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It's a WD2500BEVT, in a Dell Inspiron 1525. Was OK, then would only run in safe mode, now won't boot into Windows. Ubuntu 10.10 Live CD won't mount the drive, exit error 13, Input/Output error, something to do with NTFS being corrupted. SMART data shows 69 bad sectors.

I reckon it needs replacing. Does it?
And is there any chance that by connecting it to the sigrig, I can salvage some data?
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Yeah, it sounds like it's in a bad way. I would recommend replacing it not only for fixing it, but if it's an old drive, there's newer tech today that will really get the speed up. Also, if you plug it into your sig rig you should be able to retrieve some data. Some data may not come off though, it'll be corrupted.
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No harm in trying to connect it to your sig rig to try and salvage something off of it - i've had experience if for some reason it wont mount the drive, try putting it in the freezer for 30 minutes and then try again, its worked for me before, long enough to get the data off of it and then destroy it

But to answer your question, YES it needs replaced
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Thanks.

It's just, I'm fixing it for a work colleague of my fathers, and I need to tell my dad how much it's going to cost, so he can pass this information onto the laptop owner.

It'll be another 250GB Scorpio Blue drive replacing it (got one in my dv6, never skipped a beat), it's easier that way.
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No harm in trying to connect it to your sig rig to try and salvage something off of it - i've had experience if for some reason it wont mount the drive, try putting it in the freezer for 30 minutes and then try again, its worked for me before, long enough to get the data off of it and then destroy it

But to answer your question, YES it needs replaced

Don't you think that would cause a "littel" TOO Much Condesation and fry the drive all together?

Not a good idea in my opinion...
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the freezer trick has been proven to work on a few HDs.

Doesnt hurt to try.
 
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post #7 of 18
If it fries the drive before being able to "recover some data" it DOES Hurt to try!?
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post #8 of 18
No, it does not hurt to try. The data is on a dead/non-op hard drive. It's not going anywhere.

freezing is only for the worst case scenario. If the drive isnt even mounting within Windows freezing may help.

and I've done it before. It's not like you're leaving it for days or until frost appears. Put it in for an hour or two, and try it.

in any case, you're not getting the data off of it by just doing nothing. You'll need to either freeze or send it in for several hundred dollars. Choice is up to you.
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post #9 of 18
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Seeing as the drive is DYING, not DEAD yet, and seeing as it is also NOT my HDD, I'm not freezing it.
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post #10 of 18
Yeah, freezing is only a last resort. It has wide reports of sucess though, so it shouldn't be discounted. I would recomend putting it in a ziplock back with as little air as possible if you have to go the freezing route. Also, if you have to freeze it to get data off be prepared for it to crap out on you once its working and heats up.
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