Hard drive recovery (in Off-topic)


Fishead January 5 2011 3:50 AM EST

Does anybody have a success story? I live near Berkeley, CA so if any locals have a good place let me know. Thanks.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] January 5 2011 4:20 AM EST

symptoms?

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] January 5 2011 4:21 AM EST

(that isn't a suggestion you try and boot it again btw)

Fishead January 5 2011 4:24 AM EST

It's an external drive that doesn't sound like it's spinning. I haven't tried a new power supply/housing yet or putting it in a computer, but I suspect it's dead.

AdminNightStrike January 5 2011 7:47 AM EST

For a couple grand, you can most likely get all of your data back. Most places that sell that service just underwrite for someone else.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] January 5 2011 8:26 AM EST

was it a cheap external case bought separately from the hard drive or a drive and case all bought together?

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] January 5 2011 8:58 AM EST

Freeze it!!!

Pwned January 5 2011 10:08 AM EST

If its extremely important than you can pay the high fees from a professional to try to get it recovered, else just toss it and mark as a loss. Its expensive to try to salvage from a broken hard drive. backups.....

Gunny Pew Pew [Red Permanent Assurance] January 5 2011 11:32 AM EST

My external corrupted last week. Am using a data recovery demo to get what I can back. >.>

Fishead January 5 2011 1:24 PM EST

It was a cheap (Western digital maybe) drive in a cheap enclosure, been running nonstop for five years. It's connected to an old laptop and sits in a cabinet connected to my network. I use it to store pictures and music mostly. I haven't checked it out because it's behind the Christmas tree and kind of a pain to get to right now. I have 80-90 % of it backed up on disks or other computers, but was hoping to not have to re-rip my music, and get back the other 20 % of my pictures. It's not worth $2000.00 but I'd spend a few hundred to get my photo's back.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] January 5 2011 1:49 PM EST

if it was a cheap enclosure, those things go out frequently. the drive might still be fine.

Tal [G6] January 5 2011 2:04 PM EST

take the drive out of the enclosure and install directly into a computer... as a secondary drive of course...

the guts in the enclosure that take it from ide/sata to usb goes out faster and more often than the actual drive

Fishead January 5 2011 2:07 PM EST

I was hoping for the best (bad enclosure) but planning for the worst. It's good to hear that the enclosures fail frequently, it gives me hope.

Demigod January 5 2011 5:33 PM EST

If you don't see any lit LEDs on the case, it's likely just the power brick.
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