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Help! my harddrive isnt working and I have VERY important stuff on it.

By awsskater892
Jul 29, 2006
  1. Ive had my harddrive for about 6-8 months. It worked great, but I took it out and put it back in It stopped working, Im guessing that I fried it. I make movies, and I have alot of my work on it. Ive tried acouple differnt methods of trying to get it to work (external harddrive case, changing the jumper on it, moving the jumper around, checking the bios to see if it shows up, and it didnt.) This is VERY important, and I really need help. It does still power up, because it gets warm and I can hear it. Its a Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 300 gb., Model# ST3300831A

    Thanks for your help and time soooo much -Nick
     
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

    Download and burn a BartPE cd. Boot the computer off of it and use the file explorer in Bart PE to attempt to access the drive.
     
  3. awsskater892

    awsskater892 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    Can you find me a link to bartpe? I cant seem to find it.
     
  4. awsskater892

    awsskater892 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    what do I put in the source section?
     
  5. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    If that doesnt work put the HD in a plastic bag and seal it tight then stick it in the freezer for 24 hours, it can sometimes give you just enough time to copy of any files before failing again
     
  6. awsskater892

    awsskater892 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    Haha, that sounds very weird, but at this point Im so desprite Ill try anything. but I still need help with the bart pe thing
     
  7. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

  8. awsskater892

    awsskater892 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    oooh ok, I get it now, I had to insert the xp disc. Ill see if it works, thanks -Nick
     
  9. awsskater892

    awsskater892 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    Ok, did evrything, and got to the file explorer, but......... my drive did not show up. any more suggestions?? and is the freezer idea a risky idea?
     
  10. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    if you cant access the hard drive with BartPE then it is probably dead. and would require expensive specialist techniques to recover the data.

    can you tell if the drive is spinning at all?
     
  11. awsskater892

    awsskater892 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    yea I think it is spinning, I can hear it and it gets warm.
     
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    The point with putting the drive into freezer is thermal expansion. If the mechanical parts are stuck, the temperature drop should shrink them enough to make them work until the temperature rises again.
     
  13. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    This actually works for some mechanical issues... At very least long enough to get some of your data off. I've only used this technique for drives that 'click' though... I'm not so sure it would work for non-mechnical issues.
     
  14. awsskater892

    awsskater892 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    yea, So any more suggestions? My freinds and I have been working on a movie for months that is on there, their gonna kill me when they find out.
     
  15. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    PM me if you need data recovery
    freezing then heating worked on older drives newer drives
    it's not a good idea
    the servo is not built the same
     
  16. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    I dont think its mechanical. It's probably a bios problem. do u no what bios version u have?
     
  17. awsskater892

    awsskater892 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    Idk what bios version i have, could you help me figure out. but I tried the harddrive on a differnt computer and it didnt work on that either
     
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