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Hard Drive Stuck (not Spinning)


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#1 caperdog

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 07:37 PM

had a maxtor 300 gig in external enclosure under desk. when i stood up my foot hooked the wire and knocked it over while it was running. tested enclosure OK. put drive in other computer and it makes beeping sounds. reading tells me the drive is stuck at spindle or bearing and platters won' t turn. have read about freezing method but that seems like a short fix ( 10 minutes or less). one guide told me to heat it in oven and tap drive to free it up but that didn't work.
any ideas or links to guides to disassemble platters and free whatever is stuck.

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#2 caperdog

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 08:25 PM

i may have found my answer on U-Tube no less !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c_MTX6-gYg...feature=related
the thing is toast anyway so i may as well try it tomorrow, but first i'll freeze it tonight to get that myth out of the way.

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 09:11 PM

The freezer trick is no myth but it won't work in your situation. I hope you don't think you're going to repair it when taking it apart
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Posted 20 April 2008 - 08:39 PM

OK the freeze method did not work. the heads were not stuck. the spindle was stuck. i got it moving but you could feel a rough section that got better the more i spun it. apparently if speed is not right detection will fail. well i put it back together and it spun but heads were scraping disk so it must have been out of balance. it was actually recognized once by bios.

no i didn't have hope of repairing it but nothing ventured .... i did gain some knowledge and appreciation
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