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Need help! Laptop hard drive failure!

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Hey guys!

I am pretty new to the "PC" world so I'm a little noobish at this. Anyway, here we go:

One of my laptops hard drives seems to not be working anymore, as when I boot it up, I get a message saying "No bootable disk found". Presumably, this is a hard drive failure. So, I decided to take the hard drive out of the computer and try to connect it to my desktop. So, I got a SATA extension cable and connected the HDD to my hot swap dock on my INWIN G7 case. Anyway, I assumed the hard drive was dead and it wouldn't show any signs of activity. Surprisingly, when I connect it, it makes a sort of "beeping" noise that lasts about 1 second each at 2-3 second intervals. So, it must mean the HDD is trying to spin, right?

Here is a pic of my setup:





So, when I connect it, it tries to spin up, but to no avail, I think.... Since it IS making some sort of noise, how do I check to see if my computer recognizes it? My computer shows nothing and only the inbuilt C Drive is shown. I tried rebooting computer with the HDD connected and it took a very long time to boot (presumably trying to boot from the connected drive) and then booted using the normal inbuilt drive.

IMPORTANT: When I rebooted computer, a driver notification popped up saying ATA 2 driver successfully installed. So does that mean that the HDD was recognized?

Thanks alot
post #2 of 5
Go to Disk Management, if the drive doesn't show up there then it's pretty much dead. You could try to extract data out from it or try to repair through DOS but there's not guarantee you'd be able to make it bootable again or fix the problem or get your data back. If it works properly you should be able to see the drive listed under My Computer.
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post #3 of 5
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Thanks for the help. I did go to device manager and It is not showing up. I figured out it was because the disk head was stuck on platter, so I opened it up and fixed it. (Yeah not a good idea).

Anyway, it spins now but still doesn't come up in device manager or my computer. I stuck is back into original laptop and it said to "replace hard drive".

I don't care so much about the drive as the data inside. How can I recover it?
post #4 of 5
You cannot recover the data on your own easily, but since you opened the drive you are less likely to successfully recover the data from a professional source as dust particles would probably be all over the platters already. Reputable data recovery businesses use ISO 14644-1 certified rooms with very little dust particles per a cubic feet to attempt to recover the data. I once dropped a Western Digital 300GB HDD and it got a lot of shock from the drop destroying some components inside. Wanting to recover the data inside the drive I sent it off to a HDD recovery place in Southern California and the tech told me to recover the data it would cost me $1,000. There is also no guarantee that all the data would be recovered. I had some cherished memories on that drive but there is no way I was going to pony up and pay $1,000 to retrieve that data back with no guarantee of successfully retrieving any of the data back.

Your chances of recovering the data have already dropped drastically by opening the drive. Take it as a lesson learned well and remember to back up all your important data that you don't want to lose. I was devastated when I lost my data but hey it was a good lesson I learned so now I back up all my most important data to other HDD's and on optical disc.
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post #5 of 5
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Thanks for the help.


I opened the drive to fix one error but it seems I created another. Any reason why when I opened the drive there were already dust fibers in surface of platter? Perhaps that could be a reason.


Regardless, the data is already backed up on 2 other computers as well as server storage with a private company. I was just thinking about getting some of the more recent data back. I called around and the price is in the hundreds of dollars to recover data which is not crucial to me. I guess I'll just have fun destroying a useless drive.


Thanks!
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