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Old 01-13-09, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default Harddrive died, looking for advice to recover data, maybe transplant platters?

So I have a harddrive out of my parents computer.

It is clicking and has very little life left, wouldn't boot because system files were corrupted or somewhat (missing hal.dll). So I was going to put it in my computer to boot it up, download data off of it, and then use it for target practice.

I tried to boot it up, and it added a solid 10 minutes to the Vista loading screen with the green bars, then it goes to a black screen and doesn't go any further. I presume it's hanging when it's trying to read whats on the harddrive.

Data recovery is going to cost >$2500 which is absurd.

So, what are your suggestions? I'm researching maybe opening it and putting the platters in another harddrive and booting from that. yay or nay?
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Old 01-13-09, 07:23 PM   #2
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Default Re: Harddrive died, looking for advice to recover data, maybe transplant platters?

I've heard of people replacing the circuit board on the bottom of a bad hard drive with one from an identical model, but I don't know what kind of situations that works in and it has to be the same exact model.
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Old 01-13-09, 07:44 PM   #3
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Default Re: Harddrive died, looking for advice to recover data, maybe transplant platters?

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Data recovery is going to cost >$2500 which is absurd.
You're joking right???
way too over priced

With that money you could build a whole new system and it would be pretty decent
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Old 01-13-09, 07:57 PM   #4
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I used a program last time and was able to recover most of the files. Let me find it for you. Sit tight.
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Default Re: Harddrive died, looking for advice to recover data, maybe transplant platters?

thanks for the offer. I've got a program that can recover data, but it's beyond that. I can't boot up a computer with that harddrive plugged in. It screws up the startup of the OS and causes it to hang. So it's gonna have to be a physical hardware solution to the problem I believe at this point. unless i could hotswap it in when the OS is already up. but i don't know how to do that with just a sata drive.
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Old 01-13-09, 08:15 PM   #6
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Have a removable drive enclosure? If it's a newer one it is probably sata to USB. You can try that.

If it's clicking you're just about screwed. There is the "freezer trick" and also tapping the drive with a hammer. you can look up those methods and see if they work. Usually when it starts clicking means the motor itself is starting to cease up from old bearings. The Freezer trick and the tapping are supposed to help free the drive up long enough to recover data. I've never been successful with that method but it's a last resort.

Like CaptnKill said you can try replacing the logic board on the bottom, but I don't think that is related to the clicking issue. You can't open the drive up or it's for sure toast.

How important is the data? Are you just going to lose some pictures and documents? If it's something that's really important as much as it would suck to send it in to data recovery, it might be the only option at this point.
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Old 01-13-09, 08:25 PM   #7
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its finiancial data so it's fairly inportant. I'll try the freezer trick and hope that it works
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Old 01-13-09, 09:10 PM   #8
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Default Re: Harddrive died, looking for advice to recover data, maybe transplant platters?

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You're joking right???
way too over priced

With that money you could build a whole new system and it would be pretty decent
you never heard of professional recovery? some companies pay tenths of thousands of dollars to recover data.

sometimes few MB of data is worth a lot more then whole system
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its finiancial data so it's fairly inportant. I'll try the freezer trick and hope that it works
freezer trick worked for me once (out of 6 times i tried). it was laptop HDD.
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Try to mount the drive under any LinuX.

LinuX is more 'fault tolerant', and using brute force (trying to read the same sector several times), you may have luck.

I remember coding little C programs to read blocks of a file, retrying several times.

Hope this helps.
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I'm not sure, but would not any dust particles or small little stuff of any sort not be good for the platters at all? That's you talking about taking the platters out..
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