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I have a hard drive that fell on the floor and now is unusable. It makes strange noises when I had it hooked up so something failed mechanically. I'm attempting to open it up and repair it now and was just wondering if anyone knew of some good references to help me out.

I already got it open, now I need to figure out exactly how this drive works. My terminology isn't the greatest, but this looks to be a 4 disc (maybe called a "head"?) drive and the arms(?) that go between them seem to be misaligned. When the arm tries to move over the head it hits it and remains in contact with it while the drive spins. This is definitely what the strange noise is that I heard earlier. The arms even wiggle a little bit so I might need to just tighten that assembly up a bit. Referencing material to do so would be great. Or if anyone has any experience with this I would greatly appreciate any tips or info.
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you are aware OPEN UNFILTERED AIR will kill it right? And if you touch the those arms or head will scratch the HDD platters. The tolerances are so tight a single particle of cigarette smoke with ruin the head.
Edited by cdoublejj - 12/17/10 at 4:30pm
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post #3 of 31
You've already killed the drive.

Unless you've got a good chunk of change to put into a clean room, there's no realistic chance of repair.
post #4 of 31
Fail.
You have opened the drive and exposed it to the environment.
Slightest speck of dust... or mote of Klinker = dead drive due to head-crash.
It is dead.
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Good luck.
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you are aware AIR will kill it right? And if you touch the those arms or head will scratch the HDD platters. The tolerances are so tight a single particle of cigarette smoke with ruin the head.
No.
HDD's are not hermetically sealed. Air will not kill a drive; however, the cr@p in the air WILL kill a drive
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Excuse me OPEN AIR will kill the drive.
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post #8 of 31
As already stated, drive is dead.
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post #9 of 31
You will never be able to physically repair a damaged HDD.

Just toss it or RMA if still in warranty period.
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post #10 of 31
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I understand the dangers of dirt in the air to kill a drive. However I have found reports that this has been done outside of a clean room by others. The seal all the way around the metal casing was a big clue to that so I did a little research first. Aside from that. The drive was dead anyway. I had nothing to lose. And if I can possibly fix whatever is misaligned, and get it working, hey great. If it's gone forever then nothing has changed from 30 mins ago.
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