Noisy Hard drive: Need to recover data

By techxone
Nov 27, 2004
  1. I have a IBM 60G-IDE hard drive that just died. It's
    making spinning noises. After rebooting the computer
    twice, the noise will not go away, and now the hard
    drive does not come up in the system BIOS.
    All the cables are fine.
    - I tried the HD in the freezer trick
    (1 hour) still nothing.
    - I did a swap of master/slave.
    - I tried it on different and other systems.
    - I've lightly tapped it a few times

    I was wondering is there anything else I can try?
    Does the freezer trick have to be longer, like
    8 hours as someone suggested, can that length of
    time in the freezer cause ANY or even MORE damage?

    How many times can a hard drive be put into a freeze?

    Does the freezer trick only work if the hard drive
    is still recognized in the BIOS?

    Can anyone help or suggest any other safe method
    for accessing or recovering my data? I'm not skilled
    with opening hard drives up / swapping parts so that's
    out to.

    I'd like to recover as much data as possible!
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Welcome to TechSpot

    Have you tried the IBM utilities in the Sticky at the top of this forum?

    Surf to and check out their utils. They also have a TuffTest-Lite for free to try. It creates a bootup-floppy which will then disect your system and its components.

    Do a search in this forum on IBM Deskstar (or rather Deathstar), to see what others have come up with.
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