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Hi guys i have an internal hardrive that smoke came out.Is it safe to test it so that i can attempt to recover the data?
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At the very least, I would put the drive outside of the machine. Maybe even use a USB adapter solution. If the data is really valuable to you, perhaps sent the drive away to a data recovery service. Whatever you decide to do, I certainly wouldn't put the drive back into my machine to test it. Externally attached is the riskiest I would get.
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Cool thanks external it is,its an ide drive so can i hook it up but just not put it into the case?
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by superdroid View Post

Cool thanks external it is,its an ide drive so can i hook it up but just not put it into the case?

You can proceed anyway you wish, that's up to you to decide. I'm just saying that I wouldn't put a fire risk back inside my computer. Which is why I said, "The riskiest I would get is connecting it externally." It's up to you if you want to risk connecting it at all. I have regular back ups, so I wouldn't need to ever connect it again if I was in your position. So, proceed at your own risk and good luck with it.
post #5 of 8
IF you want to try to recover it, I would also do it OUTSIDE your case, in case of a fire???

You might want to buy one of these (or similar)

Renkforce USB to sata/ide adapter

I've used it more than once to recover data from drives, but the drives all worked... (just old IDE in new sata motherboard stuff)


IF not want to do it, bring it to datarecovery center, but it cost a lot (like hundreds of dollars or so...)


Sure it's not just dust "burning" of tongue.gif
   
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What did it smell like, if there was any smell to this "smoke" at all? How old is this hard drive, and how long has it been in use? What manufacturer/model hard drive is it?


A little more information about the component in question would be helpful...
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i don't think you are getting any data off that drive.

send it to the pros.
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Thanks for the feedback guys im playing it safe.Screw this drive
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