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Dead Hard Drive

By shocker664
Feb 29, 2008
  1. K i was having problems with my computer, found out that its my harddrive thats causing the problems. the computer freezes i go back to windows and my harddrive is not seen by windows, i go to bios and it doesnt see it either. i tried diffrent cables and makign sure its plugged in right but it still doesnt work. so i guess it crashed, is there anyway of getting the files on the broken harddrive? even if i need to open it or somehting im willing to try, i have all my files on that and i need them. thx!

    and just so your not confused i have 2 harddrives so the one with windows is fine but the broken one has all the files and stuff is dead**
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    If it's absolutely dead and cannot turn on or be detected by Windows, you won't be getting the data off the drive cheaply. You'll have to go and bring it to a firm dedicated to data recovery. Expect to pay at least a few hundred, possibly more.
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    As a last measure to locked up platters in a harddrive.
    (Now this may sound strange- but it has worked)

    Remove the HardDrive form your computer
    Wrap it in plastic - sealed
    Leave it in the freezer for an hour (I once did overnight!)
    Plug it back in (ofcourse remove from freezer!)
    Turn on
    You should get 10-20 mins out of it to recover files
     
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    Something I've never heard of, interesting approach and I can't see how it'd work (logically) but if it does, awesome :D.
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    It has saved me many times !
    Not exactly the swap the speaker around measure, which gave me a good laugh.

    This one is a real idea, and known across the web
     
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    I hope you realize I was only kidding about the speakers :(.

    Yeah, not saying it won't work, just saying it doesn't seem logical. If it does work, which it very well may, it's an interesting approach. I'll have to try it myself in the future.
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No I know that, I didn't mean laugh at you, I meant it was funny
    What's more funny is, it was on a different thead!! So I'll shoosh up now, and wait for the user response.
     
  8. shocker664

    shocker664 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    ok.. hah i put it in the freezer wrapped up in plastic.. now i put it in for more then an hour.. just wondering after i put it in the computer still cold right?
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Right

    Colder the better
     
  10. shocker664

    shocker664 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    k i just put it in the computer.. and it still doesnt see it!
    also when i plug it in.. i listen and i dont here anything moving within the harddrive? is there any way of getting the platter out somehow and putting it into another harddrive or something like that?
     
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes,

    This type of data recovery usually costs above $1000 and will take a long time for recovery companies to recover each and every sector.

    So is it worth that much?
     
  12. shocker664

    shocker664 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    no.. i have some pictures but there not worth 1000 bucks a well, il still keep it maybe someday il get the pictures k thx everyone
     
  13. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    :( Lesson learned the hard way. Always backup your data.
     
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