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Recovering Data from not initialized disk

Hi All,

I have a seagate 500Gb hard drive that has stopped working (Drive 1). I cannot detect the drive in BIOS, windows etc. I have a spare 500Gb HDD (drive 2) with the same PCB so I swapped the PCB hoping this would help me recover data from the dead drive. When I swapped the boards I could see drive 1 in windows but in the Disk management section it tells me the disk is not initialized. When i attempt to initialize it gives me an I/O error. I have used WinPE with data recovery plugins to attempt to read the drive - I can see the drive but all data recovery software seems to tell me that the drive is not ready.

I really need to recover data so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Nick.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
An inexpensive solution for a drive in this shape will be a gamble. What I have used successfully where the drive would spin but not be recognized is Spin Rite (grc.com). It pretty much does what it says on the can (indeed highly rare these days), but still no guarantee. ... Thinkpads_User
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ITTRAuthor Commented:
Hi Thinkpads_User

I have just tried that as you said but unfortunately spin rite does not detect the drive. I have not used spin rite a lot so maybe I am missing something? Do I need to adjust any settings within spin rite?

Thanks again for your help.

Nick.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Not in my experience. If Spin Rite cannot natively see it then the drive is probably not salvageable.
... Thinkpads_User
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ITTRAuthor Commented:
Bugger....
OK, is there any thing else you can think of that I can try? Even if it destroys the disk? I guess that isn't much of an issue now as all hope seems to be lost.

Thanks for your help.

Nick
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I don't know of anything else at this point short of a salvage room (clean room). Results are usually assured, but the service is very expensive. ... Thinkpads_User
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akahanCommented:
Depending on how much the data on the drive is worth, you could try sending it to Gillware:

http://www.gillware.com

They'll charge you a lot (though less than others who perform similar services), but if your data can be recovered, they'll recover it one way or another.
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nobusCommented:
>>   I have a spare 500Gb HDD (drive 2) with the same PCB so I swapped the PCB hoping this would help me recover data from the dead drive   <<   did you check if it has the same firmware level ?  if not, it will not help changing the boards.
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noxchoCommented:
If you need that data then stop trying to recover it yourself. Bring that device to data recovery shop\lab in your city and make specialists recover your data. If Windows is not able to initialize the drive then it cannot write unique id to HDD MBR. Any mistake and you could give up.
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ITTRAuthor Commented:
Hi All,

Thanks for your help. Still have not been able to recover data so I think a clean room is the only option.

Thanks again.

Regards,

Nick
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