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HDD failure...can I recover anything?

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Greetings all.
My uncle's HDD failed. It's making that ticking noise, it isn't being detected, and even then, the PC runs extremely slow when it's connected....
I'm guessing it's hopeless or is there a way to recover data?
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It is imperative that you do this now:
Take out the hard drive and move it to another computer.
Recover as much as you can from the hard drive if it shows up.
Continued usage of the drive will result in total lost of data if you don't do this. I know because I have worked on 4-5 laptops where the data was not user recoverable. If you already have lost your data and really need it, there are expensive recover services around that will recover you data. Did I mention it isn't cheap.
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No luck.
I don't think he's willing to go to that extent though.
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Assuming that there are NO other options, I might have a suggestion(A VERY RISKY suggestion, to the point where you shouldn't try this, risky)*, assuming you have another spare harddrive, put on some gloves, get in a clean environment(free of dust), and theoretically, you could take the disks out of the harddrive, and put it in the other harddrive, recover the data? Remember, don't try this unless you're desperate as I don't know if its been attempted, it was just an idea.


*not responsible for damage
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Assuming that there are NO other options, I might have a suggestion(A VERY RISKY suggestion, to the point where you shouldn't try this, risky)*, assuming you have another spare harddrive, put on some gloves, get in a clean environment(free of dust), and theoretically, you could take the disks out of the harddrive, and put it in the other harddrive, recover the data? Remember, don't try this unless you're desperate as I don't know if its been attempted, it was just an idea.


*not responsible for damage
That would probably kill his data. I gather the platters have to be lined up for it to know which sector is which. When you stick them back in you'll probably scatter all the data into small pieces.

Replacing the PCB is safe for a user to attempt, but you need a nearly identical drive/PCB to attempt it with.
     
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Wasn't there an old trick where putting the drive in the freezer for a while then hooking it back up could sometimes let you get onto it one last time for whatever reason? I could have sworn I read that somewhere before. Could be worth some google sleuthing before you pitch the drive.

Edit: Here's and article, from 2006, but may still be relevant:

http://geeksaresexy.blogspot.com/200...over-data.html
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I'm not going to that extent in opening it and stuff.
But I am willing to try that freezer trick.
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DON'T do the freezer trick!!!

I also heard/read about it (because I also had a HDD dead...) and I even contacted special data recovery shops (or clinics if you want...)

The strongly adviced to NOT do the freezer trick, NOR open it up because its a vacuum inside and opening it wil suck in air (and so dust)

They have special labs with special air-pressured rooms and dust free and blablabla, but it wil cost you about 500€/800$

So what I did:

First you can try to put the HDD in an enclosure (SATA or IDE) and via USB sometimes it detects it as an external HDD and so copy/paste it...

After that if you still lost files you can use FREE (and easy) tools to recover data. And they DO work, I know

I used:
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/ (good, works, but it renames the file-names on your disk... So if you have a lot of .mp3 songs they are called e.g. RecoverySong1.mp3 etc...)

My girlfriends cousin used:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva (good, works, keeps the original file name he said)

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post #9 of 11

The freezer trick.

Though I would go as far as to say, the drive is more or less screwed, if it still doesnt work via USB.
    
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I've read that some just put the HDD in the oven at 300F or so for a few hours... never tried it.
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