Hard drive repair

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  1. j0k3r

    j0k3r El Chupacabra

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    I have a hard drive that won't spin up anymore. It has all my financial data on it and the stuff within the last 6 weeks hasn't been backed up. I am pretty sure it's the spindle or bearings. Has anyone ever attempted a replacement? I don't want to try anything without knowing what I am doing first for fear of damaging the platters. I might send it to Seagate, but I am not sure what they would charge for repair. It would probably take me a good 2 or 3 days to recover the data manually from online resources and paper filings at my home so I would rather not spend that much time doing so. Thanks in advance.
  2. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    For shame! Jesus saves, and make incremental backups...

    Anyway, I've never attempted a mechanical repair on a drive. I've swapped boards (unsuccessfully), and using Linux have been able to get data from a drive that was on the bubble.

    Does Windows detect the drive at all?
  3. j0k3r

    j0k3r El Chupacabra

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    Windows detects the drive, but it won't spin up at all so it can't read the partition data. I have attempted Linux and Windows PE, but the hardware failure is preventing any data from being read.

    EDIT: Yeah, I know I suck for getting behind on my backups. I haven't even been using that computer much so I was caught completely off guard by the drive failure.
  4. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    SOL.
    It's my understanding that hard drives are clean, no dust inside them because it would corrupt the platter.
  5. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Yeah, short of a professional recovery service I think you're out of luck.
  6. Miller

    Miller Tweak Guru

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    Yea don't attempt it. Hard drives are manufactured in a class 100 clean-room (100 particles per meter cubed). Ambient air has on average 35,000,000 ppm.


    Send it out to a company.
  7. JZL

    JZL Ministry of Whack

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    No one does the freezer trick anymore?
  8. funkgab

    funkgab Junior Member

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    well it probably still spins up if windows is at least detecting it..
    does it just freeze up on hardrive recovery problems?

    and id say just go through the data than pay for it because it might be rather expensive and take them awhile
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    Fuckin LOL.
  10. j0k3r

    j0k3r El Chupacabra

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    Nope, no movement of the platters at all. The drive doesn't even get warm.
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    LOL. whatever.

    Double ziploc and throw it in the freezer.

    If you don't want to try that, or take it to data recovery, you're SOL.
  12. funkgab

    funkgab Junior Member

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    what he said.. i was thinking the drive had to spin up for windows to detect it..
  13. j0k3r

    j0k3r El Chupacabra

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    Freezing didn't work, made the clicking worse. Most hard drives use hydrodynamic bearings. How would freezing it make it good?
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    Dunno, but it does in some cases. That sucks. Looks like pro data recovery is the only option.
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