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blah. I need a new hard drive then don't I. lol
post #22 of 29
If any dust gets in, HDD = Dead...Just buy a raptor X...
post #23 of 29
despite what others are saying ive seen it done by my mate with an old hdd and it works. however im not sure how long the drive lasted and what not though.
as people have said, dust , interference etc could easily wreck the drive, but you might get lucky and find it still works lol
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The Ziplock bag is brand new. I don't understand. Static?
Static may do it too, but its mainly because of microscopic scratches. The first thing they can do is damage the recording surface, simply making those sectors unusable. But thats not the least of your worries!

That drive you have is pretty old obviously - the head is parked (resting) on the platters. Modern hard drives use a little ramp on the outside. This helps increase the drive's lifespan.

Now, the spinning platter creates some airflow directly above and below it, causing the read/write head to glide above the disk surface, not actually touching it. The problem is that if there are even the tiniest of scratches or foreign particles in the area that the head is resting, it can cause it to bounce during spinup - repeatedly hitting and dragging itself on the hard drive's surface. The next time you power it on may be its last. Also, any scratches that are in the middle of the platter can cause turbulance in the airflow, which may prevent the head from gliding at the proper distance away from the surface.

You can try your luck anyway, but you'll probably end up with a TON of dead sectors. As in - the top of the platter probably won't be usable, but the bottom may still be. Be sure to run a surface scan when you boot it up.
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post #25 of 29
try it with the glad wrap like someone posted before. if you can do it without anything touching the platter you might have some luck. You main problem will be dust, if your lucky when you power it on it might get dislodged of the platters n such.
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here is what I would do:
Very similar to how photographic film is rolled when you do it manually. Create your own dust free zone. Maybe create a box that frame with some wire from the store and then some clear anti-static wrap. Im sure you can find that at a home improvement store. Then make 2 openings for your hands. Wash hands and disassemble the HDD from INSIDE the 'safe' container. It should help keep dust down.
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post #28 of 29
From my computer systems textbook

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The read/write header flies (literally) on a thin cushion of air over the disk surface at a height of about 0.1 microns and a speed of about 80km/h. This is analogous to placing the Sears Tower on its side and flying it around the world at a height of 2.5 cm (1 inch) above the ground, with each orbit taking only 8 seconds! At these tolerances, a tiny piece of dust on the surface is a huge boulder. If the head were to strike one of these boulders, the head would cease flying and crash into the surface (a so-called head crash).
From Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective
By Randal E Bryant and David R. O'Hallaron

If you think you can pull it off or don't care about the drive go for it - don't hold your breath though. 99% chance of killing the drive
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post #29 of 29
lol that is the best way I've ever heard it said.


Also, the less time the drive spends uncovered the less of a chance you screwed it up.

If you get two identical drives - one working and one broken. Mod the cover on the broken one then quickly install it on the working one, you actually have SOME chance of having done it successfully.
Edited by Manyak - 6/11/08 at 7:52am
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