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Simple Search and Copy
Recovering data from a failed Hitachi hard drive is a matter of choosing the most efficient approach in terms of time, money, and potential data loss. Nearly any data on any hard drive can be recovered for a price by specialized data recovery labs, but sometimes the price is just too high compared to the value of the data and a bench approach is preferred.
Simple search and copy methods involve connecting the failed drive to a working computer that is running the same, or newer, operating system as the failed drive. Connect the failed disk as a secondary drive so that the computer boots up to its own operating system. Run Disk Management in Computer Management to import the disk if necessary, and then simply search for files and copy them to an external device such as a USB hard drive.
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Operating System Tools: How to Repair Hard Drive from Hitachi
System hard drive tools can be used to solve minor file system issues such as cross-linked files or other typical operating system problems that prevent the drive from being accessed. Run Chkdsk from the command prompt or run the Windows disk error checking utility, being sure to check the boxes to automatically fix file system errors and to scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors, and reboot the system if prompted to allow the scan to run on startup.
This simple tool can often make the drive accessible as a secondary drive for data recovery search and copy methods as well as solve the problems that are preventing the system from booting in the first place. After copying the important data to an external location the drive can often be replaced into the original system to work normally again. If this is the case, it would be a great time to implement an automatic backup routine.
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Specialized data recovery software is also available for situations where the failed hard drive is not accessible from the secondary computer. Installing the software and running it on the secondary computer often facilitates file recovery when other methods fall short, and it is often the best solution to recover data from drives which have been formatted or have lost partition information. Data recovery software typically employs several methods of searching a hard drive for data. Simple data recovery, deleted file recovery, format recovery, and sector by sector raw recovery options are common.
When these methods fail, or when the data is critical, professional data recovery labs can pull data from any drive that still has the platters intact. Most labs have the ability to recover data over the web. Dead drives can also be shipped overnight, and the recovered data can be made available via FTP the next day if necessary.