One of 3 partitions on Hard Drive Failed

ChristianCEI

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Good Day.

My Hard Drive in my HP laptop just decided it hates me.
When I boot my laptop into Partition Magic with Hirens Boot, I can access and copy the files from the other 2 partitions on the hard drive, but the one partition is unreadable.

Is there any hope for me to recover my data from that partition?
 
yes.
https://www.easeus.com/resource/hard-disk-data-recovery.htm

Since your hard drive is functional, it's the partition formatting that seems bad. Not exactly sure.

However, software like what I linked doesn't care. It simply scans ever part of the spinning platters and reconstructs the files. It doesn't care if the file tables are intact.

Once you generate a list you copy to another drive preferably. (it will take HOURS to scan)

Not sure if there is good, free software for this.

OTHER:
Not sure if the HDD is failing or not, though I suggest you do this:
1) obtain another HDD of equal or larger capacity
2) copy everything over on the working partitions
3) run EASEUS data recovery wizard (or other) to reconstruct your raw data files (documents, video etc) but not progams that are installed
4) copy that data to the other drive

then
5) FORMAT (FULL, NTFS), then
6) run HDD diagnostics

alternatively)
7) some weird issues (if still errors after format) can be fixed by a LLF (Low Level Format) http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-LLF-Low-Level-Format-Tool/
(use as free version.), then
8) repeat FULL NTFS (hours) and retest with HDD diagnostics (from HDD manufacturer... includes Drive Short Test to start.. if DST fails drive is bad though)

OTHER:
*You'll need to get a USB, 2.5" HDD adapter likely for all this to work with a laptop, or alternatively REMOVE and put into a computer case (don't mount, just attach the SATA data and power cables, use as secondary drive. don't boot to it. then copy data to that PC...

If you can copy data over, maybe you can DELETE the partition (in Disk Management) then add back the partition. Retest.
 
yes.
https://www.easeus.com/resource/hard-disk-data-recovery.htm

Since your hard drive is functional, it's the partition formatting that seems bad. Not exactly sure.

However, software like what I linked doesn't care. It simply scans ever part of the spinning platters and reconstructs the files. It doesn't care if the file tables are intact.

Once you generate a list you copy to another drive preferably. (it will take HOURS to scan)

Not sure if there is good, free software for this.

OTHER:
Not sure if the HDD is failing or not, though I suggest you do this:
1) obtain another HDD of equal or larger capacity
2) copy everything over on the working partitions
3) run EASEUS data recovery wizard (or other) to reconstruct your raw data files (documents, video etc) but not progams that are installed
4) copy that data to the other drive

then
5) FORMAT (FULL, NTFS), then
6) run HDD diagnostics

alternatively)
7) some weird issues (if still errors after format) can be fixed by a LLF (Low Level Format) http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-LLF-Low-Level-Format-Tool/
(use as free version.), then
8) repeat FULL NTFS (hours) and retest with HDD diagnostics (from HDD manufacturer... includes Drive Short Test to start.. if DST fails drive is bad though)

OTHER:
*You'll need to get a USB, 2.5" HDD adapter likely for all this to work with a laptop, or alternatively REMOVE and put into a computer case (don't mount, just attach the SATA data and power cables, use as secondary drive. don't boot to it. then copy data to that PC...

If you can copy data over, maybe you can DELETE the partition (in Disk Management) then add back the partition. Retest.
 
hardware examples (USA):
https://www.amazon.com/Enclosure-IAUGO-External-Tool-free-Transfer/dp/B071RRX5PK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505804803&sr=8-1&keywords=2.5%22+usb+enclosure
and
https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-BarraCuda-2-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000LM048/dp/B01LYNQXCP/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1505804857&sr=8-2&keywords=2.5%22+hdd

*Make sure if the drive bay is 7mm that you get a 7mm HDD (or SSD). The drive bay may be 9.5mm, and if you get a 7mm drive you need the spacer. (or fold over part of an anti-static bag to act as a shock absorber).

OTHER:
It's a great idea to use an external drive as a BACKUP solution. I use Acronis True Image which has an option to start the backup (if scheduled) when it detects the USB drive is plugged in. It's slightly complicated and beyond the scope of this post.
 

ChristianCEI

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Thanks a lot man, I will try it and let you know what happens
 

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