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I know this is a long shot but I was wondering if anyone could have any good suggestions on what to do.

I left my laptop to idle while I was using my desktop. A few hours later I decided that I was going to shut it down to go back home. When I tried to log back in it showed no users to log into so I hit cancel and then it froze. It turned itself off and I restarted it. It wouldnt post so I tried a few things but nothing worked. Eventually I just left it at the splash screen and it finally got past it saying it wanted boot media. I turned it off again and hit the button to go into the bios and waited 2 mins and the bios came up. Unfortunately the drive was no longer listed any only showed my Dvd drive and my second HDD. I took the drive out and tried hooking it into my desktop and again the BIOS wouldnt see the drive and failed to boot into windows even though it was booting windows from a different HDD.

I decided to see if it is spinning and it just doesnt seem to be spinning or if it is very slowly compared to the other drive from my laptop.

So does anyone have any good ideas on things that I could do to potentially fix the drive or am I just SOL? Unfortunately every time I was planning on making a back up I got side tracked and forgot. This has a majority of my data before I had my sig rig so I would really like to be able to recover the data if possible.

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It's not spinning? Could be a head crash... those are ugly.

I would try two things - although if your data is really important to you, you should consult a data recovery service before doing the second one.

You will require a second identically sized or larger drive to copy data onto. If you don't have one, go buy one.

1) Connect the drive to a desktop rig. Disconnect the drive's SATA cable, but connect the power cable. Set the BIOS to AHCI mode. Fire up a bootable linux DVD (System Rescue CD, for example) and get to the desktop, then hot-plug the SATA data cable. See if it BSOD's/panics/freezes, etc. - or if your drive shows up.

If it doesn't show up, move on to #2/#3

If it shows up, use GParted to copy the partition(s) directly from it to a spare drive. If you get I/O errors, look into the cmdline tool ddrescue. SystemRescueCD has networking and a web browser, so you can reference this post and/or search google for how ddrescue works.


2) The Freezer Trick - some people have successfully revived HDDs long enough to get important data off by freezing their drives. (tossing them into the freezer for 0.5 to 4 hours) Humidity is obviously a big problem with this trick. It seems to have about a 30% success rate.

If the head is only slightly stuck in the platter, freezing it can actually knock the head free... (due to expansion/shrinking)

Actually, giving your drive a good whack on the table can also knock the head free - but since drives have heads on both sides of a platter, you might knock one free and damage another. Don't do that.

If you're lucky and the drive starts spinning again, you'll have some unknown amount of time to copy your data off. Be ready. But this might also be detrimental to your drive if it doesn't work.


3) Consult a data recovery company. Easy recovery might only be a couple hundred dollars, while a full-on crash could be thousands. Get the numbers so that you can make an informed decision. Some companies offer free consults on drives.
     
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Would an adapter to plug it into USB suffice for number 1? If so it isnt showing up.
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It might, it might not. USB adapters are actually a lot more finicky... some drives that won't show up with them show up fine when connected directly to a SATA port.

I'd try hot-plugging directly to a desktop SATA controller before ruling it out completely.
     
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Alright I will try it when the ISO gets loaded. Can I leave it in Sata set up so I dont lose my RAID?
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Hmm? Flipping to AHCI mode temporarily won't mess up your RAID. (Unless you boot Windows in AHCI mode)
     
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Ahh well I just told my mobo to allow hot swap on that sata port. I booted up into linux and plugged it in and no go Looks like it is on to step 2 or 3.
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I'd put it aside and wait a few hours or even a day - see if anyone else has some advice to toss in.

In the meantime, you can google and read up on the freezer trick, to make sure you have a proper understanding of it if you decide to go through with it.
     
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Well I got it to spin up by replacing its plate with the other drive's plate in my laptop. Now I am trying to get it to work.


Edit: Well I gave up trying to get it to work. Obviously the drive is just a gonner. I guess its time to start over on the other drive. Joy.

But thanks for the help!
Edited by shadowedice - 8/12/11 at 9:55pm
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i7 2600k @ 4.5ghz Asus P8Z68 Deluxe 2x Evga GTX 295 8gb Corsair DDR3 1866 
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2x 1TB WD Caviar Black Raid 1 Windows 7 64 2x Asus VH238H Logitech g110 
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Silverstone St1000 Nzxt Phantom Razer Deathadder Razer Goliath 
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