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Salvageable Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Jeremy, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    OK. So my brother's laptop decided to commit suicide this week after he accidentally dropped it. His computer worked after it, but it got slower, he had issues, and what not. Finally it just stopped seeing the hard drive. My theory is its a connection within the computer, because after I had him remove and put it back, he attempted to start it up and the hard drive was clicking. I'm not a super huge hard ware person, but am I correct in thinking that there is a possibility that I (or someone better) can get the hard drive working in say another case so that his information may be accessed. I just spent the last 30 minutes talking with him about what his best option is for a new computer (we are Mac people, so it was limited). Found one, and he's already talking to our parents. However, losing all his school work, music (it is on his iPod, so salvageable), etc. isn't ideal. So basically, is a clicking hard drive salvageable?
  2. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    yes, its salvageable... as long as it gets power and spins, you can read data from it if you put a little work into it.
  3. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    www.ontrack.com can recover anything, but it depends on how damaged and at the same time how much you want to spend to get the data back.
  4. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Data Recovery From a Failed Hard Drive - Freezing Method:
    There is more info on the site so go read first but my husband and I have used this method to recover quicken files from a dead hard drive and it worked. But we knew what we were going after and we knew we couldn't get the entire hard drive.

  5. fattony69

    fattony69 Well-Known Member

    For this sort of thing, you can use a single cable to another computer will work. I payed Best Buy to do mine since I was lazy. Plus, I got a deal on a new external hard drive.
  6. Brett Peters

    Brett Peters Well-Known Member

    Go to your computer store and buy a 2.5" usb case, If the hard drive works then this is a very handy option.

    USB2.0  PocketSize Enclosure Kit  for  2.gif


    Disregard, I just read that the hard drive is clicking
  7. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    So, most likely a case should do the trick?

    This means...?
  8. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    Although, a clicking sound means the hard drive is spinning, so freezing wouldn't be a good idea?

    We are avoiding best buy. My brother's girlfriend did that when her mother board fried and they got about 1/4 of her data (important stuff) and charged outrageous amounts of money.
  9. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    He dropped the laptop, then had disk-related issues and didn't think to backup important files asap?

    Clicking means the drive is screwed, you can either risk the freezer trick or spend a fortune sending it to a recovery company.
  10. Brett Peters

    Brett Peters Well-Known Member

    I suggested that you buy a usb case for the hard drive so that you could retrieve the information from it through usb, Then I had realized that the hard drive was clicking so I edited my post as I doubt that my suggestion will correct the clicking.

    If you think it might be a connection issue and you have a spare $10-$20 then it might be worth a try

    Good luck
  11. Chris

    Chris Member

    That's also what I've done over the years with my old laptop hard-drives as well. I put them in a case and then retrieve the old info I need and then just use them for backups or storing music or whatever. :)

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  12. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I will be looking into that ASAP.
  13. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Clicking is not spinning, it means the hard drive is dead.
    The freezing thing could very well work.
    Recovery is in the $500 range otherwise.

    Ontrack won't help a clicking hard drive.

    With 2 gigs of dropbox.com free, no one should lose really valuable data anymore.
  14. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    A four letter word comes to mind. I haven't actually seen the computer (He lives 4 hours away), so I will look at it when he comes home.

    A little late now, but he isn't very tech savy.
  15. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Wrong !!!

    They will take it apart if you have the cash and get the data !!!


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  16. Steve F

    Steve F Well-Known Member

    I have tried the freezer trick before on a clicking drive with no luck except I got to see the Windows logo screen and then it froze and wouldn't do anything more. I froze the drive the last time for around 4 hrs. Wrapped in a towel and put it inside a ziplock baggy.

    I actually sent a estimate request to Ontrack and got a response that it would be minimum $695 and upwards to $1500.

    Thing is I am really pondering it as the drive was from my wife's pc that she had kept a timeline of our first baby from around 4 months pregnant to around 9months old. The drive just started clicking and would not boot, the drive wasn't but a couple months old. Windows Live One care seems to not have backed it up correctly or the backup is corrupted as I cannot even retrieve the backup.
  17. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    LOL, saving files to hard drive on old Windows machines seems to be a waste of time, I had one with 3 years of work on it, then I downloaded M$ anti-spyware beta and it then rendered the hard drive unreadable to Windows, but I could see the files running on Mepis Linux as dumb as that sounds.

    M$ antispyware beta rendered the file allocation tables unreadable to Windows, so you had better back up everything to an external hard drive now days, you can buy a 100 gig unit for 50 bucks on ebay.

    At that time about 5 years ago or longer I was not backing up anything, now I do, but I still have the old drive, in fact I have about 8 of them stacked up here.

    I am thinking about installing some data recovery software on a box when I have the money to see if I can pull the files myself.


    Got a few of the above units.
  18. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Right !!!
    I have a copy of their software for data recovery.
    It doesn't work with clicking hard drives.
    I wasn't referring to sending a hard drive in to their office.
  19. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Have you seen working drives that you could not pull files from ?
  20. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    I just bought an external 1 tb drive from CDW, western digital for 109.99, using it as my time machine drive for my Mac Book. Anything that's import, read I can live with out, I backup to jungledisk, it's not free, but their software is great and having the backup encrypted on the cloud makes me happy.


    Incidentally I also push my forum and wordpress backups up to jungledisk as well, makes a great offsite backup incase your host goes belly up.

    As for the laptop drive as others have said if it hits the clicking point that's really bad mojo, if stuff is critical on it, it's probably time to talk to the experts.

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