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How can i fix/recover from my HDD?


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#1 Rocky4510

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:26 PM

Hi guys. My PC stopped booting a while back, turned out the HDD was playing up. I used this opportunity to buy a new PC so I did.. But I'd love to try to recover most of the data from my old hard drive if possible. I've taken it apart and noticed the arm doesn't go back to the normal position. Here is a video of what happens: (I know its bad for me to run the HDD without the cover, didn't realise this until after I done it and read about it) and sorry for the bad video

 

<embed width="600" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" allowNetworking="all" wmode="transparent" src="http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf" flashvars="file=http%3A%2F%2Fvid939.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fad235%2FAdam_Rocky_Richardson%2F028_zpsee740a33.mp4&title=">

 

Is there anything I can do? I've tried to pull the arm back whilst spinning the plate back to its normal position, but it just starts up and gets stuck again.

 

The HDD is a Samsung HD501LJ 500GB

 

Thank you for any advice/info

 

Adam


If the video doesn't work guys, let me know


Edited by hamluis, 05 August 2014 - 05:04 PM.
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#2 scotty_ncc1701

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:09 PM

The link provided isn't correct, so I looked up your "Samsung HD501LJ 500GB".  It appears to be a 3.5 inch drive.  So, put the drive in a spare slot on your computer, and see if you can get to the data that way.  If you can't or won't open your computer case, because of warrenty reasons, then purchase an external drive enclosure, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-NexStar-2-5-Inch-External-Enclosure/dp/B002JQNXZC%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q%26tag%3Dduckduckgo-d-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB002JQNXZC

The above is only an example, not a recommendation on the model, etc.  Just make sure that it is SATA compatible (based on what I found).

 

The above shows a 2.5 inch enclosure; but the purpose of an example, not the exact model.

Put your old drive in it, and see if you can get to the data.

Finally, in both cases, if you can't get to the data, then download a Linux live CD/DVD iso, burn it to a CD/DVD, and boot from the CD/DVD.  I had a problem years ago, when one of my drives was going out, and the live CD/DVD allowed me to recover most of the data.  The rest was recovered from backups, or wasn't important (e.g. *.bak).

Best of luck!
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Edited by scotty_ncc1701, 05 August 2014 - 05:11 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 10:43 PM

Hi guys. My PC stopped booting a while back, turned out the HDD was playing up. I used this opportunity to buy a new PC so I did.. But I'd love to try to recover most of the data from my old hard drive if possible. I've taken it apart and noticed the arm doesn't go back to the normal position. Here is a video of what happens: (I know its bad for me to run the HDD without the cover, didn't realise this until after I done it and read about it) and sorry for the bad video

 

<embed width="600" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" allowNetworking="all" wmode="transparent" src="http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf" flashvars="file=http%3A%2F%2Fvid939.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fad235%2FAdam_Rocky_Richardson%2F028_zpsee740a33.mp4&title=">

 

Is there anything I can do? I've tried to pull the arm back whilst spinning the plate back to its normal position, but it just starts up and gets stuck again.

 

The HDD is a Samsung HD501LJ 500GB

 

Thank you for any advice/info

 

Adam


If the video doesn't work guys, let me know

I'm afraid that a DIY procedure to recover your data on your side is still possible considering the drive's current condition. The drive must be open in a clean room with proper tools and equipment like the ones that professional data recovery facilities had.


Edited by Frozwire, 05 August 2014 - 10:44 PM.

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#4 Man_1n_Black

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 11:10 PM

If you have opened the drive to see the platter and the heads, then there is nothing you can do, you will have to get a data recovery specialist to scan the platter for data. Shouldnt cost more than a thousand bucks.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:49 AM

I missed the "I've taken it apart and noticed the arm doesn't go back to the normal position", in the original post.  Then all I said, in the case of this post is moot, the drive is toast.


Best of luck!
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