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Hello OCN,

I'm trying to recover some data from my mother's old laptop, it died making some horrible sounds.

And she wants the photos she had on that drive so bad.

So far, i bought a ide 2.5mm to usb adaptor so that i could try to read of the that and copy it to my desktop.

Unfortunatly, the drive wont show up in my computer, neihter in disk management, it will show up in my devices and printers under USB STORAGE.

So, what should i do?

I've searched google and found out that some people would open their drives and try to spin the platter by touching the middle part to make it spin, since the drive could stuck somehow.

But i dont have the star-like screwdriver to open the drive, will buy one tomorrow, but until then tell me stuff to try.

Thank you
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I would leave actually opening the drive up as the very last resort. There are many options available to you at this point, but if you damage the actual platter...

I use a external HDD dock for just this purpose, but since your drive is not being recognized it sounds like the drive itself is what caused the death of the laptop.

I don't have much more to offer in the way of help, but didn't want you to open up the drive itself without giving some of the more knowledgeable folks here a chance to help you troubleshoot.

Good Luck,

Rich
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Does the hdd sound like its spinning? If it does, do you notice any clicking sounds?
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post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Lost Hawaiian View Post
I would leave actually opening the drive up as the very last resort. There are many options available to you at this point, but if you damage the actual platter...

I use a external HDD dock for just this purpose, but since your drive is not being recognized it sounds like the drive itself is what caused the death of the laptop.

I don't have much more to offer in the way of help, but didn't want you to open up the drive itself without giving some of the more knowledgeable folks here a chance to help you troubleshoot.

Good Luck,

Rich
Yep, i dont want to open it, because i know it will ruin the drive after.

But i tried all option i could think of, thats why i'm here, exhausted my options and looking for help before i ruin it.


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Does the hdd sound like its spinning? If it does, do you notice any clicking sounds?
Yes, it makes loud clicks when i plug it to the usb, and i can hear it spinning also, and it gets a little warm (something inside is consumming power).

It actually sounds like something is loose inside. If shake it just a little bit i can hear something moveing (i know its not supposed to be shaked, but it dont believe something should sound loose right?)

What should i do?

Send to technical assistance is not a option, since where i live, either they are crap or seriously over-priced.
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Yep, i dont want to open it, because i know it will ruin the drive after.

But i tried all option i could think of, thats why i'm here, exhausted my options and looking for help before i ruin it.




Yes, it makes loud clicks when i plug it to the usb, and i can hear it spinning also, and it gets a little warm (something inside is consumming power).

It actually sounds like something is loose inside. If shake it just a little bit i can hear something moveing (i know its not supposed to be shaked, but it dont believe something should sound loose right?)

What should i do?

Send to technical assistance is not a option, since where i live, either they are crap or seriously over-priced.
When it makes loud clicks that is a sign of HDD failure. I would not even consider opening the drive doing so would result in complete data loss. The best be is to just send the drive in to a recovery data center. They have the proper equipment and work space to get the job done right.
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Send to technical assistance is not a option, since where i live, either they are crap or seriously over-priced.
Oh well, thanks for the help guys, since they are dead, and I cant recover them, they are trash now.

Will open them as a last resort anyways.
post #7 of 12
First try putting the drive in the freezer for a while. Maybe 30-45 minutes. We do this to try and recover data at my job and it works about 1/3 of the time if the drives aren't completely done.
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First try putting the drive in the freezer for a while. Maybe 30-45 minutes. We do this to try and recover data at my job and it works about 1/3 of the time if the drives aren't completely done.
Cool!! (pun intended), will try this right now, thanks!

BTW, should the disk be in Master/slave or no jumper?

It was with no jumper in side laptop, but i put the jumper and tried both positions.

Either master or no jumper it will not show up in disk manager, with jumper on slave it will show up in diskmanager but as unknow and offline, not initialized, any thoughts?
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Well just trying the freezer stuff, and i didnt work, well the drive now stays more time trying to do stuff ( more time clicking like 1 minute, prior to freezer was about 10 secs) but thats about it. Doesnt show up in my computer.

Can i assume now the drive is really dead?
post #10 of 12
If you can get it to show up in Disk Management, that's a start. Especially if it shows the capacity and stuff.

You might be able to run a tool like Recuva or TestDisk or EaseUS Partition recovery on it. I don't know if any would work, but it's a possibility...

If the drive were damaged, that'd explain why it's uninitialized, and why you need to use data recovery tools on it.
     
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