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The hope of a quick full image transfer before it's final death or...
he has access to a simular drive and can swap out the platters in a home brew as dust free as possible environment.
    
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Nice I had a 120gb One time and I had so Many files I mean there was 2 gigs free And IT started to click I couldnt get it back so I tryed that Freezer deal and it made it worse more clicking so I punched the side of it.
Then I had it working for maybe 30 mins but i saved some files Then I used a Strong formatting program And now it works again.
    
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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.

lol, and the drive you beat on still works? hmm then I could try that
about when it started ticking, I really started to notice it monday, when it had 1 or 2 periods when it started ticking.. luckily I have a 1 gig mp3 player so I'll empty it on my old pc's hdd and bash on the hdd untill it stops.. I know it's a good way to fix things.. when our fridge failed I kicked it and it started working again and then hopefully it works a little while so I can put some stuff on it.

by the way, did you do that while it was running as well?

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The hope of a quick full image transfer before it's final death or...
he has access to a simular drive and can swap out the platters in a home brew as dust free as possible environment.
can you take the platters out? hmm.. then, if all else fails I'll pay my uncle a visit.. he has a big room full with 4 pc's and a LOT of parts.. so hopefully he has some SATA disc laying around of the same type
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can you take the platters out? hmm.. then, if all else fails I'll pay my uncle a visit.. he has a big room full with 4 pc's and a LOT of parts.. so hopefully he has some SATA disc laying around of the same type
Yeah... that won't work. You would have better lucking throwing the platter on a turntable.
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post #15 of 22
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Well, I layed the drive on top of my cp when it was running and thumped on it quite many times. The only thing it would do was that the hdd led burned continuously instead of flickering all the time, furthermore still the same error
btw, the drive isn't ticking anymore, only the led is flickering


Luckily I found 2 backup dvd's I made about a year ago.. not like that's up to date or anything, but atleast it's something..

At least I've learned to buy an external hdd when I have the money and regulary make some backups.. and that computers are an expensive hobby

Still, if there's any way I could possibly get my data off that wretched thing, please let me know.

Thanks a lot!
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post #16 of 22
The freezer thing only works when the needle gets:

A) Stuck
B) Lined up crooked
C) Slanted.

Cold makes it contract to possibly line back up. It will almost always revert back to how it broke, which is why you only have a little bit to back up your stuff.

Out of 5 HDDs I did it on, only two worked.
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I'd get a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Perpendicular Recording Technology 250GB Hard Disk Drive. It's amazing, I'm getting one and running a single HDD and I hope to see an improvement from my Maxtor MaXLine III 300GB HDD.
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I'm only on a tight budget of approx. €120,- ..and I would really like a 320Gb becuause my 250 was getting pretty full already.

But well, I have 2 options: Or I buy the Barracuda on the net, and get it delivered prolly somewhere after christmas.. or I can go to a local store and buy a Western Digital Caviar SE16 (also 320Gb) for about the same price.

The specs seem about the same to me (correct me if I'm wrong), but wich one would be the most reliable? seeing that WD also makes the Raptors i'd guess the Caviar is pretty good..

Thanks again!
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post #19 of 22
I usually hold the drive square and then bang it on a flat surface. Its worked like twice for me so far. you have to make sure you hit like flat on though. And if your heads aren't moving, only way you can get data off is give it to a data recovery service and spend like 1400USD getting your data off. Get the barracuda though! Nice and silent along with the 5 year warranty.
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There are a few different ways to save data on dead harddrives, I guess it's all about how much you are willing to pay to get the data back.

Depending on how your harddrive died, one way is to switch the circuit board with a working identical harddrive. Of course, this is only to get the data off the harddrive, not to keep using it.

The other way is to take it to a data recover service, and they have the tools to take your platters out and read them with another machine. I imagine it's pretty pricey.

You should be doing regular backups of your vital data anyways. Harddrives are going to fail, that is a given. I suggest you use this oppertunity to setup a backup system.
What I do is have a DVD RW in one of my drives, and once a day it does a backup of certain folders & data. I just have it do incremential backups (just what changed from last backup) because it's faster, but takes longer to recover.
    
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