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Western Digital 2500 Hard Drive, crash, BIOS won't read


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#1 Jeremy James

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:42 PM

Hey guys,

 

I have a WD2500 Hard Drive that has catastrophically crashed.  BIOS won't read it.  Someone tried to hook it up today, and the computer recognized "something" that it tried to find a driver for, but it would never read it as a hard drive.

 

I don't know if it will ever work again.  However, I'd like to get my data off.  I am very scared of the "freezer" method.

 

I have talked to $300 Data Recovery, and they think it will be a 60% chance of full recovery, $75 of partial.

 

This happened 3 years ago, and I know that there are tech improvements all the time.

 

Any suggestions for how I can get the data off myself? 

Thanks,

 

Jeremy



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#2 Jeremy James

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 09:34 PM

Has anyone a suggestion for me?

Thanks. 



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 12:30 AM

There is a fine line to be drawn there is software that allows you to read the drive when windows or OSX is unable to. However if the drive isn't running or a head is dammaged this won't help and any attempts to read the drive can cause More dammage.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 08:48 PM

So, what would you suggest?



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:17 PM

Someone tried to hook it up today, and the computer recognized "something" that it tried to find a driver for, but it would never read it as a hard drive.

 

The chances of proceeding to a data recovery would be to investigate first by a couple of methods. By connecting it internally on desktop as a slave preferrably and or externally by usb adapter/enclosure and using a Live linux bootable disc. If either method did not worked, then seeking a professional recovery center is the only chances at this point.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:12 AM

Exactly, I would start with the free ones like parted magic, then you could try Active kill disk if I remember correctly they say you can read/access/recover failed raid controller raid 5 array on any hardware using their software ( I may have the vender name wrong)


Edit2: You also asked my opinion.if the drive was mine I would determine if what is mising is worth the 300-500 fee a company In Florida that we have used to recover servers

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:05 AM

What company is that?



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 02:31 AM

My boss sends the drives out, I will ask him Monday and get back to you.

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