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No, the swap procedure couldn't be easier. It's getting access to an ISO 10 clean room that's the hard part.
See you say that but a particles of dust may or may not... throw off the disk head so assuming a clean room isn't accessible and the data isn't worth $1000 it is well worth a try, just need a chassis that can use these platters without issue
     
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no you dont understand a drive head is slightly bent doesnt appear to be scratching but is causeing the drive to time out
/sigh I'm not gonna argue...Knock yourself out
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Well, my thoughts are that you may as well try, since the drive is dead anyway - you may very well manage to pull a little more info of the drive. That is if you don't have the money for a HDD recovery service.
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/sigh I'm not gonna argue...Knock yourself out
not quite sure how the "sigh" is necessary considering that statement was aimed towards the gents who recommended freezing the thing... merely stating that a bent head isn't going to be resolved from cooling
     
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not quite sure how the "sigh" is necessary considering that statement was aimed towards the gents who recommended freezing the thing... merely stating that a bent head isn't going to be resolved from cooling
Well this gent thinks if it's all you got then work with it. We all were just providing suggestions. The choice is yours whether you want to take it them not
    
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I've done quite a few platter swaps over the years without an actual clean room. I would run a humidifier on high for a couple of days to help keep the dust down and used a home made plexiglass case with fans blowing out. Even then I only have about a 1 in 5 success rate of recovering all of the data before the platter's surface becomes too scratched, and that was on much smaller drives (40GB drives and under) which held much less data than a 1TB drive would. 80GB drives and larger and the success rate goes WAY down the larger they get. On larger drives like that you have about a 1 in 50 chance if you are lucky. I won't even attempt it on drives over 40gigs any longer as the success rate is just to small. It simply takes too long to transfer all of the data from a drive that large to be able to keep the dust from damaging the platters unless there is only a few GB's of data on it.
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I've done quite a few platter swaps over the years without an actual clean room. I would run a humidifier on high for a couple of days to help keep the dust down and used a home made plexiglass case with fans blowing out. Even then I only have about a 1 in 5 success rate of recovering all of the data before the platter's surface becomes too scratched, and that was on much smaller drives (40GB drives and under) which held much less data than a 1TB drive would. 80GB drives and larger and the success rate goes WAY down the larger they get. On larger drives like that you have about a 1 in 50 chance if you are lucky. I won't even attempt it on drives over 40gigs any longer as the success rate is just to small. It simply takes too long to transfer all of the data from a drive that large to be able to keep the dust from damaging the platters unless there is only a few GB's of data on it.

nope nearly full 931 gb lol im sure its a lost cause, just comes down to if i wanna spend 130 and gamble or just start my media collection back from scratch
     
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The thing to remember is that even if you are able to get the data from the drive via a platter swap, the chances of being able to use the drive you swapped the platter to after you finish the swap is about 1 in a billion.
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post #19 of 31
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/sigh I'm not gonna argue...Knock yourself out
While I do agree that a platter swap without a clean room is a stupid idea that will almost always fail our shop has done it exactly one time successfully. It worked long enough to get the data off.

EDIT: If you end up having drive savers or ESS do it let me know, I can give you a code for 10% off.
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Well, my thoughts are that you may as well try, since the drive is dead anyway - you may very well manage to pull a little more info of the drive. That is if you don't have the money for a HDD recovery service.
This drive might be dead, but the most likely outcome is that he won't get any data back AND he will kill the $130 donor drive too. Net result - no data, lost time, lost money. Not a good outcome in my book...

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no you dont understand a drive head is slightly bent doesnt appear to be scratching but is causeing the drive to time out
If you have a) opened the drive already; b) run it since opening it; and c) it has a noticeably damaged head, the drive is toast. If one head is bent away from the platter you can be pretty sure it's opposite number is jammed nicely against the platter, and will have ripped it to shreds.
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