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Hard Drive Failure

By Renosh
Feb 12, 2007
  1. i have a hard drive that failed. its a Western Digital WD1200 IDE.. i wanted to recover some data from it. whenever i started the CPU, you can hear a CLUNK CLUNK sound. so i took it out and switched it to slave and put it to another CPU. still made the sound and it was not finding that harddrive. Is there any way to get the data back, or is it completely dead.
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    You can get hard drive data recovery, but it`s extremely expensive

    You could try wrapping your hard drive in two plastic bags and putting it in the freezer for an hour or so, Then, take it out and reconnect it to your system. This might let it run one last time, just long enough for you to retrieve your data.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    I hear at least four hours in the freezer is better but I've never had to try it myself (yet).
     
  4. Renosh

    Renosh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27


    Really, i can put it in the freezer. hehe. i just took it out and left it to cool down. i will try again and see if it will boot up. hopefully it will work..
     
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Bear in mind, you can only usually do this once. You`ll need to have your backup plans in order, ready and waiting beforehand, as you might not have much time before the drive fails altogether. That`s if it works at all.

    Good luck.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  6. Renosh

    Renosh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Thanks Howard and mailpup, for taking time to help me on this issue. Really appreciate it
     
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    You're welcome. But remember, freezer, not just room temperature.
     
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