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#1 PGHinBKK

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 10:46 PM

Last week I replaced the internal HD in my Acer, as the original one (a whole 18 months old) seemed to have 'frozen', and the unit wouldn't boot. I put in a 500gb Hitachi and hope things go better. BTW, can anyone give me an informed opinion as to the quality and longevity of Hitachi drives?

My question is whether the original 250gb Seagate drive can be brought back to life. There are LOTS of files and docs on it that I need, quite a few of which cannot be recreated. I installed it in one of those portable cases with a USB plug. When I plug it into my laptop, the power light goes on but the unit does not 'register' on the laptop, and I cannot hear any sounds of the drive spinning in it. Can I 'jump-start' it somehow?
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:03 AM

I have used a Hitachi laptop hard drive before which is working fine but i still prefer Western Digital hard drives. Did you have a look in disc management if the hard drive showed up in their?

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:51 AM

Killer, thank you for your prompt reply. No, I am not familiar with the 'disc management', so did not know to check there. How is it accessed? Is it in the device manager window? Is that the window, (under 'System information' I believe) to which ones goes to to de-frag the disc?
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 06:46 AM

Control Panel> Administrative Tools> Computer Management> Storage> Disk Management. Check if you see the hard drive there. Also have you tried plugging it in another USB port?

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 11:07 AM

If the drive motor isn't spinning you are short on options since once it fails there is no way to make it start again. At that point the only option is to swap the platters into a new drive that exactly matches the first one. This is not a easy or full proof job by any stretch of the imagination and I would not recommend you attempt it. The are many companies that perform this task for a fee of course. A basic platter swap of a laptop drive and file recovery will be somewhere in the $500 US range. So the only question is are the files worth that much to you?
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 07:47 PM

Control Panel> Administrative Tools> Computer Management> Storage> Disk Management. Check if you see the hard drive there. Also have you tried plugging it in another USB port?


Killer, thanx for your prompt reply. This is a laptop, and only has two USB ports, both of which respond the same. Is it possible for the computer to 'see' the HD, and display it in the window you described, yet not display it on the screen?
When I plugged a friend's HD (in a case like the one I described) into my USB port, the laptop 'saw' it as another flash-drive device, and worked with it perfectly as such.
I think I'll try the freezer trick first (since it's free!;) )and then see if it works. If not, I'm thinking about trying to get a new logic board for it.




Baltboy,
Thanx for the reply. I read about swapping platters on another site, and know it is not an option I can try. If the logic board of the HD is cooked would that prevent the platters from spinning? In other words, would the motor spin regardless of a fault in the logic board, but then simply be unable to be 'read'?

BTW, I'm a Pennsylvanian myself (Pittsburgh) although I've been living and working here in Thailand for about the last 10 years.

Edited by PGHinBKK, 03 April 2011 - 07:57 PM.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 10:44 PM

Most of the time with a board fault the spindle motor will still spin up. It is possible that the board could cause the motor to not spin but I personally have never seen it. If it does spin up but is unreadable there are several things that could have gone wrong. The board may have a fault or heads may have failed. If it is spinning up you can purchase another drive and try to swap the board which works occasionally. However it must be an exact match meaning the same make, model, and firmware revision.
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