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Hard drive burning smell

By sabanknight
May 14, 2009
  1. Ok I had a virus on my pc a few days ago and through my negligence I waited too long to run a full system check and on restarting the pc it wouldnt go into windows just a black screen with the mouse cursor. Anyway no big deal most of my stuff is saved on an external. So I pluged my hdd as a slave into another computer to run a virus scan it took out a lot of files and when I pluged it back it it had the same problem so I figured what the hell time for a fresh install anyways.

    Now today I was going to xfer my files that I had on there to my external and pluged the gimped drive into a recently purchased enclosure (NSP-E525) upon firing it up the HDD began to make a lot of noise as it began to spin. thought it was just it starting up but then I smelt a electric fire smell and quickly shut it off. Upon inspection It was coming from the HDD. Just recently I tested it on my other pc installing it internally it imediatly began making the same noise so I shut down again.

    What just happened... and is there any recovering?!
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Actually it's very strange. The Hard Drive is a sealed unit
    Are you sure nothing was touching it? But if its making a bad noise anyway, I's say it's shot, gone, ded, and done.
     
  3. sabanknight

    sabanknight TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    only problem is that other than being pluged into the enclosure nothing different had happened to it to just start making that noise.
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I have had many old, and some new Hard Drives fail

    If it's under manufacture warranty please RMA it, (contact the Hard Drive Manufacture for this)

    I have never had one smoke though :confused:
     
  5. sabanknight

    sabanknight TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    no smoke just a smell and honestly I can get another hard drive its the data I am concerned about I think some of my project files are still on there that I did not have a chance 2 move to my external and those are not replaceable.

    As an extra note I figured what the hell and turned it on again made the noise no additional smell and it crashed at windows load screen when it was used as a slave.
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I usually tap it a few times, just to see if it'll kick in long enough to backup data (ok I drop it on the floor from about 1 to 2 feet :D)

    Then plug it in via USB connection (ie this device: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002)

    Then hope My Computer, shows the faulty Hard Drive to recover data

    Hey I found an interesting page here, that shows pics info of faulty drives: http://www.harddrive-repair.com/

    Also. Do not quote my entire post when you reply (you have done this every time) just press "Post Reply", no need to quote me anyway :(

    IE Here VV
     
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