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Anyway to get data off a HDD that doesnt power on?

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My 2TB hard drive doesnt seem to power on anymore and I was wondering if there was a way to get the data off. I was using it in an external dock and it no longer seems to power on. There shouldnt be any problems with the platters or heads, so maybe theres a way to recover data?
post #2 of 13
what happends when you take it out of the dock and plug it into your computer?
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PC is under construction so i havent been able to try that, but when I plug it into my external dock, the power light on the dock shuts off. When I plug in a different drive to the dock, the drive spins right up.
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You can try replacing the PCB but I've heard it doesn't always work as firmwares need to match and stuff....
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post #5 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nocturin View Post

what happends when you take it out of the dock and plug it into your computer?

^ If it just wont power on at all, I know professionals with the equipment can still recover the data if the platters are still good, but it's going to cost a lot.
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Originally Posted by MGX1016 View Post

You can try replacing the PCB but I've heard it doesn't always work as firmwares need to match and stuff....

Any idea where to get a replacement? I have several hard drives but none have the exact same board as this one.
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Well, I RMAed it. They are going to send me a drive and have me return mine when I receive it. Hopefully, its exactly the same so I can attempt to recover the data from my old one before I send it back.
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I had a friend try that before with a WD Caviar Blue. He swapped the PCBs but it still wouldn't work.

If the data is important, you can try data recovery services. What they do is basically take the platters out of the drive and put them in an identical one.

Data recovery can be quite expensive though, a few hundred at least.
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Data recovery services in which they have to take your harddrive apart in a clean room can cost in the quadruple digits
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Quote:
Originally Posted by yanks8981 View Post

Well, I RMAed it. They are going to send me a drive and have me return mine when I receive it. Hopefully, its exactly the same so I can attempt to recover the data from my old one before I send it back.

You likely won't get the same drive back. If it was important data you shouldn't have RMA'd it. They usually have a disclaimer in the RMA that they're not responsible for your data and that you should take measures to get it before you send the drive.
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