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Been backing up software i've been writing to an external Hitachi Hard Drive for quite a while now, suddenly today it fails.

EV provides EventID 7 which means bad block on drive
Cannot perform chkdsk (don't even suggest it)
Cannot RIGHT-CLICK the drive under My Computer
Cannot even move to that drive under command prompt (in an attempt to chkdsk)

Since all of this fails, of course, any software I have tried fails at the preliminary steps of identifying or caching drive information before you can even perform any partition/data recovery.

This data is needed, and I am not fiscally prepared to shell out upwards of $500 to perform arbitrary (and should-be) public methods of data recovery.

What are my options?

EDIT:
Through further analysis of EV logs I noticed EventID 11 which means driver controller error... WTH?
Edited by londasgt - 4/3/13 at 2:03pm
post #2 of 9
RUB SOME BACON ON IT! Lol, just kidding. I would try putting it in the freezer, and then running it asap after taking it out. It shrinks the bad parts in cold, and it may run again.
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Hahah, i've heard of this, however, I am looking for more practical solutions: like replacing the controller with an identical one? would this do any good in my situation?
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Well, on second look, I may have to bite the dust on this one.

Thousands of lines down the drain. sadsmiley.gif

Cloud-coding, here I come.
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I'd try replacing the Logic Board, too.
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I thought it was just a backup drive? How could you loose stuff when a backup drive fails?

Anyway, replacing the logic board isn't as simple as a swap- the EEPROM chip that stores the hardware calibration must be swapped too.

A professional recovery expert can probably recover it for a buncha money.
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Oops. yeah. I'd try one of these companies.
http://www.300dollardatarecovery.com/
http://www.drivefish.com/
http://www.harddriverx.com/faq.htm
It doesn't seem too pricey.
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this is an external hard drive right? Why not take the hard drive out of the enclosure and either connect it with a working USB adapter or directly into your computer? lets not immediately assume the worst.
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Been backing up software i've been writing to an external Hitachi Hard Drive for quite a while now, suddenly today it fails.
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Originally Posted by londasgt View Post

Well, on second look, I may have to bite the dust on this one.

Thousands of lines down the drain. sadsmiley.gif

Cloud-coding, here I come.

If you've been backing it up, then there shouldn't be anything lost...
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