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Is there a data recovery recovery software that works for hard drives that do not display on the desktop?

This is a laptop. It is booting from an external drive. The internal drive does not display on the desktop. It is also not listed as an installable partition during MAC OS X installation. Is there anything that can recover a volume in this condition? I commonly see file recovery,but what I need is the partition to recover.

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Testdisk would recover a drive if need be - you should be able to install and run this off your current external install, assuming its OS X or linux

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I recently had good luck in this scenario by removing the internal hard drive and mounting it to a Windows desktop then using the Apple Bootcamp HFS drivers to view the partition and recover the data :) Sounds like a workaround but I tried dozens of solutions before giving this a chance with success!

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please do not use answers to post a "thanks" comment... thats what comments are for ;) – Fazer87 Jun 17 '14 at 11:58
I dont think this is a thanks comment - it is a tip? I solved that same issue by using the bootcamp drivers... – AAA Jun 17 '14 at 23:33

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