I am VERY sorry, for the crap questions But I want a quick answer.

My HardDrive ****ed up on me recently, and it had 40+ GB of Music, 16GB Of Movies, And like 5 GB of pictures and crap, text & PDF's....

Question 1) Any way to restore all of the content? Because there was some valuable stuff on there...

Question 2) If ^ Is not possible, say if I was to have added a couple of songs into iTunes, would all of my past files be erased because they can't be found? Or would it just add the songs I added recently?

EDIT: ^ If I was to Sync my iPod without the HD plugged in.
Quote by blackenedktulu
You said yes a second ago... *Glares*

sorry, mixed stuff up. I was gonna say: no there is nothing you can do about it.
1) Perhaps.

Content on a hard drive is never deleted, only over written (unless it didnt exist in firstplace, ofc,) Anyhow. If you can mount the drive, try using Undelete plus.

good luck.
Partially, lol (The videos)

But more so family pictures and such, you can download porn anywhere, lol
16GB Of Movies, And like 5 GB of pictures

Seems like it
Duesenberg Starplayer TV
Fender Jaguar
Indie PRS Copy
Faith Saturn E/Acoustic
Simon & Patrick SP12
Fender Jazz Bass
What actually happened to the hard drive? As Craig King said, the data is never erased (unless you get a data shredder) There will deffinately be software out there to salvage the data
It wont work when I plug it in, I mean, it COULD just be the plug, I'll get it checked, but no matter what way I have it in, it won't switch on...

Well at least there's hope for recovery

Edit: I just tried again and got a fairly sore shock, it's more than likely the plug...

I just hope it can be fixed...
Last edited by blackenedktulu at Feb 22, 2008,
There's an entire industry that's popped up to serve the "OMG the hard drive is dead and all of our data is lost!" crowd.

Usually when a hard drive goes caput one of the following occured:

1) The filesystem became corrupt. This is a problem with the layout of the data on the drive and is either caused by a bug in the software or because the power went out while data was being written. In this case a scandisk can often fix it. Your hard drive will still be recognized when you turn your computer on but Windows usually won't boot because it complains about corrupt files etc. Other times it's the boot record that got damaged. Reformatting and starting fresh with the same drive is always possible.

2) It's a hardware problem. Either the heads aren't working correctly or the circuit board got fried etc. Usually in this case the magnetic disks inside are perfectly fine and all of the data is still there, you just can't read it because the hard drive is "dead". But in this case the hard drive itself is damaged and you can't ever use it again.

Data restoration companies have the equipment (hardware, software and technical expertise) to fix both of these problems.

The downside: these companies that restore the hard drives usually service big businesses who have lost mission critical data and are willing to pay a FORTUNE to get it back. So it's usually extremely expensive. But look in your local yellow pages. If your data is that important to you and you have the money you can probably find a company that can get your data back for you.
Last edited by garett at Feb 22, 2008,
is it an external drive then? if thats the case, if you're confident with computer hardware, you could take it out of the enclosure, and mount it inside your computer using a standard IDE cable and molex (or SATA)..if not, you're best taking it to a speciallist, but telling them yo want the data salvaged. If it's just not tuning on, the data is deffinately still there, and there's no reason why you shouldn;t be able to salvage it