Hard Drive Failure

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blufish

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My second computer would not reboot. After trying several things, I decided to take our the hard drive so that I can transfer the files (including digital photos of my granddaughter) to me main computer. I used a hard drive enclosures with the USB connection to connect to my computer. The failed hard drive just clicked and clicked and my computer would never see it. I tried another older hard drive in the hard drive enclosure and my computer easily found it.
Question: I would like to recover my files, especially the photos. This is a 2-3 year old Maxtor 120G hard drive. What options do I have? Any suggestion is appreciated.

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Limited options. You can try putting the drive in a plastic bag and freezing it. Then try to recover files before it warms. That seems to work for some.

But a commercial recovery service looks like it may be needed--probably $100's - $1000's. Hard drives are a very unreliable place to store data.

If you are really handy, you could try to find an identical drive:

http://www.overclockers.com/tips1035/
http://free-backup.info/do-it-yourself-diagnostic-tips-for-hard-drive-recovery.html
http://repair4harddisk.org/disassembly_hard_drive.html
 
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The freezer works about 50% of the time but leave it in at least 4 hours then take it out and hook it right up and if you see it, copy away as you have about 1/2 hour.
 
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