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If you feel very brave and don't mind losing warranty on two drives, get another drive of the same model, open the failed one, take the disks out and put them into the new one. This must be done in a very clean environment. I have saved people's ipod music collections this way. (and that was with tiny 1.8" HDDs, its easy with a 3.5")
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post #12 of 36
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Seems my NEW(est) 1TB HDD has failed, doesn't show up in bios, bad bad sign I had ALL my music and most of my movies + lots of other stuff(and a few backups too) and most important, my STEAM account with around 80 of my 100 games downloaded. I feel like I've been shot lol

Thing is, I really only bought the HDD for STEAM and only moved the STEAM folder over not even 2 weeks ago
I am very sorry to hear that. I hope you find a way to fix it or replace it. That is a lot of Steam games! I have an external HDD that I backed up my entire Steam folder in case something like that happened to me.

Good luck man!
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Try the cable. Does it make a clicking sound?

If that fails, pick up a new drive and stick the failed drive in a couple zip lock bags and in the freezer for an hour or 2. Remove, then try using the HDD. If it does work, transfer everything off the failed HDD to the new one asap!
Not sure but, I don't think the HDD is even powering up. I can't get it far enough away from the case to listen, an as you know, having your head almost inside an overclock.net users rig is pretty noisy lol. And the freezer trick been on my mind since it happened lol just need some bags.


To everyone else, yes I tried new cables, different ports etc an no luck, dunno what the hell happened to it either!

I know I can download my games again but, I only get 30GB a month and I had maybe like a 300/400GB steam folder haha.

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If you feel very brave and don't mind losing warranty on two drives, get another drive of the same model, open the failed one, take the disks out and put them into the new one. This must be done in a very clean environment. I have saved people's ipod music collections this way. (and that was with tiny 1.8" HDDs, its easy with a 3.5")
Interesting, if I can find a decent guide for this,. I would try it.
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If you feel very brave and don't mind losing warranty on two drives, get another drive of the same model, open the failed one, take the disks out and put them into the new one. This must be done in a very clean environment. I have saved people's ipod music collections this way. (and that was with tiny 1.8" HDDs, its easy with a 3.5")
Seriously I wouldn't try this. Data recovery labs (the folks who are paid big $$$ to break open hard drives and recover data) are extremely controlled environments...
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post #15 of 36
Put it in the Freezer with a T Shirt wrapped up good so no air gets into it for 24 hours then you got 1 shot at it, fire it up. See if you can see it in your Windows. Grab what you can, once your turn it off it's gone forever

See more info here
http://ezinearticles.com/?Hard-Drive...ick&id=3482304
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Try the cable. Does it make a clicking sound?

If that fails, pick up a new drive and stick the failed drive in a couple zip lock bags and in the freezer for an hour or 2. Remove, then try using the HDD. If it does work, transfer everything off the failed HDD to the new one asap!
This works?!
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Supposedly, never tried it myself, but have heard about it. I would say that is a Last Last resort though.
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Raid 1
yeah... I will be doing this asap but atm i have no $ for the second HHD
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freezing ur HHD is like baking a GPU.. it might work it might not but if ur RMAing why not give it a try.
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post #20 of 36
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Try the cable. Does it make a clicking sound?

If that fails, pick up a new drive and stick the failed drive in a couple zip lock bags and in the freezer for an hour or 2. Remove, then try using the HDD. If it does work, transfer everything off the failed HDD to the new one asap!
This is your best bet if all else fails, get a cooler with ice and stick the HDD in it. Try to keep it cold while attempting to take an image from it.
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