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I have a Seagate, SATA 120gb 7200.7 hard drive, Well after about 6yrs of 24/7 use it finnally crashed. Im 99% sure its a mechanical failure. My wife was on the PC. (hopefully not looking at porn.LOL) but it locked up, so she had to shut it down, to restart. then from that point on, it couldn't find C: Windows, System, config. etc.

I opened up the drive. everything is running fine. My PC wont reconize the drive. I just bought a new 260GB drive to replace it. but there are alot of inportant files on the last drive ide really sleep better at night knowing that i have them.

I just ordered a new drive, of the same model. hoping to chang out the circut board. and all will be well. (HOPEFULLY) but i check some other web sites that want as much as $1200.00 to repair it. if they have to put it in their clean room. ( which is probabbly their laundry room at home).

Ive tried the window repair, method. but it wont let me get that far.

Has anyone ever delt with this, or had anyone refurbish and recover lost files? Its not so much the programs. but i got the last 6years of my kids pics on this drive, that i cant replace.

 

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And i did try installing it as a secondary or slave drive. and it wont reconize it, in my bios. so that doesn't work.

 

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Not much you can do if it won't recognize it--------sounds like it just finally failed on ya........

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I had a similiar instance but it was 80gig slave that my wife stored all her digital photos she took of the kids and family. It had about 7 years worth of pictures on it. It got the CLICK OF DEATH and I couldnt get them backed up in time before it went. I tried all the little tricks, replacing the circuit board with one of the same, and then I put it in the freezer. But no luck. I checked into the online sites that can recover the data. I talked with several of them on the phone and they wanted anywhere from 800-1500 dollars depending on what they had to do to it. Needless to say those pics are still on that hard drive.

 

I wished I knew some one who did this kind of work.. Good Luck I fill your pain.

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Does the hard drive spin up? Meaning even though you can't access it can you feel it vibrating indicating that it is powered on? If so then it may be that the MBR (Master Boot Record) is corrupted. This would mean the data is still on your disk but it just doesn't know where to start to look. There is a shareware utility that can fix that.

 

Bottom line is that if the drive will spin up you have a chance.

 

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yes the drive does spin up. Where would i find this shareware to try and retrieve the info. It spins, and clicks like its trying to find something. but my bios shows Unknown device.

 

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The utility I used is called Testdisk. It can be found at http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk. You will need to add the bad drive as a second drive to a running computer. I seen that you tried that already but check in your bios to see if a second drive is enabled. In my computer when I initially connected the bad drive it would not recognize it until I set a switch in bios to say enable. I know it sounds odd that it wouldn't automatically be set to on but sometime this is the way it is with SATA drives, particularly on 4 or 5 year old Dells. Note: there is a diference between not detecting your drive and not finding anything on it. If in Windows disk manager it shows your drive but indicates its blank or needs formatting then the above utilitily has a good chance of helping you.

 

I just recovered a drive the other day using the above method. Here's wishing your luck

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Heres another issue im running into, I just bought a new 120gb drive, When i installed it, (wanting to use it as a slave) i started up XP and got the ballon that new hardware was found...... but when i go to my computer, or explore my computer, it doesn't show it. It only shows my C: D: (which is the 2 partitions on my main drive) and my cd rom, And my burner. I went to the help topics, and it did say something about having 4 or more drives, but i wasn't sure if it considered my burners and cd rom as a drive.

 

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You probably know this but make sure you look in Disk Management. You can find it by right clicking on 'My computer' and selecting manage. It is one of options in the windows that will open up. Your new harddrive should show up there. You need to create a partition on it and format it before you can see it as a drive through windows explorer or 'my computer'. Sorry again if I'm stating the obvious.

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I didn't know about the Disk manage, Thanks thats just what i needed to do.

 

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Thats great. You might want to plug in your failed drive now and see if it shows up as well. If it does you can hopefully use the utility I mentioned earlier to recover it. Let us know how you make out.

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Got talking about the hard drives, so I pulled the one off the shelf that had been setting for a couple years that had the click of death. It took me a few tries to get it recognized and had to tap on it a little to stop it from clicking (for those who might not of known the click of death is the motor that operates the reader back and forth across the drive starts getting weak so it pulls so far away and then the magnet that holds the reader off the drive pulls it back). So it pulls so far away then the magnet pulls it back, result it continually clicks. Sometimes you can freeze the drive and it will cause it to work temporarily until you can retrieve your data. And you can also tap on the drive so that the motor will release the reader to scan back and forth across the drive. And some times you are just screwed. This hard drive that I mention had about 4-6 years of my wifes digital pictures of the kids growing up. I didn't want to pay $$$ for some company to mess with it. Anyway I got it recognized and XP did a scan on the drive fixing all the bad clusters and low and behold I retrieved all my wifes pictures off it last night. And a lot of my music... Now I can chunk it. So my wife was ecstatic and you know what that means.. B) , sorry didn't mean to go there. Anyway thought I would share with you guys.

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I already tried to see the Bad drive, and it didn't work. As for mathews post, i opened the cover on my drive, theres a locking arm that locks the reader when the drive isn't running. and it seems like the lock arm didn't want to release, so just pushing the lock arm away, would allow the reader to go across the disks. but it still wouldn't pick anything up.

Is or was there a certain time on startup, when you had to be tapping on the drive? I thought about trying to disassembly my drive, and put the disks into the new drive i got. but i was told that the tolerances of the readers are so tight. that just a spec of dust would mess it up. I paid $50.00 for a new 120GB SATA. which it wouldn't really kill me if i lost it by trying this. Which im pretty sure that those mega buck companys do when they repair drives.

Something happened in my messing around. it usta see it in the bios, but couldn't find the windows/system/config......

 

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Boozer,

 

I have lost several drives over the past few years (mostly laptops), and as recently as June of this past year. In the past, I have used Zero Assumption Recovery to regain access and save some lost files. I used the trial version to get what I needed, but it will only do a few folders at a time. It is time consuming, but free. http://www.z-a-recovery.com/

 

I think I have another application as well, but it is on a PC at home. I will look into it. If all else fails, and you want to send the drive to me, I will see what I can retrieve. no charge, but you might have to be patient, as I do alot of travelling.

 

 

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