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post #1 of 18
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sooo.. i took my parents comp into ncix and the guy said my HD is fried (the control arm doesnt work) and that he cant recover any data.

he said i could take it to one of their thrid party specialists to see if thay can recover the info but that it is an upfront fee up $500 and they can't gaurentee anything..

arg... any way i can recover some of the data or am i screwed? they just need their favorites and a few files in my docs.

thanks guys!
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If it is truly a mechanical failure, I dont see any way of recovering the files. I have heard of tossing it in a ziplock back and freezing it overnight, but cant vouch for the success rate of such actions.
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post #3 of 18
Put the hard drive in the freezer for a few hours. once you take it out right away try to recover the data this works well sometimes.
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post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by TheLastPriest View Post
If it is truly a mechanical failure, I dont see any way of recovering the files. I have heard of tossing it in a ziplock back and freezing it overnight, but cant vouch for the success rate of such actions.
Ive don't this at least 50 times for people usually you can get about 15minutes of run time out of it that way
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post #5 of 18
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they just need their favorites and a few files in my docs.
I don't mean to be negative, but at least thats not the end of the world.

You can try the freezer, but i doubt its going to do anything. Might be out of luck.


Might be time to get the parents an external drive and set up an automated daily backup.
    
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Ive don't this at least 50 times for people usually you can get about 15minutes of run time out of it that way
It normally works for less than 20 minutes.
Give it a shot and it might work. If it does keep freezing it until you get everything you need or it breaks completely.
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post #7 of 18
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the guy said the control arm doesn't work.. wondering how freezing it would solve that.. but i am def gonna try it :]
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post #8 of 18
For sure freeze it. That may work. Freezing causes the metal components in the drives to contract or shrink up, so if the arm is loose or something is worn out, freezing the drive will tighten things up long enough to get your pr0n files recoverd It doesnt always work, but I have done it several times and have saved many a file this way. besides, whats the worst that can happen, that thing is toast anyway!
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post #9 of 18
If you're feeing really adventurous, you can try repairing the drive itself, but keep in mind that even the "repaired" hard drive will be sufficiently repaired only to allow for data recovery before the drive has to be trashed. And if you screw it up, you'll never see your data again. My Hard Drive Died has lots of interesting videos on how to do this.

In any event, if the data isn't even worth $500, then they'd be best to just restore from their backups and go on with life.
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post #10 of 18
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ok so i just put it i a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer...

so tomorrow, do i just pull it out and put it in the computer right away?

do i need to wait or anything?

anything i need to know?
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