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Smilin

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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?
 
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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...)...
 

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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. :)
 
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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.
 

Smilin

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