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    Hard Drive recovery (dropped my external HD and it won't work)

    Has anyone been in a situation like that? It doesn't make any weirs sounds but is not reorganized by my laptop any more. I tried freezing it but no results. Any recommendation on what to do? Anyone has expedience with data recovery companies and knows what they charge???

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    If its data you really need and don't have backed up, then a data recovery company is the only solution in most cases, and they charge a LOT of money.

    Sure you have any important data backed up though??

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    family pictures Other stuff is not that important.

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    I always reccomend to people, and i do this myself, have a copy on a removable hard drive, have a copy on a remote server, and a copy on several dvds, keep copys at home, and copys at a close relatives house.

    Also have hard copys like the photos on paper, like get them printed out.

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    If it is an external drive it is possible the drive is fine and only the electronics in the enclosure were damaged. You may want to consider buying a cheap replacement enclosure, move the drive and see if then works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trau View Post
    If it is an external drive it is possible the drive is fine and only the electronics in the enclosure were damaged. You may want to consider buying a cheap replacement enclosure, move the drive and see if then works.
    tried that already. going to plug it to my desktop tomorrow, if that doesn't work will start looking for recovery company.

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    mate..if you dropped it then most likey it's a circuit board connection or solder point that's broken and should be able to be fixed without paying a lot i.e going to a data recovery company.

    a circuit tester should find the break.

    trying the other case with the actual drive might work too.


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    I've had luck with using Linux when a drive isn't recognized by Windows.
    Who is General Fault, and why is he reading my disk?

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    In the past when I had something like this happen and I had an identical drive (not sure if this is the case, or that you would be willing to do this) I simply disassembled both drives and moved the platters from the damaged drive over to the good drive. Before doing this I copied everything I needed off of the good drive so that I didn't have to swap the platters back into it afterwards.

    Of course I did this because I had *very* important data on this drive. I now have redundant HD setups and even more manual redundancy (dvd backups, etc)
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    Could try something like SpinRite, but if drive isn't even being "seen" by windows that may not work. I've also heard of people freezing drives and that somehow helping - never tried it... But if it's a total loss and you're not going to send it to a recovery place, what do you have to lose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by awatson View Post
    Could try something like SpinRite, but if drive isn't even being "seen" by windows that may not work. I've also heard of people freezing drives and that somehow helping - never tried it... But if it's a total loss and you're not going to send it to a recovery place, what do you have to lose?
    Money, I'd imagine.
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    Data Recovery will open it up, you can do the same and see if there is a wire loose .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComplexDrive View Post
    Data Recovery will open it up, you can do the same and see if there is a wire loose .
    Data Recovery centers open drives in a multi-million dollar clean room, even the smallest speck of dirt will cause a head crash. The heads "float" at a height less than the thickness of a smoke particle.

    In all likelyhood the damage is to the circuit board on the bootom of the drive. This is easily removable and can be swapped with the board from another drive (same make and model of course).
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    I have had the simlar issue as you befor, luckily it was a backup drive so i did nothing about it, however i would reccomend freezing.


    put it in a sandwich bag then suck the air out, freeze it for a few hours, then try and run it, if it works get the data off quick, it lowers its life and in some cases if it gets to room temperature it will die again.

    Also can you hear it spinning up?
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