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hardware, failing external drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by markeydsl, May 25, 2015.

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  1. markeydsl

    markeydsl Banned Thread Starter

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    Hello;

    this would not be the first time I took apart a hard drive to see what is in there, however the process was never as part of a recovery. How difficult would it be to take apart a drive and insert the disc into a new drive so that I can recover the information on the drive.
    I have already tried a software recovery, however the drive is just not working correctly. the files are there, I can see them, but cannot copy them off the drive.

    Thank you
     
  2. plodr

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    A hard drive should only be taken apart in a clean room, unless you are talking about removing a hard drive intact from an enclosure. Now that is different. Sometimes the connector on the enclosure goes bad but the encased hd is still okay.

    Have you tried a linux live cd or USB stick? It can move, copy and delete files that Windows refuses to work with.
     
  3. Frost_WD

    Frost_WD Western Digital Representative

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    Hi markeyds,


    I agree with plodr and would like to add that taking a drive apart (even removing a drive from an enclosure) void the warranty. Furthermore, exposing the platters of a HDD to dust and generally opening it is sure to bring on some serious damage and most likely you will not be able to recover any data off a drive that has been opened.
    The Linux Live CD/USB is a great idea. Other than that if the information is important you could consider data recovery company, as that is the safest way to recover your information.


    Best of luck,
    Frost_WD
     
  4. markeydsl

    markeydsl Banned Thread Starter

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    I have at this time spent about $200.00 on software that does not fix a physical problem. I have a small clean room, tools, gloves etc. as I work on computers all the time and constantly take them apart, repair, install drives, install new mother boards, etc. I have never worked on a hard drive as of yet, this is what I have figured out, I can deduce that the actuator arm is out of alignment, it reads the drive to a specific area and then starts clicking. so repairing the drive is the only option and I am not going to pay another $500.00 to have someone else do the work in a recovery service, which is what I have been quoted by several services.
    so now that we have covered this part of the scenario, can I place the platters in another drive of the same making, can I use any donor drive? etc. what additional precautions do I need to take that would be above and beyond what I already do?

    thank you
     
  5. storage_man

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    I really doubt it. My Son works in a clean room. (he doesn't work on hard drives - but he builds boards), or I should re-state, he monitors machines that replace chips etc on boards. If you have a machine that can extract and replace a platter, then go for it, if not, you will not be successful. The tolerances are just to close. I used to work for a drive MFG. One of their engineers told me that with modern day HD's, flying the heads above the platters are like flying a 747 3" above the ground. Any touch downs will toast the platter !

    But your mileage may Vary !
     
  6. markeydsl

    markeydsl Banned Thread Starter

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    Rude content removed.
     
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    Your question was "how difficult it would be". The answer you got was "very".
     
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    markeydsl Banned Thread Starter

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    markeydsl Banned Thread Starter

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    found someone on another site who was more than willing to explain the process in detail. removed the platters and put them into another drive. everything is working perfect. was able to recover all my data, now I can just dispose of the drive now that I have my information off of it.

    It is possible to recover your data in a failing drive if you take the nessasary precautions and are careful. You do not need to pay tons of money to recover your own drive data.
     
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    Instead of insulting members here why don't you enlighten us and tell us in detail how you managed to change out internal parts of a hard drive ???
     
  11. donetao

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    Hi! I find this all very interesting and fascinating. No one here claims to have all the answers.
    My question is this. Could you have recovered your data with a docking cable or maybe a Linux OS instead of taking the chance of losing your data by opening this drive to the elements of dust and other contaminants.
    Thank you!!
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    I've edited your post. Please do not confront other members on the boards but rather use the Report button so the Moderators can deal with this type of inappropriate behaviour.
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    The thread starter has been banned permanently for their rude/disrespectful behaviour therefore this thread is now closed.
     
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