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I need to rebuild a Hard Drive HELP PLEASE!!

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#1 Donny6977


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:33 PM

Ok, i have a problem, was getting some pictures off of a old hard drive for my sister, and when i pluged it into my pc, my pc would not power on, so i unplugged the hard drive and the pc powered up fine. So then i went to plan B and tried to use my sata/ide to usb to try and access the files. When i plugged the power in (from the adapter) the hard drive started to smoke, so i quickly unplugged it. My thought was if i bought the exact same hard drive (seagate barracuda 100gb IDE), if it was possible to exchange parts from one another to rebuild the broken hard drive. Any thoughts or suggestions would be great.

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#2 R0D3R1CK


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

Are you suggesting that you want to open the broken one and replace its parts?

Given that the harddrive was smoking (and, thus, that something was smoldering inside), there's a good chance that (1) the harddrive may no longer work at all (of course), and (2) the data may very well be corrupted or at least inaccessible.

If you are thinking about taking parts from the new harddrive and putting them in the old, that's a terrible idea. Why? Because it would require you to open the case of the new harddrive. Harddrives are quite sensitive. Exposure to air can have severe effects on the internal components.

If you still want to get the data off the harddrive, the only option I can think of would be to contact a business that specializes in data recovery. They would have the expertise and equipment needed to salvage your data.

#3 James Litten

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:21 PM


I'm afraid that you will need to send the drive to a facility with the proper environment and tools to recover the data from that drive now. Seagate offers that service and they are who I usually recommend for their drives.


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