Friday, August 31, 2012

How to recover data from bad sector Hard Disks

Recovering files from a bad sector hard disk is not an easy job especially the files allocated in bad sectors are not readable and also recovering the corrupted files are time consuming. In this tutor, I use a freeware called Unstoppable copier which is simple and compact program that truly recovers every byte of information that is available for recovery. Directly recovering files from within Windows is not suggested using the above freeware since some file contents might not be readable. Instead using this freeware in a virtual OS or DOS mode gives full advantage over the hard disk.

1. Download Hiren's BootCD and extract the archive and Burn the image file to a CD.

2. Boot your PC with Hiren's BootCD by setting boot priority in BIOS menu.

3. Select and Enter the option "Mini Windows XP" from the menu.

4. Click Start > HBCD Menu.

5. Click Programs > Backup > Unstoppable Copier.

6. Navigate to Settings tab and move the slider to the extreme left corner for best data recovery.

(OR) Move the slider to the extreme right for the fastest data recovery and put a tick mark in Auto skip Damaged files for recovering only undamaged files.

7. After adjusting the desired settings navigate to Copy tab and select the Source (corrupted hard disk drives) and Target (external storage device/Physical drive2) and finally click Copy button.

8. Based on the settings and file contents the transfer speed may differ.

9. You can check the number of corrupt files and skipped files after the completion of process.

10. Once you have finished recovering all your partitions/drives, close this window and restart your PC and then eject the CD out.


  1. It is so long process try this new way use Kernel for windows data recovery software is highly useful for home users, working professionals, and administrators, who have lost their access to important data due to bad sectors errors.

  2. Hello. And Bye. Thank you very much.

  3. Very useful tuto. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

  4. I would be happy to share this application, this tool gives me satisfied results.

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  6. A friend of mine recommended this software to me, VL data recovery software, works perfectly when I tried to use its free version. Very quick and easy to use, it can retrieve files with just a few mouse click. You can also try its free version guys, here's the link.

  7. does it work only with installed OS? or it also works on a laptop/pc that don't have OS installed, literally a clean HDD no files etc, but do have bad sector itself.

  8. Great Stuff About Data Recovery.This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! data recovery

  9. What if the first sectors are bad? I cant even run minixp..

  10. Losing important data due to such mishap with hard drive really a panic moment. I too encounter same situation but thanks to Data Recovery Software using which i able to recover them.

  11. Really, Windows Data Recovery Software works. Using it I am able to retrieve lost data.

  12. The important documents such as music, videos, files, presentations, ZIP, RAR files and others important documents are very precious. If gets deleted really, it bad moment. I too faced same issue but thanks to Data Recovery Software using which I able to recover them.

  13. I can't see my hard drive when I try to choose Source in the Copy tab.
    What should I do?


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