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WD600BB-00CAA1 Start/Stop Fails...Crashed Head Recovery Options?

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The problemo:
I have a WD600BB-00CAA1 that was used around 2002. It's not recognized by the BIOS, Windows Explorer, Disc Partition Manager, Recuva, OS Forensics, HxC, Disc Checkup, or Puran File Recovery. The sounds it makes is consistent with crashed or damaged heads; this site has several examples of the clicking of death (the last three in particular in paragraph 8: The drive spins up, and and the heads start clicking with a constant or intermittent sound while unsuccessfully trying to locate firmware zone: , , , ).
http://www.datacent.com/datarecovery/hdd/western_digital/WD600BB-00CAA1
I've known that it's been a crashed drive for over five years, and I was once able to get some of the data off of it, but maybe it's declined in performance to an even worse state.
EDIT: After the drive quieted down after boot, I ran Device Manager's scan again, and it recognized the drive. Recuva shows it as having a Start/Stop Count value of 1, Status FAIL. I should note that the drive took about seven minutes to be recognized. Recuva's short self test was stuck at 10% for more than fifteen minutes, so I ended the test. HxD could only pick it up as a physical drive, but could see the entire contents. Puran could only see it as a physical drive and is presently taking forever to complete its basic scan as I write this.

The data that is on it:
RCT saves that were first corrupted, then deleted, then written over; my profiles that show I got all the platinums in Battle for Naboo; saves from that one 3D Pac-man game; Lego Alpha Team saves (low priority). That's all I can think of.

Possible recovery options:
From rumors I've read on the Internet, sending it to a clean lab would cost around $700. The freezing trick is only for controller errors for vintage drives, and doesn't have to do with head banging. Smacking the drive had no noticeable effect, and neither did dropping it. The exact same drive costs about $18 on eBay (and an IDE to SATA adaptor costs about $3)--is the clean room just hype, and could I just yank the platters out of the drive with the bad drive and dump them in the new drive without thinking about alignment or anything?
Edited by joeybuddy96 - 8/31/13 at 2:37pm
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It just so happens that my hard drive here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.
HxD was able to find the entire data on the drive, so if there were a way to copy the data off of the drive, I could sort through it from there.
Thought I'd update on Puran File Recovery--I ran deep scan plus full scan, but it found nothing.
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take it apart and have fun trying to ever get the data back yourself.

If you want the data go send it in to a expert data recovery company.
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Which vendor, what is the exact operation the vendor will do, how much will it be, what's the turnaround time, etc.? From the OP:
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Possible recovery options:
From rumors I've read on the Internet, sending it to a clean lab would cost around $700.
I have the rough assumption angle well covered. I figure you might have actionable information with 17,588 posts worth of experience.
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Originally Posted by joeybuddy96 View Post

It just so happens that my hard drive here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.
HxD was able to find the entire data on the drive, so if there were a way to copy the data off of the drive, I could sort through it from there.
Thought I'd update on Puran File Recovery--I ran deep scan plus full scan, but it found nothing.

    Are you sure that you are actually viewing the correct (failing) drive with HxD?  And as you page through the data, it reads and doesn't lock up, and the data is not zeros?  Because I wrote a program that can mage drives and partitions.  My program (when you select a disk, not a partition) would be copying the same data that you're looking at in HxD (accessed from "\\.\PhysicalDisk1") to a file.  Now, I'm not sure how useful a disk image would be, because data recovery programs like Recuva expect a partition, not a raw disk.  But you would possibly have a nearly full copy of the HDD (minus bad sectors).  We can figure out the partition table later.

    You can download Disk Image Recovery here.  In its disk selection list, mounted partitions are displayed first.  Physical disks are listed after the last drive letter (you may have to scroll down to see all of them).  You will need enough disk space to store the saved disk image file, which (if successful) will be the size of the entire HDD or partition being imaged.  The program can resume imaging if you have to start it again for any reason (I've had HDDs give up and power down after reading too many bad sectors in a row; hence the "skip" buttons on the program).  Just select the same disk and same destination file and it will continue where it left off.  Do keep the HDD cool during imaging.  A small fan (keep AC fans at least a foot or two away, because of magnetic interference) should suffice.

    I strongly agree with Sean about taking the drive apart.  The heads alone are very fragile.  I don't think you (or I) would be able to swap the platters without seriously damaging the heads (the old and the new).
 
Edited by Techie007 - 8/1/16 at 12:21pm
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I moved to a SATA-only board in between the last post I made and this one, so I had to buy an IDE adapter before I could do any recovery steps. I went with this internal IDE-to-SATA adapter: http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=372
I'm pretty sure HxD was showing the failed drive's contents since I selected the third physical disk that wasn't displayed as a partition, but I'll probably run HxD again when the adapter arrives and look for zeroed sectors. I'm not trying to get this drive bootable like I was with the formatted drive, just trying to copy game save files off of it and maybe some documents that have probably already been backed up several times over. I think the program Techie007 wrote successfully recovered the partition table, so the trick is probably just getting the drive to stay powered on and recognized long enough to start the imaging utility (assuming the adapter does its job--I have other IDE devices to test it with first).

I'll leave the drive heads inside the casing where they belong.

I have another drive that has a two bad sectors that I'm trying to clone, but I'll leave that for another thread.
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I've tested the Syba 50016 with another device (a DVD drive), and confirmed that the adapter is functional. The bad drive will not show up even in the BIOS, let alone Device Manager, HxD, or Techie007's Disk Image Recovery. What now?
EDIT: Booted into a Win7 install with everything set to IDE instead, but the drive remains unrecognized. Still what now status.
Edited by joeybuddy96 - 9/28/13 at 5:30pm
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