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post #1 of 22
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Hey all,

Apparently my harddisc just gave up the will to live. It was making ticking sounds sometimes since yesterday, but today it seems to have died
It just stopped responding and when I rebooted a blue screen appeared, saying 'UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME' on top.
it told me that it couldn't load windows and shutted down to prevent harm. (it wasn't a BSOD, those have a different color blue)

So, my main concerns are to find a way to get my data off it, and the second to buy a new, good hard drive that will last me a little longer than 1 1/2 year...

Please help me, I really need my data back..
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post #2 of 22
apparently puttin it in a zip close bag in the freezer for 30 mins will make it work again for a small amount of time to enable you to back up files
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post #3 of 22
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Ok, I can allways try that, thanks

Furthermore, is the Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA-II a good drive? I can get it for €100,- including shipping.

Oh, and would that program Acronis do me some good? I heard something about it, that it can recover data from hdd's even from water/fire/whatever damage, but how does it exactly works?

Thanks a lot!
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post #4 of 22
yeah man - i've had that drive for almost 6 months now. no issues with it at all, super fast (SATA II -> w00t). All 7200.10s tend to run a little warm, so slap a cooler on that bad boy and you'll be good to go.
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post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by Radeon915 View Post
Ok, I can allways try that, thanks

Furthermore, is the Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA-II a good drive? I can get it for €100,- including shipping.

Oh, and would that program Acronis do me some good? I heard something about it, that it can recover data from hdd's even from water/fire/whatever damage, but how does it exactly works?

Thanks a lot!
Those are some pretty darn fast drives...
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post #6 of 22
If you can buy another drive switch out the mainboard to see if you can get it working again
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post #7 of 22
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yeah man - i've had that drive for almost 6 months now. no issues with it at all, super fast (SATA II -> w00t). All 7200.10s tend to run a little warm, so slap a cooler on that bad boy and you'll be good to go.
Nice!
There is a case fan just in front of my current one (aka the place where the new one will be) so I hope that's enough for it. my current one never got over 30C

Quote:
If you can buy another drive switch out the mainboard to see if you can get it working again
what do you mean by switch out the mobo? hook the hdd up to another mobo and check if it works? or do you simply mean hooking the hdd up as a secondairy hdd on the same system? that would seem alot more logical

And can somebody explain to me how Acronis works?(or Norton Ghost, but I heard Acronis seems to do a better job) I would like to know if it's possible to save my data, and how it works

Thanks!
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post #8 of 22
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isn't there anyone who knows how to save my data?
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post #9 of 22
Well i read up on this a year or so ago. The freezer thing seemed like a good idea however most forums ive read on, the technique appears to be a dud. You could try acronis, however ive never heard of it. And wouldnt such a programme cost money?

As far as im aware, if its broke its broke. Not sure there is anythign you can really do to recover the information.
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post #10 of 22
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isn't there anyone who knows how to save my data?
I just had that happed on one of the Folding rigs. I Thumped on it! Yep I beat on the drive with my knuckles until it stopped clicking--works now.

I swear it's the truth!

Now how long? Prolly not long.

I have also had some results by unplugging a failing drive while it's running--(XP hates this) and plugging it back in and yanking the power cord off the PSU to make a cold shutdown and restarting. (Slap that rig around!)
This is a last resort on a dying rig though...

The 7200.10 is a great choice.

Cooling is desirable but not mandatory for HDDs. I have made mine loast through all sorts of rigors.

But when they are really dead there is no easy way to get them back.

If you are lucky enough to get it going briefly BACKUP immediately onto CD/DVD/USB whatever.\\


Norton Ghost and utilities like that will not rcover data fom a dead drive--only allow you to manipulate a live on without XP interfering and slowing things down.
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