View Full Version : Hard drive recovery question?

05-31-10, 04:19 PM
I was just wondering for learning purposes, if you have a hard drive crash and stop working, can you purchase an identical hard drive, same model and version and transfer the platters from the bad one to the good one to get the information out? Would it work?

05-31-10, 04:26 PM
It's normally something (data/boot sector) on the platters that cause the PC to no longer be able to boot from them or read them and present it as a drive. There are programs that will allow you hook up the drive and pull any data it can find but they are kind of $$$. If you have a physical break like an SATA connecter breaks I guess you could switch platters but I wouldn't imagine it wouldn’t be easy.

06-01-10, 01:31 PM
Hard drives can fail for many different reasons:
- connector
- electonics on the controler board
- software problem
- head/platter crash

Depending on the cause, moving the platters may or may not work. Remember though that to open and move the platter, you'd better be in a clean room, otherwise the smallest particle landing on your drive will cause a scratch on your platter and destroy some data...