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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Smilin, Sep 14, 2003.

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  1. Smilin

    Smilin Thread Starter

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    I searched but didn't find anything on this.

    I have a 60 GB Maxtor HD. This HD took a dive on me about 2-3 weeks ago. What would happen is that the system would just take FOREVER to load when this drive was attached. When I removed it from my system, my system ran fine. I have client files and misc. files that I would like to get off of it. I did do one other thing..........

    I opened it. Some what out of curiosity, and somewhat because I am relatively mechanically inclined. Since opening it, the control arm just like bounces back and forth across the platters.

    I don't expect to ever use this drive again, but is there some way to get the files off it....inexpensively?
     
  2. greengeek

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    I'm pretty sure that you've killed it by opening it.
     
  3. Jedi_Master

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    Howdy Smilin...

    Well...I'm pretty much of the same opinion as greengeek...

    However you can always try the freezer trick, put the hard drive in a static bag, then put it in a ziploc bag, seal it, then put it in the freezer for about 4 hrs...

    After the 4hrs connect it to the pc and see if you can retrieve the files ( I know it sounds crazy but I've done it, and it works...)...
     
  4. raybro

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    Yup... Me too. The freezer trick does work (soemtimes). :D
     
  5. JohnWill

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    I think opening it was a huge mistake if you ever wanted data from the drive. The fact that the access arm bounces around freely, seems to indicate you've broken the return spring somehow. I seriously doubt you'll be getting any data off this drive. :)
     
  6. darkjedi

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    since you open the drive , touch the magnectic plates with a magnet ,that should destroy all the data if it hasn't been destoyed by opening it.
     
  7. Smilin

    Smilin Thread Starter

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    The control arm doesn't bounce around freely, it just bounces back and forth continuosly.

    I had already come to terms with not being able to get the data long ago, so it's not a huge loss. BUt someone please explain to me why the drive is ruined when you open it. What happens to cause the loss of data or functionality.
     
  8. zeddy

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    hard drives are put together in a controlled environment, any particles can damage the platters.
     
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