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DEAD Hard Drive - Can't see it, does not boot.

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I have an IBM Travelstar HD that is DEAD. The laptop will not boot because it says no hard drive is found. I have tried to slave it to my tech computer but it does not detect the hard drive either. I used Ontrack Easy Recovery Pro and IT does not see it. Any ideas on how to get the data off of the hard drive short of sending it to a recovery data lab?
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you may be in the valley of the doomed.. but... here is a link to Hitachi downloads for the travelstar drive... the ontrack may be able to help you

bill

http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm

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Some folks have had luck with lightly tapping the drive with the blunt end of a screwdriver while the disk was powering up. It worked for me once. Some say dropping the disk from about two to three feet from the floor works.

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I believe I am in the valley of the lost on this one and I have tried all of the above and s few others as well. In any case the client/friend will not want to pay what it costs to get the data by way of a recovery lab..... I will wait a couple of days and see if any idea come along I have not tried. Thanks for the advice to this point!

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there are company that take apart hard drives to read the data, you could check with http://www.recallusa.com/

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We are an affiliate of Ontrack recovery Systems, but my client would not pay the costs assocaited with that type of recovery as it is expensive. Looks like this is a dead issue as well. Thanks to all for the help.
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