My hard disk fell and is now saying unallocated space – what do I do?

Emmanuel R July 16, 2013
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My hard disk fell out of my hand to the ground and has stopped working. If I plug it into the computer it says unallocated space – what can I do?

  1. Hovsep A
    July 16, 2013 at 7:58 am

    if it is hardware problem software will not help. if above solutions do not work. try to connect to another pc, mac, linux.

  2. Susendeep D
    July 16, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Try using the below tool -

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    External HDDs are very prone to shakes and movements.Do you hear any clicking sounds while it's powered up ? If yes,if you get chance to view files,quickly make a backup of it.

  3. Phill D
    July 16, 2013 at 6:56 am

    May be a physical damage occur to your hard drive, if it shows only unallocated space and not making a noise then using third party data recovery tools you can recover your data your self.

  4. Paul P
    July 16, 2013 at 3:38 am

    This is the best article I've ever read on the subject:

    http://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/Data_Recovery

    If you have a computer friend who is an expert, ask if they can help you go through it. Otherwise try chkdsk as suggested in the makeusof article. (I know the article tells you not to use chkdsk):

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-recover-data-from-a-corrupt-memory-card-or-usb-drive/

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