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HDD Gone?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Nyxium, Jul 24, 2006.

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  1. Nyxium

    Nyxium Thread Starter

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    Ok, I have a 250mb WD Caviar HD. It's not a system drive and it's attached to an IDE card. It's about 4 years old.

    It's always worked fine, no unusual habits or noises. However when I woke up this morning to check my computer, it had frozen. Upon a reboot I noticed the drive wasn't showing up in windows (in explorer or the admin tools). So I rebooted and checked in BIOS, nothing there either. So I tried a different IDE cable, then a different power plug. Still, no dice.

    Then I noticed a noise when I was starting up. Putting my ear near the HD's I noticed the one in question makes a click noise, with a slight grind to it. It does that after it (seemingly) attempts to power up. No other noises after that. I've never had a HD fail before and I'm especially worried since I hadn't backed up things for a few months. Does this all mean it's probably dead?

    Thanks for the help~
     
  2. Rumpo-Stiltskin

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    Yep..... it's a stiff.

    You could try it attached directly to your motherboard if possible, as a final check.

    Last resorts:
    Try sticking the drive in your icebox for 45 minutes.
    Seal the drive in a poly/ziplock bag or two (suck all the air out of the bags to reduce humidity).
    Prepare to recover the data quickly when you return the drive to the machine.

    If that fails, i've managed to stimulate a few drives into one last waltz by giving them a sharp whack on the side (drive resting on it's side - three screw holes facing upward) with a screwdriver handle (on the read/write arm side).
    Controversial surely, but remember, we're talking absolute last ditch here...... ;)
     
  3. Nyxium

    Nyxium Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the advice Rumpo!

    I tried it directly to the Mobo but that didn't seem to work either.

    Unfortunately I don't have enough free space on my other drives to handle the whole load of the 250 in case I get it working in a last ditch effort. Are those things that need to be done right away or is it ok to wait a couple days until my new HD arrives?
     
  4. Rumpo-Stiltskin

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    No timescale........ Whenever you're ready.

    Good luck. :)
     
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