times and have a fun!