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post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by JacKz5o
i havn't tried this but ppl has done this before and it has worked.

wrap ur HD in a couple layers of plastic wrap. (or just enough so that ice and moisture wont get in)
put it in a freezer safe plastic bag
put in frig overnight for 8+ hours
take it out and run it

this WON'T be a permanent fix tho, might just last a couple hours, enough for ur friend to back up everything. Of course u can freeze it again but i havn't done it so im not really sure how good it will be after u freeze too many times. but if its already damaged then theres nothing worse u can do , unless ur planning on doing the controller replacement way that the other ppl are saying

I've done this before, it actually works.... I was going to post it, then I saw you beat me Jack .

Another way is dropping the dead HDD from about 12-15" onto a hard surface (wood table or similar) so it hits it on the flat side. I've never personally done this, but I have seen it work twice when other people have done it.

I would try the freezer method first though. It should buy you enough time to backup some or all of the data.
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post #12 of 23
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I've done this before, it actually works.... I was going to post it, then I saw you beat me Jack .

Another way is dropping the dead HDD from about 12-15" onto a hard surface (wood table or similar) so it hits it on the flat side. I've never personally done this, but I have seen it work twice when other people have done it.

I would try the freezer method first though. It should buy you enough time to backup some or all of the data.
heh, freeze, then drop from 12-15"..whats next? microwaving it?
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Originally Posted by JacKz5o
heh, freeze, then drop from 12-15"..whats next? microwaving it?

The last resort is ALWAYS the BFH!
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post #14 of 23
I once tried to repair a drive that was clicking by running it with the cover off - whenever the heads moved to the outer edge and got stuck, I gave them a gently nudge in the right direction with the tip of a pen.

Not surprisingly, it didn't work very well.
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post #15 of 23
is the drive recognised at ALL by the BIOS? or does it not spin up?

Try putting it in an external closure - that by passes the BIOS having to look for it. Windows may pick it up but i doubt youll have a lot of time before it dies completely
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post #16 of 23
If every DIY atempt fails, the tough (and expensive) way is for your freind to bring it to one of the recovery specialists as mentioned. If it's a hardware failiure in the moving parts, a good chance to rescue it is this. Get another disc of the axact samt kind. Have that company transplant the storageplates into the new(er) drive. The data is still on the plates. It's just a matter of getting to it! But it might be really expensive.

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post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your inputs,

We tried the Mr. Freeze approach and had no luck !
The Jester ... no the disk doesn't spin at all. But I did try it in my external enclosure anyway, and still nothing.

I think he's going to go see a specialist. He doesn't feel comfortable opening the drive by himself, the data has to much value for him.

Thanks again for all your help.
post #18 of 23
Just a question, but why would putting it in the freezer help it at all?
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post #19 of 23
I guess it's like ..... you know, CD's sound better if you freeze them, and paint the edge in a green color :-)
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post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by prostate05
Just a question, but why would putting it in the freezer help it at all?

Platters shrink a bit, increasing the clearance for the read/write heads.
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