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Synt4xError

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Hello, I have attached two photos to try and show what the hard drive looks like.

My hard drive stopped being recognized by any computer whatsoever. The drive runs, but doesn't connect. There is very sensitive data on there I need.

Does anyone know what type of connection this hard drive has? I want to try and hook it up to a USB from the hard drive directly. I have IDE/SATA to USB connectors, but nothing that can connect this hard drive. If anyone can help me figure out the connection, I can go to Fry's and purchase any needed hard ware.


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Synt4x
 

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Hi, Synt4x

Sorry, but this does not look awfully optimistic.

The fact that it spins but isn't recognised by any computer would suggest that it is a physical fault - which I'm sure you're already aware of.

The parallel 6-pin (i.e. 12 in total) is an exclusive format of connector to be used by data retrieval specialists only. I am given to believe that WD will not or cannot provide any information regarding this connector. Below is a link which contains a thread with details pertinent, if not identical, to your situation:

http://forum.hddguru.com/wd5000bmvv-connector-t16203.html

This thread also explores swapping pcb circuitry, but this apparently incurs penalties regarding encryption.
 

Synt4xError

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JoyousMonkey, thanks for the reply.

So from my understanding, only a hard drive specialist can truly get the data back? If I did some how find a way to hook it up externally, the information would be encrypted?

There are no work arounds or anything else that can be done?

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Chances are that you will need to send it to a recovery center where it can be opened in a clean room to recover the data. They typically cost into the $1000's for a drive.

A backup drive would have cost less than $100.

A file that is not backed up is a file you should plan on losing.
 
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