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hard drive locked?!?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by pakora115, Jan 21, 2004.

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  1. pakora115

    pakora115 Thread Starter

    Nov 3, 2003
    i have a dell inspiron 8100 laptop and my hard drive crashed (at least thats what they told me when i called dell) i was told that the hard drive was locked and that i might as well throw it away. is there anyway that i can get into this? i really need to get into my computer asap!!! thank you
  2. gotrootdude


    Feb 19, 2003
    You could try placing it in a zip lock bag, and putting the drive in a freezer for 1-2 hours, then hook it up and see if it'll work. It won't work for long if it does, so get what you need off it immediately.
  3. Rusty1952


    Mar 25, 2003
    Also, as a last resort u can try turning the drive up on its side edge surface and giv it a sharp wack against the work surface table. This may free the drive up so u can access it. Keep in mind this is to be used as a last resort tactic. I hav no direct experience with this----hav only heard of it befor. Good Luck and let us know how u make out if you try.
  4. koka_kola


    Jan 20, 2004
    If you have real critical info on the hard drive, u might want to look to a data recovery company

    I dont know of the frequency of your backups or what have you, but Im sure if you took your laptop in, and gave a good sob storry, u might get a good deal from them. Good luck with the direction you take, this has happened to me before, and I was able to recover for a nominal amount
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