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External Plug and Play Corrupt and won't load?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Freemorrison, Apr 15, 2010.

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  1. Freemorrison

    Freemorrison Thread Starter

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    Is there any way to recover the files?
    Some valuable pictures I would like to get back.
    It started hiccupping - then I bumped the Seagate 500GB with my foot and now it won't load - just hiccupps?
    What would CSI charge to open that shoddy piece of bleep up and recover those files form me?
    Bleeping Seagate! Didn't even last a year!
    I have a new "Lacie" TB external on the way - and would love to bring those pics and music back to there new home -
    any one know of any secrets - trying the freezer in the zip lock bag trick now.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    If it has been "knocked", it may be all over. They won't take much of an impact. The CSI guys will charge upwards of $1000 for a ballpark.

    Here's some hope, but it may be offered in vain:

    Free recovery applications:

    Dr. Freeware Boot CD (also has partition tool, drive cloner and imager)
    DiskDigger & NTFSWalker
    Pandora Recovery (Free for personal use)
    Smart Data Recovery
    Recover Files
    Roadkil's Undelete
    Recuva
    Restoration
    Free Undelete (NTFS only)
    Softperfect File Recovery
    ADRC Data Recovery Tools
    Undelete Plus
    Data Recovery
    PCI File Recovery
    DriveRescue
    Ultimate Data Recovery
    Disk Investigator

    Commercial:

    O&O Disk Recovery
    Paragon Mount Everything (Mounts any file system, CD/DVD burning, File Manager, Partitioner)
    GetDataBack (For FAT or NTFS)
    Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro
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    RecoverPlus Pro
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    [email protected] File Recovery
    Final Recovery
    Recover4All Professional
    Easeus Data Recovery Wizard
    NTFS Recovery
     
  3. Freemorrison

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    Sweet Fancy Moses what a great list - Thank you very much Elavndil - I ran several of them - the "Drive Rescue" would work great if I could just get it to load something - it just hiccups.
    Spin - hiccup - spin - hiccup - bout ready to get my tiny screwdriver set out and open her up and have a looky see?
     
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    OMG - This site has the answer - and describes exactly what happened when it fell 4 inches to the carpet.
    http://repair4harddisk.org/disassembly_hard_drive.html
    Thanks again Elvandil - I'm going to give those secret tips a go tomorrow with a fresh start - ( make take awhile - but I'll report back)
    There are several free recovery options open for me now and I'm in for a learning experience - you are greatly appreciated.
     
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    You're an optimistic individual. I can say that for you. None of the options are great at this point, but good luck. :D

    If you succeed, I've got a 500 GB you can work on when you run out of things to do. I kept it even though it is little more than a paperweight now. WD would not replace it because I took it out of its My Book case. And it's filled with my lost data. So, I know what this feels like, and I now keep external drives surrounded so that they can't fall anywhere, and rarely take one out of the house. They are supposed to be "mobile", but they are so easily killed that as a backup device, they are better off left in one place. :D Electronic drives should be able to take a harder blow.
     
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    LOL - that's true - especially for the Seagate models (as I've come to find out after doing some research)
    Tomorrow my new "Lacie" TB should arrive (they seem to have the highest reviews for the best price) - then I'm going to first try the "flipping it on it's underbelly and jump in the air - forcing gravity to release the arm that is stuck - causing the hiccup - skip sound" trick.
    As described in the the link you provided.
    If this works and it loads - I'll transfer the data to the new one - then make that shoddy Seagate a book shelf paperweight like your's.
    That link is brilliant - several people have even uploaded pics with there step by step suggestions.
    I don't know how you found it - ( I did a CSI hard target google search?) - but I am grateful - 'cause if the gravity trick does not work - there are several other steps that may include me getting the screwdriver and amp meter out.
    All is not lost yet - hang on to that paperweight Elvandil - LOL
     
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    Well you were right Elvandil - I tried every trick there is in the last week - that bleeping shoddy Seagate is now a paperweight - I know wait patiently for the CSI team to get back to me on my request for recovering my files. LOL
    My neighbor is quite techy and he's gonna give it a look see - hardwire it - and attempt recovery.
    If I have to I will buy a matching model and attempt recovery that way I will , they have all the instructions and picture guides for these steps in the link you provided.
    Although I was not successful here - you are greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for your help - onto the next crisis.
     
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    If you succeed at this, everyone here would be interested in all the details. Good luck. :D
     
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