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  1. geoffswann

    geoffswann Thread Starter

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    My hard drive does not show in bios although it is spinning up ok but there is a problem with the read write heads just clicking and not initalising.
    My question is this,,,, will SPINRITE 6, the hard drive recovery software, be able to help me even though my drive does not show in the bios...

    Thanks Geoff
     
  2. kitch69

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    If its not showing up in the bios I doubt that software will help but you don't get anywhere without trying. :cool:
     
  3. submrineguy

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    Are you tring to get it to work permantly or just long enough to get the data off? If you just want the data put it in a ziploc and freeze it. wrap it in a paper towel to kep condensate off and bring it up. I has worked in the past for me about half and half. It's not likely it will ever be a reliable hard drive again regardless of what you do.
     
  4. geoffswann

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    Thanks guys,

    I did try the freeze trick but still no go.
    I only need to be able to get the data off,, there must be a way :)
     
  5. Bryan

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    If you don't have any luck, I'm not sure how important the data is but if it's very important, there are local repair shops in most cities that specialize in recovering data.
     
  6. geoffswann

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    Thanks for all your help so far but I am still trying and I aint gonna give up without a fight. I just need to be pointed in the right direction I.E. is the most likely cause the controller board or the read write head. at the moment it seems to be 50/50 on answers.

    Thanks Geoff
     
  7. Triple6

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    Any "absolute" answer given to you would be only a guess.

    If you could get your hands on another hard rive that 100% identical you could swap circuit boards. If it stills does the same thing then it's the mechanics of the drive that are shot. If it does something else but still does work then its both, if it works then great you're done.

    As mentioned there are companies that specialize in data recovery, but they are not cheap, expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars to possibly over a thousand dollars.
     
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