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Hard Drive clicking, not spinning...

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#1 henryrf


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Posted 15 September 2015 - 04:10 PM

I have a 500gb Internal Hard Drive (Western Digital)


Supposedly the motor is broken so nobody can read what's on there.  I brought it to several places who hooked up software and nothing.  One option is to send it to a lab but that sounds expensive.  One guy i brought it to suggests getting a similar hard drive and swapping the disc but that sounds risky.

I would say the drive is about half full but I only need a fraction of what's on there.  Any help would greatly be appreciated...

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 15 September 2015 - 04:39 PM

Hello, and Welcome

Unless you have a certified clean room I would not attempt it. A professional data recovery service can charge between $600-$1000 or more to recover your data. A poster on here was from DataMedics.  Another good service is DriveSavers. They should provide a free quote.


The cheapest recovery service I found was here but I have no experience with them. 

Edited by JohnC_21, 15 September 2015 - 04:43 PM.

#3 mjd420nova


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Posted 15 September 2015 - 09:45 PM

Yes, if the drive motors are bad, and not the controller card.  I have a number of different drives that have already served as donors working mechanisms to recover a clients important data.  It can be involved and a clean room is the first step.  I have access to a standard lab so that presents no problem there but that is the biggest cost involved.  It also depends on a donors availability.

Edited by mjd420nova, 15 September 2015 - 09:46 PM.

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