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 PostPost subject: Is this possible?        Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:47 am 
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Since I don't know too much about data recovery, there is something I really need off my dead hard drive, however static electricity got to it and won't boot up, it just smells faintly like burning,

Is there a way I can get it to start up again, and recover stuff off of it or am I SOL?

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normally i'd say get an external enclosure and a good data recovery software, but i'd trash it dude, when something smells like its frying, that's usually the point of no return

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ahh I recently called a local business in town called Recovery Force and they say they are able to retrieve the stuff off of it, but it comes with a $300 CAD price tag.

I just hope my friends co-operate and they give me their cell numbers again.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:37 am 
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I had this happen to an old 10GB Maxtor HDD, that had my entire mp3 collection. It to smelled of burning. I would say throw it in the bin.

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ahh I recently called a local business in town called Recovery Force and they say they are able to retrieve the stuff off of it, but it comes with a $300 CAD price tag.

I just hope my friends co-operate and they give me their cell numbers again.


What some companies (or people) do is transfer the platters etc (I'm not really sure what, but anyway) into a new hard drive that is the exact same model and they can usually recover stuff off it.


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Well I would recommend Recuva (excellent freeware file recovery tool) however professional data recovery may be your best bet. If the hard-drive is fried I don't know any tool that could be able to read files of it.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:55 am 
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hypr wrote:
ahh I recently called a local business in town called Recovery Force and they say they are able to retrieve the stuff off of it, but it comes with a $300 CAD price tag.

I just hope my friends co-operate and they give me their cell numbers again.


What some companies (or people) do is transfer the platters etc (I'm not really sure what, but anyway) into a new hard drive that is the exact same model and they can usually recover stuff off it.

you have to be extremely exact. i have the same problem right about now, trying to find the correct model


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does the hard drive detect in the bios? if it detects in the bios usually programs like get data data back can retrieve files of them even if it doesnt show up as a hd in windows

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hypr wrote:
ahh I recently called a local business in town called Recovery Force and they say they are able to retrieve the stuff off of it, but it comes with a $300 CAD price tag.

I just hope my friends co-operate and they give me their cell numbers again.


What some companies (or people) do is transfer the platters etc (I'm not really sure what, but anyway) into a new hard drive that is the exact same model and they can usually recover stuff off it.

you have to be extremely exact. i have the same problem right about now, trying to find the correct model


didnt you like screw up with your attempt cause the replacement hdd you got was like 1 model number off or something?


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yup. i got 2 and both didn't work, one came up as a 10gb hdd (should be 80gb) in bios :? . still looking


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well man, i know that the HDD disks can be recovered, generally (if needed) they will remove the disks from HDD and put them into the same enclosure in an antistatic room, i was going to have one of my HDD's recovered, but it was hella expensive at the time...

i couldnt find anyone in my local area at the time, and unfortunately the closest place i could find was in New Hampsire (i am in nova scotia, canada) ugh...i never sent it away, but after a conversation with someone from here: http://www.vantagetech.com/index.html the guy told me it would be do-able for sure, and usually they are able to recover anytime, anything..

i am not sure of where you are located, but sumthin along the lines of this place will be able to help for sure...as long as you are willing to sent it away and wait a bit..or you may wanna try and track down sumthin like this place in yer local neck of the woods

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:23 pm 
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I remember when I was trying to get Tabworks 1.0 off the drive and used GetDataBack for FAT, it worked but someone suggested freezing the drive for a few minutes which would help it spin up, I know its a long shot but I need to get those cell numbers off the drive.


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Long live mirrored drives :P
Nothing really i can recommend, just look around look on internet.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:23 pm 
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300$ recovery from Recovery Force seems good, I know I don't want to do it but it is probably the best route now , that or replace the board on the drive.


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^^ yeah man there are at least a number of things you have the capability to do....

and freezing the drive works from time to time, just watch for build-ups of condensation thats all....
*and yeah, there is sumthin to be said about mirrored drives.... or an external to back things up..


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I agree with teriaki 511 even if you have lots of data probably 60% might not be relevant so just backup the essential stuff like family pictures etc because if you have wiped your camera memory then there is no going back if you loose them.

hope you consider backup 8)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:50 pm 
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Save the $300 and get a couple of 1TB drives, one for storage and one as a mirror/backup drive (perhaps an external drive for a little added insurance should your PC go kaboom). If there was anything *EXTREMELY* important then I can understand wanting to recover it but unless that's the case I'd chalk it down to experience and use it as a lesson to back up your stuff.


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