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This *beeping* Hard Drive

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#1 Sedgewicke


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 10:34 PM

About a week or so ago, I bought a refurbished MacBook to replace my busted one. I switched out the new hard drive with my old one and then commandeered it for use with my severely hard-up-for-space PC. I don't think switching it from Mac to PC would have any bearing on my current predicament, since I didn't have any problem reformating it, but you never know.


This issue at hand is such:


One day, it was working fine. The next, it started beeping at me. I don't recall if I removed it, and then the issue started when I plugged it back in, or if it just suddenly went dark completely unpromted. 


I looked up a tutorial on how to fix the problem, where I was informed that "the head was on the plate" or some similarly morbid euphemism. Opening it up, lo, I found that the arm was situated over the disk as was shown in the tutorial. I followed the instructions given, gently rotating the disk and moving the arm back in place. Foolishly, I went and screwed the top back on, confident that I'd solved everything in one go.


The result of this was a slightly different beeping sound. Angrily re-unscrewing the top, I found that the arm wasn't over the disk-- it seemed fine, based on my knowledge of what a working hard drive should look like inside (which would be none whatsoever).


I figured at this point it would be best to just make a video of the problem:




There might be some lag in the video-- I don't know if it's the video itself, or just the result of viewing it on my memory-deprived computer, but I hope it's clear enough. Note, that after a short pause, it'll start up again... and continue to fail.


I think I might have a warranty on it, but if possible, I'd like to have another go at fixing it myself. Unless it's completely busted. At which point, I really hope that warranty covers file recovery. Thankfully, there's nothing too earth-shatteringly important on there, but it's the principle of the thing.


I think I've come to accept that my fate in life is to constantly be fixing jank hard drives that are sure to break again a couple months later, like some sort of 21th century Sisyphus.

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#2 TsVk!


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:57 PM

By opening the disk you have voided your warranty. Disks cannot be opened safely in any environment except a hermetically sealed laboratory. You can have another go at fixing it if you like.


Though, I'm afraid it is broken mate. Sorry.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 12:01 AM

TsVk! posted as I was typing...


I was also going to respond it would be rare to recover normal function once a drive displays those characteristic symptoms. It's almost always terminal, with damage done to head, platter or both.


Any hope of warranty will certainly have been voided by opening the drive, and warranty doesn't include any type of file recovery anyway.

Edited by Platypus, 13 May 2014 - 12:02 AM.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:17 AM

Once you open up a hard drive you can't use it any more. The only time to open up a hard drive is as a last ditch effort to retrieve information off of it - during that session that you turn it on after opening it. You get your data then if you can, and then throw away the hard drive.

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