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Hitachi hard drive with 1TB
I got my Hitachi hard drive several months ago and it offers 1TB of storage space. I decided to split it into three partitions where I named the biggest one with DATA. After doing that, it looks like the hard drive is splicing bits of some files to other files. I first noticed this when I was listening to some songs saved on the hard drive. There are instances that the songs will not play or some songs have bits of other songs inserted in them. There are even corrupted bitmaps of MP3 tags at the beginning of some files. It gets more complicated after that. The files that I have saved that came from a faulty HDD have holes in them. Some songs will play them go silent for a few seconds then continue the song. I have run chkdsk and defragmented already but these didn’t fix the problem.

Hitachi UltraStar A7K2000 External 2TB 3.5″ Hard Drive
I have an Acer PC with Windows 7 and I use a Hitachi UltraStar with it. It was working fine until I used NTFSclone to back up the data on an external hard drive. Everything worked semi-perfectly but I saw on NTFSclone that the Hitachi hard drive that I am using has about 50 bad sectors in consecutive locations that are separated by 12 blocks. When I first ran NTFSclone, it stopped unexpectedly so I decided to get a new drive for backup. Anyway, I tried various programs to try to fix the bad sectors including Clonezilla, PartedMagic, Knoppix, and other tools. I thought that I can just clone the hard drive with the bad sectors in it and that will not be a problem but according to Seagate’s tech support, it is not a good idea to do that. He told me to fix the bad sectors first. I ran the tools but it’s taking them too long to scan. I am becoming hopeless that they will get it fixed but I don’t want to damage the drive. So my questions are, can you recover the data form this drive that has a lot of bad sectors on it?

Don’t Lose Your Data, Use Hitachi Hard Disk Recovery

Hitachi hard disks are now highly reliable, but no disk from any manufacturer is completely fault proof and so it is not a wise move to assume that your drive will never fail. Unfortunately because failures are relatively rare many people have too much confidence in their computer system and will store all of their files on a single drive. While you are perfectly free to choose to do this, you should be aware that in the event of a hard drive failure you are at risk of losing all of your data that you may have worked months to create. In most cases it is possible to recover 100% of the data that is on a hard drive, but in some cases the type of damage that occurs leads to the permanent damage and corruption of files that in a tiny percentage of cases means that the data cannot be recovered.

There are many reasons why data becomes inaccessible on hard drives and we have significant amounts of experience in recovering data from many different models of Hitachi hard disks that include the Cinemastar, Deskstar, Travelstar, Edurastar and Ultrastar models.

Data access can be compromised by a number of different factors that will lead to you not being able to access your data files. One of the simplest reasons for this happening is that you have accidentally deleted the file, which in actual fact only means that you have deleted the pointer to the file and the file itself is still intact waiting to be overwritten. As long as you don’t write large amounts of data to the drive after you delete the files that you want it should be a fairly simple task to recover the deleted files and to restore the pointers to them.

Failure of the operating system is also a common problem that leads not only to your files being inaccessible, but also to your computer not booting up at all. If this occurs your files may be in danger of becoming corrupted as the damaged operating system attempts to boot up, but this will be reduced if you have a partition on your hard drive that separates your operating system from the rest of your files.

Physical damage can also occur to a hard drive that can potentially cause large amounts of damage to the files and the file structure. This may be due to a firmware failure, or perhaps impact damage if the drive, or the computer, is dropped. It can also be due to environmental issues such as excess moisture getting into the system or even an electrical surge going through the disk.

Whatever symptoms you see, you should call one of our specialist Hitachi data recovery engineers. Our advice is free so you do not lose anything by giving us a call to allow us to make a diagnosis on your hard drive and to tell you about your various options for the recovery of your data. So make the most of our experience and give us a call.