Fired HD anything i can do?

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SSFF7826

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My HD is cooked, toast fried etc....its clicks wont read etc......ive tried a few things....i heard about something best buy sells that can hook right into the HD itself and take the data off it.....anyone ever hear of anything like that or any other ideas i can do to try to salvage anything.....thanks
 

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My HD is cooked, toast fried etc....its clicks wont read etc......ive tried a few things....i heard about something best buy sells that can hook right into the HD itself and take the data off it.....anyone ever hear of anything like that or any other ideas i can do to try to salvage anything.....thanks
 

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I merged this with your other threads. DO NOT make multiple threads for the same issue.
 

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sorry that was by accident.....wireless at the fire station stinks....didnt know it went through the first time....kept saying it timed out.....sorry about that
 

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To answer your question, you will need to take the drive to a data recovery shop. Have them give you an estimate as to the cost. It varies by both the amount of work and the area you are located. Where I live, data recovery starts @$125 for a simple software recovery and goes up from there. To disassemble the drive and read the platters, generally costs $400 and up.

Now you see why we stress backups so much. With an image backup of the drive, you simply install a new drive and restore the image. Done in less than 30min. With the price of hard drives so cheap, there is no excuse for the lack of a backup.
 

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so very true.......thanks for the heads up, just one more question....whats the best way to back up a HD when you say creating an image of the HD......im learning here very slowly
 

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There is a guide at the top of the hardware forum that goes into detail however I use and recommend either acronis true image or macrium reflect to make the image file. Store this on a second hard drive, an external drive, a NAS, a shared network drive, etc, etc.

FWIW if you want to just make an image, macrium has a free version available that works very well. For more detailed work, ie cloning drives, etc, then go with acronis.
 
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