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I modded my harddrive and put on a window. The first time I plugged it into my computer (homemade external usb enclosure) it wouldn't spin up (the window was touching the disk). So i took the top off, and I could read/browse files fine.

After that, I put a riser on so the window didn't touch the drive, but now I get the error in Device Manager "device could not start". What do you think was wrong? (While it was working i started to format it, but unplugged the drive while it was formatting... it didn't appear to be doing anything)

Sorry about that second pic there. I couldn't resist getting the camera's reflection in the picture

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hard drives busted - dust on the plate-thingys
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Could I clean that off with rubbing alcohol or something?
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post #4 of 9
thats why hard drives are hermetically sealed for a reason just buy the new raptors they have a clear top
post #5 of 9
but only a tiny bet, not the whole drive like that.
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post #6 of 9
I would not use alcohol or Q-tips--even compressed air might not be a good thing.

Unfortunately there is no good way to clean a hard dirve--you would need a "clean room" first--a dust-free environment. Although it is possible to open a hard drive for a brief period of time--eventually something is going to get in there and cause a R/W error such as you seem to be experiencing. The reading heads are so incedible close to he platter that even overly rough handling can damabe the platter if it comes into contact with the magnetic platter.

I accidentally pierced the metallic foil sealing the side of my brand new never been used Cheetah 15Krpm SCSI drive--I happened to have a AAA mettalic foil bumpersticker that I cut to shape and used as a repair--several years later it seems to be holding up fine.

Sorry for your prob with the moded HDD...
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You`re SOL
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post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by hvacgaspiping
You`re SOL
Indeed. Don't screw with things as complicated as a hard drive. Anyone else not surprised this didn't work?

The slightest bit of dust, oil from your hands, anything in there, and its F-ed. The thing is probably garbage now.
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post #9 of 9
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Thats why I used an old 4GB harddrive that was just sitting around.
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