Bringing a drive back from the dead...

Posted on 2006-05-18
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
Have a drive that I'm connecting to a system via a USB -> IDE cable.  The system doesn't see the drive.  I'm sure the drive is dead.  Is there a way to test/recover the drive in spite of a system not seeing it??

Question by:CraigSNYC
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    can you plug the drive into a system as a slave disk? is it readable then? If not the drive is probably dead. of course all data is recoverable for a price. contract a local data recovery centre if you cant read the drive. they will probably give you a quote in the region of £500-1500.

    Another unproven theory is to put the drive in the freezer get it real cold and then try booting it up. Normally you can get a couple mins use before it crashes. However thats the unoffical way 0;-)
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    Oh, it's a proven method. It's definitely worth a try to put the drive in a freezer.

    I've had it work for me several times already.
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    If it is an eletrical issue and you have another identical drive, you can swap the controller board.  This has saved me a few times.
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    Wow, put the drive into the freezer. It is very weird method. I will try when I have a chance but I don't expect that.
    Thanks you for a helpful method.
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    by:ECNSSMT    or     voodoo.  

    I assume that you want to recover the data.

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    We recovered about 5 hard drives last year by putting them in the freezer.  It does not always work . . . probably about a third of the time.

    Good luck.

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    by:CraigSNYC in the freezer.  I've heard of that.  I'll let y'all know how it goes.

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    If the drive is not spinning (you can tell by holding it in your hand) you can sometimes get it going by tapping it sharply with something like a screwdriver handle.

    Disclaimer: if the files on the drives are really quite important then contact a data recovery company, rather than trying to fix it yourself.
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    here another way it can work :      

    Author Comment

    None of the answers fixed the problem.  I'll take care of closing the question myself.


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