Locked Hard Disk

Posted on 1998-04-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
Yesterday 4.3 GB HD on my Macintosh failed to spin up, so it looks like I've lost all the data on it.  When I restart the computer, HD produces three quet "clicks" inside, but then nothing happens.  Do you know if there are any way to spin it up, to rescue the data?  What kind of repair shop can do this?  How can I locate such a place?

Thank you.
Question by:chumakov
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billko earned 50 total points
ID: 1134569

Although, unless you *really* need this data, it's pretty expensive.


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ID: 1134570
Thanks.  This is what I feared.  Will take it as a lesson.


Expert Comment

ID: 1134571
Since the hard drive is probably useless, you can try taking it out and smacking it flatly on a table, with medium force.  Occasionally, a hard drive will fail because the heads stick to the platter.  Smacking it jars the heads loose, and you're guaranteed to lose data, but you may be able to spin it up one last time to get whatever you can out of the disk.


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ID: 1134572
Thanks again.  I tapped it gently, to no avail.  I will try to increase pressure on it, until it cracks.  I think you are right, it's most likely a hopeless situation.


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