WD 40GB EIDE Beeping

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toubib

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I took it out.

Suddenly WinXPsp2home gave blue screen and said no operating system together with simultaneous sudden onset of beeping noise from the drive itself (drive removed and connected externally). Noise attached here as .wma file zipped to conform with site rules.

I purchased an external dongle for the drive (2 wires, one is usb cable and other is power supply). The drive spins and the noise occurs with only the power cable connected alone.

I have installed a new HDD and reinstalled Windows. I wish to try to get some data off the drive if possible. Is there any advice you can give me? Does the noise tell you anything? What about the freezer trick?
 

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There are companies that do data recovery, you can Google for one as I can't recommend any off hand. This is where having a backup would have useful.

You could try the freezer trick, you could also give the drive a good solid tap on the side. One other option is that you could try to find the exact hard drive, and I mean it has to be 100% identical, and switch the circuit boards. But I think you'll find the problem is with the internal mechanics of the drive and professional recovery will be needed.

I've also split you off the other thread into your own.
 

toubib

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thanks!! What about buying a used one exactly the same and trying to put the disks in it ?? Further, did you listen to the sound ?? What's with that ?? It does NOT sound mechanical...to me (the first part of the file you hear the drive spin up sounding normal ...then the beeping begins!!) ?? Wadda u think ?
 

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You cannot open the drive, you can switch the circuit boards though. If you open the drive you've decrease the chance of recovery greatly, such an operation needs to be done in a clean room and its why data recovery can cost do much. The sound is the arm trying to move and failing.
 

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The drive has to 100% identical, you need to compare the model number and part numbers exactly, I'd also advise checking to see if the PCB looks the same and if they use the same chip. Drives can have the same model number but be a different revision number and have a completely different PCB layout.
 

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ok ...first to the freezer!! thanks! (hmmm...I just noticed your avitar ...the maple leaf ...like a trident, eh? ...not a sceptre though...)
 

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Do put the drive in a ziplock type bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible and let it sit in the freezer for a few hrs. Now install it and see if you can access the info and copy it.

FWIW it sounds like the click of death to me.
 
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