DIY Hard Drive Data Recovery

Save Money Recovering Data

Save Hundreds or Thousands on Data Recovery

The topic I get the most requests for help on, by far, is DIY hard drive data recovery. Now, if the hard drive is physically damaged, there is less chance you will recover data successfully without employing a professional service.

But in most cases only the operating system has crashed; maybe because of a few sectors on the hard drive going bad.

The good news is that in those cases you can normally recover your data easily, made even simpler with a very inexpensive adapter that is very handy to have around.

Vantec USB Hard Drive Adapter

The Vantec USB Hard Drive Adapter is very inexpensive and will allow you to connect an older IDE drive, whether from a laptop or desktop, or any newer SATA hard drive (again, laptop or desktop).

User Saved $299

While I hesitate to call this a testimonial due to FTC rules, that’s basically what it is, I guess.

A Facebook user contacted me through my fanpage and had this to say about her DIY data recovery experience:

Got the kit and am successfully moving data from a drive that [professional service, name removed] said was bad and wanted $299 to retreive data from. Ha!

I love hearing stories like that and I thanked her for getting back to me to let me know how she came out.

I have a few YouTube videos and even a “playlist” for data recovery.

Here is one of my videos with the most views. I cannot explain the number of dislikes other than that this is the internet and some people are that way. The likes outnumber it by around 8 or 9 to 1:

If you feel this adapter is the answer to your DIY hard drive data recovery need, you can grab it from Amazon here:

Vantec USB Hard Drive Adapter

If you have problems or need more help, head to my free support forum, link at the top of the page.

8 Replies to “DIY Hard Drive Data Recovery”

  1. Thanks Roger, that is pretty handy to know! I don’t need it right now as I upgraded my hard drive not long ago and back it up externally. Just the same, knowledge of little adapters like this are nice to include in the arsenal.

  2. Great information for a novice like me! I need all the help I can get. Didn’t know there were some many problems with hard drives. Then again, I don’t think I tax my hard drive all that much. Well yet anyway.

  3. I have 5 old IDE drives sitting around for years. I wanted to discard them but they were full of data and no longer in any machines. So I bought this device. Things could not have been any simpler. Worked just as described. Not only had I forgotten, and retrieved, some old documents, photos, etc. but I was also able to completely DOS zero out the drives so they are completely brand new. I am glad I took the time to do that. Thanks for posting this website/video/link!!

  4. trying to use sata/ide to usb adapter. saw video on no drive letter. i have win 7 it did not give me the option in the video. in one right click the option was “new simple volume”. the other right click said either convert to dynamic disk or gpt disk. what do i need to do. the disk that i am trying to get info from is on disk 5 with this info- basic 931.51 online

  5. I bought an adapter to hook up an old IDE hard drive to my PC so I might recover some data from it. The one I bought isn’t a Vantec and all it came with is the adapter and a short SATA cable which I don’t need.

    My question is this: when I plug the adapter to the old IDE drive and plug the USB cable into a port on my PC nothing happens. Well, that’s not entirely true. A red indicator light labeled ‘power’ on the adapter comes on. But nothing else – no sound of movement in the drive itself, no indication of a drive appearing on my PC screen – nothing.

    Since the red ‘power’ indicator light is lit I assume the power for the drive is coming through the USB cable. Is that correct? Or do I need a power cord of some sort?? I find no other place on either the adapter or the drive where I could plug a power cord in.

    I’m evidently doing something wrong or not doing something I should be doing but since no instructions came with the adapter I’m sorta in the dark. Any help you could provide would sure be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    J.L. Marta

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