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I have a desktop.  When turned hard drive tries as if a car tries to start but gives up.

I tried to access the data externally but it did not work.  Is this the logic board failure???

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The problem can be either the logic board or platters on the read/write head that are scraping against the platters on the drive. If you cannot get the drive to read, most likely the data is lost.

What you can do, is download a version of ontrack easy recovery http://www.krollontrack.com/software/ but in all honesty it sounds like the drive is bad. Some people might suggest that you put the drive in a zip lock bag freeze it for 10-15 mins and when it spins up recover the data, but the chances of this working are very low. Good luck!
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You said, "hard drive tries as if a car tries to start but gives up." Does that mean it is making  a ticking noise? Does it repeatedly try to spin up? What other noises, if any is it making?

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if your humidity in your location is over 15%, don't under any circumstances place it in the freezer, you may get condensation on the platters.

Sounds like a western digital drive, might be the click of death where the head subassembly is bad.

If the drive fails to seek home 3 times it will turn off to prevent damage on some models.

Unfortunately, if it's a western digital doing this, it's unlikely to be a be the circuit board.

Could you give us model number and mfg?
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by:noxcho
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Does your BIOS see the drive at all?
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by:DotNetChano
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If it comes down to it and you realize you cant recover the data you can at least check with western digital or seagate (whoever your drive is from) and see if its still under warranty. In most cases the drives are covered longer than you would expect.
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