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My laptop HDD died last night... I have been taking summer classes at my university and have several weeks of notes/work on it and it was only on that laptop... Is there any way I can get data off of it myself or send it in or something? When I say dead I mean undetected in my laptop... At boot it says there is no OS and in bios it says there is no HDD.

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post #2 of 11
Try the freezer trick. Stick the HDD in a zip lock bag and stick it in the freezer overnight. When you take it out of the freezer, immediately plug it into the computer while it is still cold. For some reason which I can not explain, about half of the time the HDD will start working for about 15 minuites. That is enough time for most people to make copies of a few important files.

If it is just a problem with the PCB, you can replace the PCB (or swap the PCB from a identical drive). Unfortunately, most HDD failures are mechanical failures, and not electrical failures. If you have reason to believe the drive is fine mechanically, it would be worth a shot.

Now, on the Internets I have heard stories of people switching the platters to a identical drive with mixed results. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. Seems like a risky bad idea to me.
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have you tried reseating the drive? Can you hear it spin up?
 
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post #4 of 11
This happened to my sister's WD drive a few months back. Contacted WD to ask about data recovery. It's REALLY expensive. I didn't get the actual price but it was hundreds of dollars. She lost a lot of pictures she didn't backup but she couldn't justify paying that much for them.
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post #5 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ez12a View Post

have you tried reseating the drive? Can you hear it spin up?

I don't hear it spin up, the only noise I hear is a feint beeping which I believe is coming from the laptop itself. I will try the freezer trick described above and reseating it, hopefully it works.

I was wanting to get a new laptop anyways, but this is too much :|

These courses over the summer are several hours a day every day to fit into mini-semesters divided into this one semester of summer... So I have about 80 pages of notes and papers written over two courses and I really need this stuff back D:
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post #6 of 11
a free 2gb dropbox account will keep things safe in the future. What I did when i was at uni and never lost a thing. participate in their little events for free space and it grows even bigger. Right now i have 14.7GB of completely free and permanent dropbox space.

Unless you embed media files or store things other than just documents, you can pretty much store an entire school year's worth of data in the cloud for free.

Your uni may also have google apps for edu or microsoft skydrive.
Edited by ez12a - 5/30/13 at 8:59am
 
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post #7 of 11
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To be sure its not a laptop problem, can I like disassemble this 320GB WD Elements External Drive I have and throw the HDD from my laptop in it? These are just external enclosures with a laptop drive in them right? I ask because I don't own a straight up enclosure.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Squeets View Post

To be sure its not a laptop problem, can I like disassemble this 320GB WD Elements External Drive I have and throw the HDD from my laptop in it? These are just external enclosures with a laptop drive in them right? I ask because I don't own a straight up enclosure.

it should work. Some external hard drives have special PCBs on the hard drive that convert directly into USB. WD i think should be just like any traditional enclosure and 2.5" drive. See if you can find a disassembly guide of that particular model to see if it's true.
 
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post #9 of 11
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Well this is unfortunate... Both reseating it and freezing it didn't help.

And the beeping I mentioned earlier is actually coming from the HDD itself... It isn't clicking such as the case with mechanical failure, but an actual digital beep of some kind. Any ideas what that means?
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post #10 of 11
its probably not a digital beep but more like electronics just making noise under stress. one of the moving parts inside probably seized or something else is going on physically/electrically. Professional Data recovery will probably be needed.
 
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