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Can u repair damaged HD?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by STUPIDGIRL, Jun 23, 2007.

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  1. STUPIDGIRL

    STUPIDGIRL Thread Starter

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    I have a 40 GB HD that was removed from my sisters computer because it is damaged. Is there any way to repair damaged HD's?
    I tried to low level format and it says it can't. So before it just gets tossed I thought I'd see if there is anyway to repair it.

    ~susiejo
     
  2. briealeida

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    How was it damaged?
     
  3. IceCold

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    Well, If its just a general "damage" (software...etc.) it can be fixed with a program i need to find on my external to remember what it is.
     
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    Usually the drive manufacturer will have a utility on their website.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    If the manufacturer's diagnostic chokes on the drive, it's toast. :)
     
  6. STUPIDGIRL

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    Thanks for the info. I'll try to check out the manufacturer and go from there. The HD is a WD400 WD Caviar.
    Off to Google!
     
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    Thanks JohnWill for the links. I'll try them out when I get back from vacation (too much going on right now just trying to get ready).
    Guess I'll be back in about a week.
    Have fun Y'all!!! :cool:

    ~susiejo
     
  9. JohnWill

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    Enjoy the vacation, and don't anguish too much over your job waiting when you get back. :D
     
  10. STUPIDGIRL

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    OK. Is there any way to run some diagnostic programs on the damaged hard drive without installing it into a computer? Like connection it as an external hd? I have an external hard drive setup that I switch other hd in and out of, can I do it that way?

    If so I suppose I would hook it up then locate it under "my computer" and then run the diagnostics from there?

    Thanks!

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    What do you exactly mean by damaged?
     
  12. STUPIDGIRL

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    My sis's computer just when bezerk one day and wouldn't do anything. I tried a few things and couldn't get it to do anything. I installed a new hard drive in her computer and everything is fine. So I brought the old hd home to see if I could get anything from it but even when I used PCDoctor on it to do a low level it wouldn't do it. I finally gave up. I think it may be heat damage because she's not on the internet and she doesn't share floppys or cds.

    But I also just fixed a tp 600e laptop and the hd is showing bad sectors when I run scandisk. I wanted to know just some basics of fixing hard drives. Is there anyway to repair the bad sectors or just let scandisk mark them as bad and leave it at that?

    I see on ebay where people sell damaged hard drives for "parts or repair" so I just assumed that they are fixable somehow.

    Thanks for all the help.

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  13. JohnWill

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    If you have a drive that is developing bad sectors, place it in that round can next to your desk! Once that process starts, the drive will be unreliable at best, and is likely to develop more bad sectors or totally die. Drives are too cheap to fool around with broken ones.
     
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    A couple of quick questions. Is the drive recognised in the BIOS? Does it spin up when you apply power? Is it making any loud noises? Can you hear any ticking noises?
     
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    When the hd was in a computer it was recognized in the BIOS and it was running but I did not notice any loud or clicking noises. (If I fail to mention it is a WD400, western digital, 40 gb hd.)

    I know I could replace the laptop hard drive for about $40 but if the bad sectors could be fixed I just figured I'd fix it. But if you say it's a lost cause I'll just go for the replacement.

    I'm just alway curious to learn new things about computers and so I thought I'd just fool around with some old hd and see what I can do with them. I love computers and I have learned alot in the last year or so since I've been coming here and playing around with old computers. I hope someday to build my own!!!;)

    ~susiejo
     
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