Data Recovery

Beginners Guides: Hard Drive Data Recovery

The worst that can happen in your laptop is when your hard drive fails.

Hard Drive is a vital computer part where all your data are stored, this includes your files, documents, contacts and emails.

So, it is advisable to also have an USB where you can keep all your backup files. USB aside from being cheap is very handy in saving important files and you can carry this anywhere you go.

Everyone experiences this type of laptop failure, one time or another, it is important to arm yourself with know-how in solving this problem.

Data Recovery is always known as a very difficult task which requires years of knowledge, expensive gadgets and high level of skills. However, this is not always true. There are laptop problems that needs the expert touch, but most of it can be done by yourself.

Hard Drive Recovery is easy to do with researching and practice. The internet offers a wide selection of search engines that can aid you from your research, there are also available handbooks that can help you solve various laptop problems.

One of the reason for this problem is when the motor and on-board electronics malfunctioned, should this be the case the following instructions should be done.


Most laptop users believe that the hard drive is stored on the whole lower part of the laptop. But, it is usually located under it and is stored on it’s cage. It is 2.5″ wide and 4″ long in size. This can be accessed by removing a screw, make sure that the battery is removed and the laptop is unplugged before doing any repair work.


After unscrewing, you will need to remove the whole cage from the laptop. This has to be pulled on the cage to free the drive’s IDE Interface. The hard drive is being held by 2 metal tabs that secures it and its cage. However, sometimes you don’t need to remove this just to retrieve old files.


The IDE Interface is the most important part in order to access your files. If the Interface is working well this could be done. Plug the Interface Card with a USB Portal, Windows XP will read the card, and a pop-out folder will inform what you can do with it. Choose “View with EXPLORER” and you can access your old files. Transfer your files to your new computer then the recovery is complete.

Recovering Hard Drive Data has never been this easy! With a vast array of books and websites that can help you, this could be easy-peasy. But also remember that it is still safer and best to ask an expert before doing repair work yourself!

About the author


Dario Kralj

Dario is a senior editor at Sidelayer, where he typically writes about data recovery and how to fight malware & viruses. Dario also reports on innovations in science and how technologies make it to the market.

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