Ohhh poo, HARD DRIVE went poo

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My mom super messed up her comp, which stores TONS of important information, most of which is not backup up(yes i learned my lesson now).  Anyway, when we start up her comp it freezes, either at the bios screen or the next screen, and i cant even ever get into the bios, the comp always freezes.  We took out the hard drive, and put it into a diff comp, and set it to a 2ndary hard drive using the jumpers, but the hard drive cant be found, we need to recover data off of it, if there is anyway i can the hard drive, what programs do i need to recover/ move all these files onto my comp.
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If you can't get to the drive with an operating system, no data recovery software will help.

If you're sure it was set properly to slave, connected properly to the HDcable and power and the master on that channel works, I'd say the drive is knackered.

You'll either have to get a PCBoard from an identical drive to try to access the data or put the platters in a working drive, somthing a professional data recovery shop would do.
 
Does it spin up? any activity on the LED?

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ohhh poo, what does it mean when u put a hard drive into a nother computer and it freezes the computer during boot, its doing that for every computer i put it in
during the boot, the BIOS tried to auto-detect the geometry and other settings of devices connected, and apparently this drive is telling it something it doesn't like.

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how i fix ?
Fix the drive?
You'll either have to get a PCBoard from an identical drive to try to access the data or put the platters in a working drive, somthing a professional data recovery shop would do. Figure $10 a megabyte on the high side.

If the drive is under warranty the manufacturer or systems manufacturer will replace it but they won't recover your data.

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10 bucks a megabyte, so if i have like 5 gb i need from that comp, and thats 5000 mb, times 10 dollars per, thats 50 grand , jesus
on the high side :)

what kind of hard drive is it?

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no idea, im guessing a piece of crap one
If you can find the same drive, you can swap the pc-board yourself and maybe save a few $'s

btw: ALL hard drives fail eventually

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plc elaborate on pc-board?, yay i got 5 more points, time to increase to 150

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what is the pc-board and how much are those
the printed circuit board on the bottom of the drive

the easiest way to get one is to find an identical (working) drive

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damn ok, welll ill see what i can do, if i have anymore questions, ill email you, u win the pts, thanks

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