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The Best Way To Deal With Recovering Data From A Gateway Desktop PC

GATEWAY GT5220:

I have an older Gateway GT 5220 which is not coming on when I press the power switch. I can hear the fans at the back of the system working, and there is also a spot of light at the back, glowing green, but I can’t hear the hard drive spinning around, and I can’t see any light at the front which usually comes on to show that the hard drive is being read. I have heard the drive making some very odd noises in the last week, with most of it being like a squeaking or scraping noise, but now I can’t hear anything at all. I have a lot of data on the drive which I use for my college course, and I need to be able to recover that data, it is the most important thing on the computer. I particularly have files and folders containing copies of lectures I recorded on my iPhone.

GATEWAY GT5220:

I have a Gateway 5220 which is not responding to instructions when I ask it to do something. I am not able to open or do anything with the contents of the folder, so for example if I have a folder in documents which has a number of written files, I am not able to open them, copy them, or make a backup. I can’t make a restore point, and when the computer will eventually respond, which can take perhaps half an hour, it will put up a message saying that the process has timed out. I will also get ‘program not responding’ when I am trying to save something, or edit a file. The inability to copy or backup my files means that I can’t pass the data over to something like a USB drive, and I also can’t attach it to emails. If I can’t do something soon, then my data might be stuck in this computer forever. Can the data be recovered?